Photo: Phillies Jumped By the Marlins Yet Again

Photo: Phillies Jumped By the Marlins Yet Again

Omar Infante and the Miami Marlins Superfly Snooka'd the Phillies this weekend down in Florida with the Fish sweeping the three-game series and helping Philadelphia dig their basement-dwelling home in the NL East just a little bit deeper.

Despite being nine games under .500 for the first time since 2006 and currently 11 games back in the NL East, the Phillies players aren't packing it in just yet. They're still trying to say the right things at least.

Per Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, you know Roy Halladay isn't rolling over just yet.

“It’s up to us. It really is," Halladay said after Sunday's loss. "We can tuck our tails or we can fight.
There’s a chance we fight and still come up short, but I’d rather do it
that way than admit defeat halfway through the year. I think we’ve got a
long ways to go. Getting Chase (Utley) back, Howie’s (Ryan Howard)
coming back, I feel like I can pitch better. We’ve got a lot of things
that can improve that I think we’re looking forward to in the second
half. I believe we have the mentality that we’re going to go out and
play hard. If we come up short we come up short, but I don’t think it’s
going to be due to a lack of effort or a lack of interest. I feel like
we have a chance and we’re going to go out and play that way.”

The Phillies seem to believe they can fight back in the second half, but do you? The next six games before the All-Star break will be huge. The Phils do not play tomorrow.

Got a caption for the above photo? Share it in the comments.

Photo Caption: July 1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second
baseman Omar Infante (12) turns a double play over Philadelphia
Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence (3) during the first inning at
Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

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.