Angelo Cataldi & The Morning Team
Darin Ruf is a man without a position for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies.
The Eagles are either very close, or not close at all, to finding a way to part with wide receiver DeSean Jackson before next season, depending on who you talk to.
Jesse Biddle is living a dream. Biddle is from the area, attended Germantown Friends, and grew up a Phillies fan. So to be drafted by his favorite team, and have the chance to make the big league club is an opportunity that very few people ever have.
Spring Training is different for the Phillies this year. Not just because of the new faces like Larry Bowa, AJ Burnett, and Marlon Byrd, but because of what is expected of the players by manager Ryne Sandberg.
The Eagles made a big commitment to center Jason Kelce when they gave him a six-year, $37.5 million contract extension. The dollars and years were an obvious factor in keeping Kelce in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t the only reason. The coach, and the front office, have impressed Kelce as well.
When Jonathan Papelbon talks, there is usually quite a bit of reaction. Earlier this year, when Papelbon said that he doesn’t perform as well when the team isn’t winning, that reaction was generally negative. It seems it wasn’t only a lack of fire that caused Papelbon’s disappointing 2013 season.
Even the biggest supporters of former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel would have admitted the team was in need of a change. Surely there were other reasons, including personnel and injuries that caused that disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013, but the clubhouse needed a jolt of energy. Ryne Sandberg seems to be bringing that to the table in Clearwater this year.
Do you like Marc bald or with his toupee?
The Sixers have lost 11 straight games, the most recent of which was to the team with the NBA’s worst record, the Milwaukee Bucks. The team traded two of its starters for a total of three second round picks. Of the players currently on the active roster, there are only two sure-fire NBA players. Still, things seem like they’re right on track.
The 94WIP Morning Show announced their Winners and Weasels for the week of February 21st, 2014.
Terrell Owens is back in town, and he’s reminiscing.
Ryne Sandberg reiterated what Cole Hamels and Ruben Amaro have already said: Cole Hamels’ arm trouble is not anything to be worried about.
The fine print says that Jack Lavery’s half court shot would not be netting him $10,000. His father thinks the school should make an exception.
Joe Conklin carries a ubiquitous quality. If you’ve been around the banquet circuit or award dinner season long enough in the Philadelphia area, you’re bound to have run into the shaved head comedian and impressionist extraordinaire.
There will be two former Phillies in the booth for the team this year during television broadcasts, but neither will be the Wild Thing.