Ben Revere Busted It Down the First-Base Line on a Broken Foot

Ben Revere Busted It Down the First-Base Line on a Broken Foot

Say what you want about these Phillies. They may be too old, make too many poor decisions, and simply may not have what it takes.

You can’t say they weren’t trying their absolute hardest to win on Saturday though. I mean, Jimmy Rollins faceplanting into home to score a game-winning run wasn’t even the most impressive effort on the day.

That honor goes to none other than Ben Revere, who was sadly lost to a broken foot Ryan Howard style on the final at bat in Game 1 of the Fightins’ double header against the White Sox. Revere fouled a ball off the inside of his foot/ankle, and X-rays after the game were positive – which of course means bad.

We say X-rays “after the game” not just because it ended shortly thereafter, but because Revere stayed in to finish the at bat. He actually saw three more pitches from Chicago closer Addison Reed before hitting into the game-ending 5-4-3 double play.

For a guy who could barely walk back to the dugout afterwards, he surprisingly almost beat the throw to first. Only a minute or two earlier he was busy writhing around in the dirt.

Not sure if the Phils’ 25-year-old centerfielder was aware or not at the time that Charlie Manuel had used up their bench already after 11 innings. Doesn’t make it any less gutsy or impressive either way.

Of course, all this talk about how Revere tried to tough one out for the team overshadows the fact that he’ll be absent for a yet-to-be-determined amount of time, which will surely be awhile – weeks to months.  He had raised his batting average to a very strong .305 prior to the injury, plus is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak. Huge loss obviously.

Huge 5-3 loss in Game 1 of the double header as well. The Sox did all they could to hand it over to the Phillies, putting a runner on third with no outs via balk in the ninth, then again with one out in the tenth via error. All they had to do was hit a somewhat decent fly ball.

Can’t believe these two teams are going back at it a mere 12 hours later. This has got to be the most looked-forward to All-Star break in quite some time for most of these guys.

>> Revere suffers broken right foot on foul ball (w/video) [MLB]
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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.