Watch Carl Crawford's botched catch attempt that led to Phillies victory in extras

Watch Carl Crawford's botched catch attempt that led to Phillies victory in extras

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You can listen to the Phillies broadcast of the awful catch attempt made by Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford here, or see it above while watching L.A. manager Don Mattingly wax poetic about his team's poor defense above. Credit Chooch for hustling his ass off to second base on the error.

Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury was there in L.A. to get the story from Chooch:

“They always told you, ‘Run hard every time. You never know,’” Ruiz said late Tuesday night.

Just a few minutes earlier, Ruiz popped a ball up to left field with one out in the 10th inning of a tie game. He was so frustrated by the pop up that he spiked his bat into the grass as he broke into a sprint to first base.

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“Chooch hustled all the way and Domonic had a big double,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It was a good win all the way around.”

It was a pretty good game to watch if you don't mind staying up past 1:30 on a Tuesday night in Philly.

The Phillies all of a sudden have a bunch of positives going their way. Dom Brown got the game winning rip, Ben Revere -- despite his agita- inducing defense -- notched four hits at the plate, A.J. Burnett looked fantastic all night, Jake Diekman has proved reliable, Chooch and the Big Piece look to be finding their stroke, and oh yeah, that guy Cole Hamels returns tonight.

Three wins in a row, a .500 record, and they look for a series victory tonight with the return of their $144 million man. Not the worst way to start the season at least.

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I also particularly enjoyed A.J. Burnett's reaction to Yasiel Puig trying to gun him out at first. You gotta watch.

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St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

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St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

With the matchups for Saint Joseph's men's basketball's conference slate already set, the Hawks have now added an old northeast corridor rival to the nonconference portion of their schedule.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday afternoon that St. Joe's and St. John's will meet on Dec. 20 during of the seventh annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Providence and Houston will play in the other contest of the two-game event.

“We are honored to be associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame, an organization that promotes all levels of the game," Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement released Monday. "We're delighted for our players to have the opportunity to compete against the legendary St. John's program and are looking forward to an old-fashioned Philly vs. New York matchup.” 

The two schools have played just once in the past 37 years—when the sides met at Hagan Arena in 2013, the Red Storm pulled out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the NIT. But December's matchup will be the 58th all-time meeting between the programs.

Saint Joseph's last played at the Mohegan Sun Arena back in the 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase, losing to Florida before knocking off Old Dominion in the consolation game. The Hawks return nearly their entire roster for the 2017-18 season, including all five starters, led by the backcourt duo of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble.

Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend

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Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend

While things in the world of the Phillies are going about as poorly as anyone could have expected, Chase Utley reminded us over the weekend that he is still a bad man at the ripe old age of 38.

Check out this sick diving stop he made over the weekend during the Dodgers game against the Florida Marlins.

Just Chase being Chase.

Oh, and earlier in the weekend Utley is sprinting out of the dugout to get up in people's grills when Giancarlo Stanton even looks in his teammates' direction. Miss that guy. Always.

(Let's just ignore his numbers on the season (.205/.302/.289))