Public Service Announcement: You Are Not a Professional Baseball Player

Public Service Announcement: You Are Not a Professional Baseball Player

To every person who ever argued reaching into the field of play for a live ball is understandable because it's instinct or reaction:

Quit being a willfully ignorant fan, and keep your hands where they belong.

You are not a Major League Baseball player. You don't belong on the field, your hands don't belong anywhere near a live ball, and if you can't understand these basic principles, you don't even belong at the game as a spectator.

Earlier this year, many baseball fans came to the defense of the kid who interfered with a ball in play at Citizens Bank Park. Their points ranged from it's natural to reach for the ball, to the misguided idea that the play in question actually assisted the Phillies.

To the latter, let me make this simple for you. When you enter the field of play, the results are unpredictable. Maybe you cause a triple to become a double for the opposing team. Who knows, maybe you get tazed!

Then again, maybe you are responsible for taking an extra base hit away from your own team and cost them an out--you know, essentially blowing the game when those runs don't eventually come across.

(Before anybody chimes in and says the Phillies have nobody to blame but themselves for the loss, I don't entirely disagree, but let's not pretend the impact of this particular play was minor.)

And if you are one of those people who react to an airborne baseball the way a cat does when a shoelace is waved in front of its face, it's time you take some responsibility for your actions. This is elementary school stuff.

Chances are if you are sitting in the front row, this isn't your first rodeo. You know the rules of the sport, and are aware of several highly publicized incidents of fan obstruction from the last decade or two. In short, you don't touch a ball when it is in play.

Is it instinct to reach for something flying toward you? To some extent, sure. However, I've seen numerous instances of people CONTROLLING THEMSELVES and not blatantly breaking the rules, so I KNOW FOR A FACT this can be done.

You don't see people sitting courtside at Sixers games colliding with Andre Iguodala when a loose ball is heading out of bounds, do you?

Just save it, people. If you can't sit in the front row and behave yourself, leave those tickets for the real fans who can appreciate that they are not supposed to project themselves into the action.

You are not a professional athlete. You are not funny. You are not cool. You are not needed at all. The end.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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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."

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face to take Ron Brooks' roster spot.

On Monday, the team claimed defensive tackle Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart was just waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who claimed him after the Eagles waived him at final cuts.

So, Hart is coming back to Philly after a stint with Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

Hart, 25, played in one game for the 49ers this year. The Eagles are light at defensive tackle thanks to Bennie Logan's groin injury. While head coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Logan was getting better, the Eagles still brought in more depth by claiming Hart.

While still with the Eagles, Kelly had a hand in drafting Hart, an Oregon product, in the fifth round of 2014.

Hart worked hard this offseason to learn how to play in Jim Schwartz's aggressive 4-3 defense, which is very unlike the ones he had played in during college and in the NFL.

Brooks has been placed on IR after rupturing a quad tendon during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll have surgery this week.

In addition to adding Hart to the active roster, the Eagles also added cornerback Aaron Grymes to their practice squad.

Grymes, 25, was having an impressive training camp and preseason with the Eagles before injuring his right shoulder. He was waived shortly after that.

After coming out of the University of Idaho in 2013, Grymes didn't make an NFL team so he went to Canada. He ended up as a starter and All-Star on the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

To make room for Grymes, the Eagles cut OL Matt Rotheram from the practice squad.