Looking back at Philadelphia pro sports in 2017 with some laughs, cringes, tears and cheers. Even if Brock Stassi did hit .167, it's hard not to think of that video and still not well up.
Friends we've lost
"I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't tired. I definitely was. But at the same time, everyone else is in the same boat. You've got to learn from it. And hopefully sometime soon we're worrying about how to play into October. " — Rhys Hoskins at the end of the 2017 season
"Everybody just looks at each other. Is this true? Come on, man. There's nothing else you can say. You just shrug your shoulders and start laughing. It's incredible." — rookie catcher Jorge Alfaro while watching teammate Rhys Hoskins hit 18 homers in 30 games
"I think we lost that game from the jump ball. I think we took them lightly. We paid for it." — Joel Embiid after a December loss to Phoenix
"I said to him, 'You've got a chance to be a young Wilt Chamberlain.' I've never, ever told that to anybody before." — Sonny Hill referring to Joel Embiid
"Not to be cocky, but I think I'm the best defensive player in the league right now." — Joel Embiid
"I can do good things here in the NBA." — Dario Saric, who finished second in the 2016-17 rookie of the year voting behind Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon and ahead of teammate Embiid.
"Everybody knows Pederson isn't a head coach. He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've ever seen. When will the Eagles admit their mistake? Will they throw away 2017 by stubbornly sticking to the Pederson Principle?" — former NFL GM Mike Lombardi, before the season, on a podcast on the website The Ringer
"I don't anticipate demonstrating this week simply because I felt like when I started demonstrating, my whole motivation was to draw awareness to disenfranchised people, communities of color, injustices around the country, our criminal justice system.
"And obviously through this year and talking with the league and what they've kind of proposed, I feel like has presented a bigger and better platform to continue to raise that awareness and continue to fluctuate positive change. Not only with the money that they've put up (reportedly $89 million), because I think that's probably the least important part of the deal, but with the resources and platform that they proposed to build." — Malcolm Jenkins on ending his raised-fist protest during the national anthem