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PHILADELPHIA >> For a political tone, it might be more than 20 years outdated, but for managerial sincerity, Gabe Kapler perhaps thought he struck the perfect chord Thursday while talking about the ongoing rebuilding project on Vince Velasquez’s confidence.

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PHILADELPHIA >> If keeping Odubel Herrera on the bench at the start of Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies raised some eyebrows, it’s probably because it took Gabe Kapler so long before finally sitting Herrera down.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Immediately after Wednesday’s practice, Eagles rookie tight end Dallas Goedert got together with a visitor from South Dakota State University, where he developed into a second-round draft pick.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Crowding Brandon Graham’s locker is a pair of crutches and an enormous protective boot. Picture an over-sized stocking hanging from the mantle during the Christmas season.

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PHILADELPHIA >> The Eagles weren’t much help Wednesday explaining the role they played in deciding to send a spartan delegation to visit the White House, infuriating President Donald Trump, who revoked the invitation.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Even as the 76ers were waiting for an independent report on their general manager’s alleged reckless tweeting, they officially re-committed Thursday to their head coach.

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PHILADELPHIA >> It was tough to say what the most surprising development on the first day of organized team activities was for the Eagles.

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CAMDEN, N.J. >> One by one, the Sixers met Thursday with management at corporate headquarters, the scars from their 114-112 playoff-elimination loss to the Boston Celtics still fresh for all to see.

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PHILADELPHIA >> It’s not clear if remnants of a Citizens Bank Park crowd of 22,456 Tuesday night booed the manager or the closer, Hector Neris, when he entered with one out in the ninth inning of a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

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Villanova received a little insurance Tuesday just in case guard Donte DiVincenzo decides to stay in the NBA Draft and forgo his two remaining years of eligibility.

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MARPLE >> Before Paul Motta handed the lineup card to the umpire for the 1,650th game, give or take a rainout, he addressed the crowd honoring him for his 47th and final season as baseball coach at Delaware County Community College.