That's not a Photoshop interpretation of this baseball season, that's actually a baseball stadium under water. Justin De Fratus, a Phillies pitching prospect and soon-to-be Weather Channel intern, snapped these photos of Bright House Field on Sunday -- site of Phillies spring training, home to the Clearwater Threshers.
Looks like their next home game -- scheduled for Thursday -- could be a little soggy.
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We don't mean to make light of Tropical Storm Debby, which has spawned fatal weather patterns, and clearly left sensational damage in its wake. It's just hard not to be in awe of this spectacle.
As a reporter of sorts, I'll have to have a water cooler chat with a well-versed Turfgrass Science expert to get the inside scoop on when and how the grounds crew will get the field ready for activity again. Until then, we have little no further information to offer.
As for De Fratus, who you may recall gained some big league experience last September, he's only pitched once all year including spring training. The 24 year old is recovering from something called a flexor pronator strain in his throwing elbow. I don't know what that is, but I hope he comes back soon.
After Sunday, the Phillies' record is 34-40.
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EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.
Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.
Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.
Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.
Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.
TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.
Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,
Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.