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No crying (for anybody else) in baseball


Baseball players are not a sympathetic bunch.

Greg Dobbs of the Phillies returned to Philadelphia before Game 2 in New York because of a severe case of the flu. Once he returns to his locker at Citizens Bank Park, he’ll be greeted by cardboard and yellow caution tape.

“Greg Dobbs update,” the sign reads. “Thomas Jefferson Hospital Room 906. Visiting hours for family and friends, 6-8 p.m. Please be advised to wear a mask.”

On a serious note, the Phillies do have the option of replacing Dobbs if he can’t play and the flu has become an issue within the team.


“We’re trying to contain it,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “There’s some guys that have had some flu symptoms or had the flu. I don’t know how we’re going to deal with that. We’ve got to play. So that’s kind of how I look at it. We’re trying to deal with that the best we can. There’s no sense in me sitting here running down who’s sick and who’s not and all this stuff. What the hell, we don’t want everybody to know what’s going on.”

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