The Uganda Little League Team's Doubly Awesome Moment

The Uganda Little League Team's Doubly Awesome Moment

Jimmy Rollins takes a lot of heat for his OBP, occasional lack of hustle and new contract, but you might just be a bad person if you didn't enjoy what Rollins did for the Ungandan National Little League team last night, or what those kids did in turn for a local Phils fan.

Rollins, if you haven't heard by now, has sponsored the Uganda club -- the first-ever from Africa to win a Little League World Series game -- by sending the kids, shoes and equipment and even paying for their education. Last night at CBP, he hosted the whole team, taking them on a tour of the clubhouse and handing out custom fit hats.

Still, that's not even close to the best part, when you consider what they did for another kid who appeared roughly their age.

If you watch this video on MLB.com, you'll see Rollins make a nice backhanded, running catch down the left field line before chucking the ball into the stands.

What you won't see -- be would have if you were watching the broadcast last night -- is that Rollins threw the ball to the Ugandan team who proceeded to hand the ball to a Phillies fan roughly their age sitting next to them.

THEY GAVE AWAY A GAME BALL.

With any luck Jimmy probably signed a whole mess for them anyway, but, still, a game ball.

These quotes from Jimmy and Odong Henry, one of the team's coaches, from the Lehigh Valley Morning Call sum things up nicely:

"Jimmy Rollins is a great man to us, as a brother, as a father, as a caretaker," Henry said. "When he's with us, he's really down to earth. He's not like a superstar. He talks to us freely. He plays with us. When he comes to our country, he doesn't care where he sits. He eats with us."

"Bouncer (Henry's nickname) named his son after a missionary who first was bringing baseball over there," Rollins said. "He told me pretty soon there was going to be a whole bunch of kids over in Africa named Jimmy Rollins."

If they're anything like their namesake, they'll have a knack for philanthropy, gold-glove fielding and smack-talking the Mets.

In the meantime, the Ugandans already know how to hang with the Phanatic:

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Former Eagles QB Tim Tebow hits home run on first pitch in first pro at-bat

Former Eagles QB Tim Tebow hits home run on first pitch in first pro at-bat

Well, heck. Look at that.

Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback prospect for many teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, hit a home run in his first at-bat as a professional baseball player.

And not only did he hit a home run in his first at-bat, it was on the FIRST PITCH he saw in a game for the Mets team in the Port St. Lucie instructional league in Florida.

I wonder if Phillies' reliever David Hernandez saw Tebow's dinger.

You think the Mets can call him up for the postseason or what?

TEBOW TIME! In his first live-action AB, Tim Tebow hits a solo HR to left-center.

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First instructional league at-bat. First pitch. First HOME RUN. @TimTebow, everybody.

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NFL Notes: Texans place J.J. Watt on IR; Dez Bryant misses practice

NFL Notes: Texans place J.J. Watt on IR; Dez Bryant misses practice

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans placed star defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve on Wednesday.

The move came one day after a person familiar with Watt's condition told The Associated Press he had re-injured his back and that the Texans expect him to be sidelined until at least December — and possibly the entire season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't discussed his injury.

Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He started each of the team's three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.

The Texans signed veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to take his spot on the roster.

The team was still exploring the injury and it's unclear if it will require surgery.

It's a major blow for Houston, which selected Watt with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Watt has played 83 consecutive games for the Texans despite various injuries, including torn core muscles and a broken hand last season.

This was a tough offseason for Watt, who had surgery in January to repair five torn core muscles before going under the knife again in July to repair his back.

Watt, who led the NFL with 17 1/2 sacks last season, has 1 1/2 sacks this season to give him 76 for his career.

The 27-year-old is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and a four-time Pro Bowler. He's been a force since entering the league not only because of his pass-rushing prowess, but also because of his uncanny ability to swat down passes. He has 45 passes defended in his six-year career. He has forced 15 fumbles and recovered 13.

Cowboys: Dez Bryant (knee) misses practice
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas receiver Dez Bryant won't practice Wednesday after injuring his right knee in last week's win over Chicago.

Bryant injured the knee on his first catch early in the game but came back in the first quarter. He caught his first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter of the 31-17 win.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team didn't have results of an MRI, and Bryant tweeted, "We'll find out today," to a fan who asked about his status.

Bryant missed seven games last year after breaking his foot in the opener. He also dealt with ankle injuries last season.

The Cowboys visit San Francisco on Sunday.

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