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Sandberg takes part in Broad Street Run (sort of)

Like more than 40,000 others, Ryne Sandberg participated in the Broad Street Run Sunday morning.

Unlike everybody else, he ran only about 50 feet.

Sandberg, the Hall of Fame second baseman now in his first full year managing the Phillies, had the same problem as a lot of other people trying to get to Citizens Bank Park Sunday for the Phillies-Nationals game.

Road closures. Blocked exit ramps. Gridlock around the stadium area. General chaos.

He finally made it to the ballpark but only after a long ordeal that saw him battle through hundreds of runners in the final mile of one of the world’s largest 10-mile races just to cross the street.

“Myself and the staff and players all had maps with different ways of getting to the ballpark with the run going on,” Sandberg said after the Phillies beat the Nationals 1-0 (see Instant Replay). “So I jumped in an Uber car and I said, ‘By the way, Broad Street is closed.’

“So we went up 95 [south] around to the east of the ballpark, and he missed the Walt Whitman [Bridge] exit, so now, next thing I know I’m at the airport. Now I’m hoping he makes a U-turn and gets back on [95] and goes all the way around to the east again and comes in, but he punched in something else and now it gave him directions and now before you know it, I’m about a mile west of the stadium, and [the roads] were a parking lot. So I jumped out. I wasn’t too happy about it, but walked about a mile.

“And then, to get across Broad, it was a full crowd, full-strength runners at that point. No gaps. And I talked to a policeman and told him I had to get to the stadium, and I had my briefcase and everything, and he goes, ‘Well, if you want to risk it, you can go with the runners and get across.’

“So I actually ran about 50 feet with the runners.”