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Philadelphia: Can’t believe this my life

Baseball

The GIST: The Sixers beat LeBron (and team), and the Phillies finally signed J.T. Realmuto in a blockbuster deal. Mood.

January 28, 2021
 Source: Sixers/Twitter.com
Source: Sixers/Twitter.com

🏀Is that not a scoreboard?: We always knew it, but last night the Sixers proved it: the east coast is the best coast. The Sixers, who are No. 1 in the Eastern Conference, beat the LA Lakers, who are No. 1 in the Western Conference, 107–106 thanks to Tobias Harris’ stunning last-second jumper. Bet that one felt good.

  • Center Joel Embiid scored 28 points, and point guard Ben Simmons brought in his third triple-double this season. After a few disappointing years, it’s exciting to see this team finally start to shine

⚾️If you catch it, they will come: The Phillies re-signed catcher J.T. Realmuto to a five-year deal worth $115.5 million on Tuesday. Realmuto has consistently been one of the league’s best all-around catchers, and this deal made MLB history as the highest average annual value contract for any catcher. Casual. 

  • Phillies’ ownership gave fans a scare by delaying this deal when Realmuto entered free agency after last season, but with first baseman Bryce Harper’s advocacy for Realmuto to stay, it seems like we all got our wishes. Let’s hope it’s money well-spent (in other words, playoffs, please!).