In the Tradition of Festivus, Jason Babin Airs His Grievances with the Eagles

In the Tradition of Festivus, Jason Babin Airs His Grievances with the Eagles

The Eagles released Jason Babin four weeks ago, which might
seem like an eternity, but apparently wasn’t long enough for the wide-9
specialist to get over it. As his Jacksonville Jaguars prepare for their Week
17 finale in Tennessee – one of many stops in Babin’s nine-year NFL career – he
simply couldn’t refrain from running his mouth about his latest ex.

Speaking to members of the Titans media, Babin went off on a
bit of a tangent describing his departure from Philadelphia. It’s difficult to
summarize as it’s sort of all over the place, but you could easily say he
deflected any and all blame for his and former defensive line coach Jim
Washburn’s falling-out with the organization. However, the money quote was
probably when he described the Eagles as some sort of socialist regime. Via Adam
Caplan:

That was probably their approach
because they don’t have amicable splits with people. You saw how dirty they did
(Jim) Washburn with leaking out the false stories and the way they talked about
him on the way out. It’s kind of a big socialistic system that they have. I
didn’t really care. I’m only going to worry about what I can control, and
that’s practicing hard, working hard and playing hard on Sunday.

Babin’s diatribe continues, as he claims the Eagles clearly never
trusted Wash based on the presence of a defensive line consultant – a position
that is not listed on their coaching staff’s web page. Then as he wraps up on
the topic, he adds this delicious morsel:

But that’s life, I can’t really sit
up here and whine and complain about my situation when people around the
country and around the world for that matter are in a lot worse situations than
myself.

None of these statements constitutes as whining or complaining?

Look, we get it, Jason. You feel like you were wronged
because it didn’t work out here, and to your credit, a
lot of players that came and went over the last 14 years would probably agree
the Eagles are bad at breaking up with people.

That said, maybe the coaches were trying to change you
because you had 5.5 sacks in 11 games this season. Maybe the organization was
second-guessing Washburn because the production vanished. Whatever the case, the Eagles decided to move on. Maybe you should, too.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.