Wow.  Wowowowowow.  That was a hell of an exciting game…and the outcome of it was fantastic, if I do say so myself. 

We’re winning!  We’re still winning!  We’re losing!  We’re losing worse!  We’re tied!  We’re…winning again?  Ooh!  We’re winning MORE!  And now…we’ve WON!!!

That pretty much sums up what any Phillies fan watching tonight’s game felt like.  It was a NLCS roller-coaster of a game.  Derek Lowe, who had a shaky first inning with the Phillies, then managed to calm himself down…while Blanton, the Phillies’ pitcher, seemed to let Manny get the best of him.  (Is it wrong of me to want to punch Manny in the face every time he’s up to bat?  I recognize that he’s an exceptionally talented individual, but I just don’t like the guy and his attitude.)

J-Roll managed to break out of his slump tonight.  Hot!  That cutie Greg Dobbs got in a couple good hits.  For the most part, Blanton pitched decently.  Madson (purrrrr) pitched verrrrrry well.  Chuttles got on base a decent amount.  Lidge only managed to scare me a little bit this time.  Ruiz got in a clutch hit.

And then there’s Victorino, who by now is probably LA’s Least Favorite Ballplayer.  Our favorite Hawaiian hit a 2-run homer to tie the game.  Beautiful!  And then Matt Stairs hit another 2-run home run (his first home run ever in the postseason!), putting the Phillies on top 7-5 after a very back-and-forth, stressful-to-watch baseball game.  And that’s the score by which the Phils ultimately won it tonight.  What an incredible, long, heart-pounding, thrill ride of a game.  (For a less biased look at the details of this game, head on over to Deadspin!)

If the Phillies can keep playing this way, then dammit, they deserve to win it all.  This is how winners act.  They do not give up.  They do not let dreadlocked attitude problems give ’em hell.  They push themselves to win on the road against a team who’s won every game they’ve played at home against the Phillies (until now, that is).

The Phillies deserve to win it all.  And I sincerely hope that they do.

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