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Ryan Howard isn't done with baseball, still training his butt off

Ryan Howard isn't done with baseball, still training his butt off

Ryan Howard's career with the Phillies has come to an end but that doesn't mean his baseball career is over.

Many people believe Howard can still play. Charlie Manuel for one. The Big Piece himself for another.

In a new video posted by Whistle Sports, Howard gives us a look at the training he's doing to ensure he's in the best possible shape he can be in to start the 2017 season with another club.

"The mindset this year is just to continue to train and prepare myself for another season," Howard said.

He's up early, getting his swings in around 6:30 in the morning to begin the day. He says that during a typical hitting session he'll hit between 140 and 150 balls to build up endurance. 

Howard follows the work in the cage with a more physical workout with his trainer. It doessn't look like a whole lot of fun.

The Big Piece did hit 25 home runs in 2016 but his slash line was less than optimal. As you can see in the below video, he's doing everything he can to make sure his career isn't over just yet.

Philly fan takes one last jab at his beloved Eagles' futility in his obituary

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Philly fan takes one last jab at his beloved Eagles' futility in his obituary

Jeffrey Clayton Riegel was a wonderful husband, uncle, brother, and son. He was also a Philadelphia Eagles fan with a pretty good sense of humor.

At least according to his obituary.

Mr. Riegel died on Aug. 18, 2017, at 56 but it appears he had enough time to have some fun on his way out.

His obituary reads relatively standard on the Wimberg Funeral Home website, naming all of the family he leaves behind as well as mentioning some of his favorite greetings for different people and some of his nicknames — some people called him "Toad."

But it's this part that will have Jeffrey smiling in the great beyond:

God gave Jeffrey the miracle of time to prepare which allowed him to verbalize his last wishes. He requested to have 8 Philadelphia Eagles as pall bearers so the Eagles can let him down one last time.

Touche, Mr. Riegel, touche.

Say hello to Reggie, Jerome, and Buddy for us. Maybe they haven't heard a boo in a while, who knows.

Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

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Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

We're two weeks out from the Eagles' season opener at Washington.

Fantasy football is back. Sunday afternoons will be fun again. All (not really) will be well in the world again. And count Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson as excited as we all are.

Johnson on Wednesday penned an article on The Players' Tribune that touches on everything from his 10-game suspension last season for performance-enhancing drugs to the Dallas Cowboys to Washington, which has beaten the Eagles five straight times — the Birds' longest losing streak to the Washington football team since a six-game streak 1981-84 (h/t to CSNPhilly's resident stat guy Reuben Frank).

We have gathered our favorite tidbits from Johnson's piece below:

On his 10-game suspension and the aftermath:
"That experience of being on the sidelines — and the humiliation of being asked about it on a daily basis (and I’m still hearing about it from fans on Twitter) — hasn’t been for nothing. It forced me to reevaluate not just my suspension, but also how I carried myself in general. At times in my career I’ve lost focus. Well, I’m done with that.

In other words, this situation has lit a fire under my ass."

On the season opener in Washington
"Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people."

On Cowboys fans in Philly
"I realized that if you want to be a Cowboys fan, that that’s something between you and your maker. But never be a Cowboys fan dumb enough to mouth off at an Eagles tailgate in Philly."

On what he wants from Eagles fans 
"Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans."

To read Johnson's full piece, click here. It's quite entertaining.