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Today in Philly Sports History: Jerome McDougle Gets Shot, 2005

Today in Philly Sports History: Jerome McDougle Gets Shot, 2005

I think it's safe to assume that when the Eagles drafted defensive end Jerome McDougle out of Miami with the 15th pick in 2003--even trading up 15 spots just for the privilege--they might've expected that he'd contribute more than 28 career tackles and a mere three career sacks during his tenure with the Birds. To call McDougle a draft bust would be accurate but somewhat unfair, however, considering the amount of injuries, on the field and off, that he would suffer in his first few years. Ankle injuries, knee sprains, even an irregular heartbeat that he was diagnosed with in 2004 all ended up limiting his productivity, as McDougle had trouble even staying on the field. Then most unfortunately, on July 28th, 2005, McDougle was shot in the abdomen during a robbery in Miami, four days before he was to leave for training camp.

McDougle was taken to the hospital and received emergency surgery, where it was determined that the bullet missed all his major organs. Remarkably, he was expected to rebound in time to be a contributor to the 2005 season, but further complications arose from the surgery, and McDougle would not don the green and white again until the '06 season. "You've just got to be careful where you go and what you [are]
seen wearing and everything like that." tut-tutted former teammate Jeremy Shockey, proffering that McDougle was robbed as a result of his ostentatious display of jewelry.

McDougle had his most productive season in '06, actually playing in 14 of the team's games, but his contributions were again minimal, and he in fact cost the team a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when two late-game penalties he accrued got the Bucs just close enough to field goal range for them to kick for the game-winning three. After remaining injured once more through the '07 season, he was eventually cut by the Eagles in the '08 pre-season. He played four games last year for the New York Giants, leaving everyone generally unimpressed.

Watching a Yankees hype video in Citizens Bank Park is a peak 2020 sports moment

Watching a Yankees hype video in Citizens Bank Park is a peak 2020 sports moment

After a week of delays, postponements, and false starts, the Phillies and Yankees are finally playing baseball this week to make up for their missed home-and-home series because of the Marlins' team-wide COVID-19 outbreak.

But things aren't back to normal. This 2020. Nothing is normal.

For starters, the Yankees and Phillies are playing a pair of seven-inning games on Wednesday to try and squeeze as much baseball into the compressed season. 

And because of Tuesday's weather postponement in the Bronx, the two squads are playing Wednesday's first game as a home game... for the Yankees.

It's all so, so weird.

And it's why, before the first of Wednesday's games, the big screen at Citizens Bank Park was playing a hype video for the dang Yankees, the first (and possibly only?) time that will ever happen:

That is just bizarre.

If you'd told me the Phillies would be hyping up Aaron Judge with a video package ahead of an August ball game in Philadelphia, I would've thought the Phils managed to pull of an insane trade deadline deal of our dreams. 

Instead, the Phillies have played just four games and the Yankees are playing home games in the state of Pennsylvania, because nothing means anything.

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Spencer Howard, Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, Mick Abel represent Phillies in Top 100 prospects rankings

Spencer Howard, Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, Mick Abel represent Phillies in Top 100 prospects rankings

Four Phillies made MLB.com's latest Top 100 prospects list released this week, including a newcomer to the list in Mick Abel.

Abel, drafted 15th overall by the Phillies in June, was the cutoff, ranking 100th. The top high school pitcher taken in this year's draft, Abel's fastball, breaking ball, changeup and control have drawn rave reviews. 

He was one of only four 18-year-olds in MLB.com's Top 100.

"Abel generally throws strikes and he gets as high marks for his maturity and makeup as he does his stuff. He's only going to get stronger and throw harder as he physically matures, a big reason why he was the first prep arm in the 2020 class to come off the board," part of the scouting report read.

The Phillies had two prospects in the 30s, Alec Bohm at 32 and Spencer Howard at 37. It is a little surprising that Bohm is ahead of Howard given Howard's closer proximity to the majors and the potential that Howard could be an ace or No. 2 starter. Howard is actually ranked three spots lower than he was prior to the season. Bohm moved up two spots.

Howard could debut for the Phillies as soon as this weekend.

The other Phillie in the Top 100 is 2019 first-round pick Bryson Stott, their soon-to-be-23-year-old shortstop. Stott was ranked 98th, 11 spots below his preseason rank. 

From MLB.com:

"While none of Stott's tools jump off the page as obviously plus, he can do a lot of things very well. The one tool that has the chance to be plus in time is probably his hit tool. He makes a ton of contact and can drive the ball to all fields, working counts and drawing a ton of walks as well."

Bohm and Stott are, like Howard, in the Phillies' 60-player pool and working out at their satellite site in Lehigh Valley.

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