Photo by: Matt Cord

Baseball season is around the corner, and that is always a good thing!

It means the weather is finally going to start to heat up and the summer is approaching.

It is even more exciting now that the city is fully behind the Phillies again after the team’s World Series run last season that was seemingly out of nowhere!

The Phillies entered the postseason as the last-seeded wild card team, and went on an insane run that left them two games short of bringing the World Series back to the city, and giving us all a parade down Broad Street!

After the season, the team made a bunch of great additions, including adding the best shortstop in baseball, Trea Turner, and bolstering the bullpen, which has been a weak point in years past.

I am sure Citizens Bank Park will be rockin’ all year long!

Plus, who isn’t excited for a dollar dog night, or two?

All that to be said, it is still the thick of the NBA season, and the 76ers are on a hot streak heading into the final stretch of the season!

But sometimes the two sports worlds collide and that is exactly what happened this past Friday night as the Sixers took on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Well, technically, three sports worlds collided that night, but I’ll get to that later!

A legendary, Hall of Fame catcher was in the building to see what turned out to be an amazing game.

Johnny Bench, the leader of The Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds teams, was down at the Wells Fargo Center, and I could not have been more stoked!

Bench won two World Series titles as a player.

Not to mention the two National League MVP trophies #5 also took home during his playing career!

Bench is actually great friends with the Sixers’ 6th man, Alan Horwitz, so that is why he was in the building!

I was so pumped that I had to grab a picture with the Hall of Famer!

And I wasn’t the only one!

Alaa Abdelnaby, the 76ers’ TV broadcaster, was also excited to grab a photo with one of the best baseball players of all time!

The picture I grabbed with him was right after I asked him if it would be cool if I introduced him to the sold-out crowd in the 3rd quarter, which was an honor!

Number 5 was not the only person I introduced to the crowd that night!

I also introduced number 6 for the Philadelphia Eagles, DeVonta Smith, who was courtside at the game!

And, yes, I also do those intros on the fly and write down some chicken scratch to keep it organized a little bit!

Just in case you were wondering!

Altogether, it was another fun night down at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday!

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