Chase Utley bobblehead giveaway at least gets his soul patch right

Chase Utley bobblehead giveaway at least gets his soul patch right

The Reading Fightins will be giving away a Chase Utley bobblehead on their opening night on April 3rd to the first 3,000 adults. If adults love anything, it's Chase Utley.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Now, getting a bobblehead to look like the actual person it's made to represent is often challenging. The Utley one doesn't exactly look like the Phillies second baseman, but at least it does get the soul patch right.

It looks like someone else famous, but I can't put my finger on it. Who do you think?

Here's the full press release from the Fightins:

There are only 64 days until Opening Night on Thursday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. and there are plenty of reasons to get excited about it, highlighted by a Chase Utley Fightins Bobblehead giveaway to the first 3,000 adults 15 and over thanks to CJ’s Tire and Automotive Services and a VIP On-Field Warning Track Cocktail Party. 25 fans in attendance on Opening Night will also win a game-worn jersey thanks to VF Outlets while one lucky fan will win a trip to Spring Training 2015 thanks to White Star Tours.

Tickets for the Opening Night game go on-sale at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 30th via, by calling the Fightin Phils Ticket Office at 610-370-BALL, or by stopping by the box office in person. VIP On-Field Warning Track Cocktail Party tickets, Red Reserved Seats and General Admission tickets will be available for purchase while Blue Box Seats and Yellow Box Seats are available by purchasing a Fightin Phils Season Tickets or Mini-Plans.

“It’s hard to top last season’s Opening Night, but the 2014 season hits the ground running,” said Fightin Phils General Manager Scott Hunsicker. “Our Chase Utley Fightins bobblehead giveaway is an incredible item that only can be found in Baseballtown. We’re bringing back both our jersey giveaway and VIP Warning Track Party again this year due to resounding demand from our fans.”

He starts at second base for the Philadelphia Phillies, was a member of the 2008 World Series championship team, and on April 3, he’ll become a bobblehead when the club gives a Chase Utley Fightins Bobblehead to the first 3,000 adults thanks to CJ’s Tire and Automotive Services. Utley’s stint in Reading will be forever commemorated with the first bobblehead giveaway to feature a Fightin Phils jersey.

In addition to the bobblehead giveaway, 25 fans will win a navy blue Fightins game-worn jersey thanks to VF Outlets that the team will wear to start the 2014 season.   All fans that will be in attendance for the 48th season opener will be eligible to win the authentic autographed jerseys free of charge.

Opening Night will also see the return of the VIP On-Field Warning Track Cocktail Party that will allow partygoers to watching batting practice from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. and mingle with the 2014 Fightin Phils while enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet and open bar. VIP Tickets for the evening include both access to the on-field party and Fairgrounds Square Mall ’67 Club Picnic Area and cost $35 per ticket.

One lucky fan will also win trip to Clearwater, Florida for Spring Training in 2015 thanks to White Star Tours.

A full list of promotions will be announced leading up to the first day of individual game ticket sales on February 13th.

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."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.