WATCH TOUGH GUY JT REALMUTO SAVE PHILS IN THE 10TH!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies regard JT Realmuto him as one of the toughest players in baseball.

And that’s because he stayed in the game after a foul ball nailed him in the groin.

Realmuto was down for several minutes as trainer Paul Buchheit urged the three-time All-Star catcher to “breathe, breathe, breathe.” Realmuto laughed when he said he was trying to breathe but “I was in a lot of pain.”

Realmuto bailed out the Phillies when he took a perfect throw from Stott — the second baseman was obscured by new LED lights in right field — and tagged out a hard-charging Oliver Dunn in the 10th to roaring cheers of “JT! JT! JT!”

“They’ve had my back for a lot of years now, so to hear that in that big of a spot, being able to get out of the inning was the most important thing, but that was pretty cool for me to experience that,” Realmuto said.

Manager Rob Thomson — a former catcher — said Realmuto was “one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around.”

“If you’ve ever been hit there,” Thomson said, “it’s not a whole lot of fun.”

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