Holiday Viewing: Phillies Take On the Woebegone Mets in New York

Holiday Viewing: Phillies Take On the Woebegone Mets in New York

Ahh, yes. Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Hopefully you're reading this on your iPhone while sitting beachside down the shore -- worst case scenario you're in some traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway. If you do happen to be sitting in an office, we're sorry. It'll get better.

Memorial Day Weekend is a time to take it easy, and with that, the Phillies will kick off a three game set against the Mets in New York before a quick trip south to face the Nationals. Beating up on the dregs of the NL East is how the Phillies can put some distance between themselves and the rest of the NL. The Phillies should beat up on the Mets and Nats. That's what they were built to do.

You have to like the Phils pitching matchups this weekend with Roy Oswalt kicking it off tonight against left-hander Chris Capuano, followed by Hamels vs. Pelfrey, and finally Worley vs. Niese on Sunday. Even the Phillies fill-in fifth starter instills a pretty nice level of confidence in Phillies fans when facing the Mets.

Hopefully the Phils caught up on their sleep last night after the wild two wins in roughly 16 hours on Thursday. The wacky 19-inning game counts just the same as any other in the win column, but pulling that out with the team rallying behind Danys Baez and Wilson Valdez seemed to increase morale amongst the team and the fanbase more than any other victory this season.

The Mets, of course, have been going through some franchise drama that is hilarious to outsiders rooting for other teams, but must be truly painful for the Flushing Faithful. You almost feel bad for… No. No, you don't almost feel bad for them.

First pitch tonight scheduled for 7:10. Any Philadelphians heading up the turnpike to take in a game at Citi? Or transplants showing their support?

Enjoy the weekend. Eat some ice cream. Keep your beer cold. Go Phils.


A quick note on another Mets matter, Mike Missanelli recently took an opportunity to call Mets fans "half-human, obnoxious, drunks." While we dislike Mets fans as much as the next Phillies fan, Mikey Miss seems to be falling into the same stereotypical trap that we get so angry about national columnist using when talking about Philly fans. Metsblog also claims Phillies fans are still "obsessed" with New York. He's wrong, of course. We just love a good laugh. 

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.