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World Series Game 5: A few thoughts…

utlee.JPGLast night’s game was another nail-biter.  It shouldn’t have been, considering our 6-run lead at one point, but it was.  The Yankees’ offense is annoyingly potent, and even Lee wasn’t totally lights-out against them last night–he pitched well, of course, but he gave up 5 runs.  (I think he pitched much better than that ERA would lead you to believe, though.)

 

AJ Burnett, the only Yankee I think is really attractive, pitched about as well as he did when I had him on my fantasy team this year–which is to say not well at all.  He didn’t last 3 innings.  They kept panning the camera to him sitting in the dugout after he was done on the mound, looking miserable (where I noticed the hot Pisces tattoo on his hand and also noticed that his eyes are a truly gorgeous shade of blue), and if he wasn’t part of The Enemy I would be sooooooo tempted to console him after having such a tough night, haha.

As was the case in Game 1, this kinda turned into the Ut-Lee show.  Chase Utley homered twice (one was a 3-run dinger), tying a record, and Cliff Lee pitched well, managing to not let the Yankees’ offense get too out of control.  Jimmy Rollins had a good night, and Raul Ibanez had a nice solo shot.  Madson scared the hell out of me for a few moments on the mound, but overall did a good job in relief (so did Park), although I would have been happy with whoever the Phillies trotted out there for relief so long as it wasn’t Brad Line Drive.

 

So now we look forward to a Game 6 in the Bronx.  I think if the Phillies can win Game 6, they’ll win the Series in Game 7 simply because they’ll have shaken up the Yankees, who clearly expect to win this thing–also, by that point, the Yankees’ starting pitching is gonna be really, really tired (and in the case of Pettitte, who pitches Game 6, the pitching is gonna be tired and old).

 

But maybe they won’t win Game 6.  Who can tell at this point?  At least if that happens, the Yankees can win at home, christening their new stadium with a World Series win, and the Phillies won’t have embarrassed themselves too much in the Series (winning 2 games is obviously better than winning just 1!). 

 

But those are worst-case scenarios.  After seeing how the Phils played in Game 5…I beLEEve.  🙂

 

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Finally, someone else is catching on…

…that there are some truly hot ballplayers in the World Series this year.

 

People magazine is conducting a little poll about hot ballplayers in the Series.  I’m a little miffed that they didn’t include Cliff Lee as one of the choices in the poll, because he’s smokin’ hot (and talented, too!).  Here’s who they did pick:

 

a. Derek Jeter.  I have never understood why women dig Jeter.  He has a really oddly-shaped head, and while his eyes are pretty, I think the rest of his face is goofy-looking.

 

b. A-Rod.  I used to think A-Rod was beautiful…until this weekend, when, in one of the Series games I watched, I saw a large booger fly out of his nose.  Ewww.  And, um, Grape Nuts…need I say more?

 

c. Cole Hamels.  Beautiful.  He could truly be a model.  Lately, I wish he was a model instead of a pitcher.  (I’m still ticked at him for screwing up on Saturday night, and then for making his pansy “I wish the season were over” comments.) 

 

d. Chase Utley.  He actually looks really good here in the picture People picked out.  When his hair is slicked back, I don’t find him cute at all, but when his hair looks good, he’s adorable.

 

Wanna vote in the poll?  Click here!  (For the record, I voted for Hamels.  Duh.)

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Undeniab-LEE hot!


people.jpgUtley’s two homers
off Sabathia last night were pretty hot, but Cliff Lee stole the show.  A complete game (with 10 Ks and no walks), no earned runs for Lee, and a couple seriously amazing defensive plays…yeah, October magic is in the air, and Lee is at the center of it.
 

Now, I know it’s just one game, so I’m not gonna get too excited yet.  But the last 6 teams who have won the Fall Classic have also won that uber-important first game in the series.  It was also important to beat the Yankees in game 1 in their ballpark, against their ace pitcher.  It showed the Yankees and their fans/the media that have been looking down on the Phillies that this team is serious about winning.  Again.

Random notes on the NLCS…

  
cliffie.JPGSo Friday night, I was incredibly angry, as I’m sure most other Philly fans were.  I called my mother right after the game–I didn’t even bother saying hello, and just started in with ***** our bullpen! ***** Chase Utley!”  (And no, I did not mean in the good/fun way, either.)  But what I was really thinking–and forgot to say–was ***** our entire offense, too.”  (Also not in the good way.)

 

Yeah, the bullpen was screwy in the eighth inning of Friday’s NLCS game against the Dodgers.  And yeah, Utley should have not made that screwy throw (anyone else wondering if this is a sign that Chuttles is hurt?).  But neither one of those things would have mattered so much if we’d had more than a 1-run lead against LA.  Hello, offense?  Were you guys napping?  (Not you, Ryan Howard.  You’re awesome.)

 

I was in quite a crappy mood on Friday evening.  But luckily the Phillies’ offense redeemed themselves in Game 3 of the NLCS with an 11-0 blowout, along with the fabulous (phabulous!) Cliff Lee.  10 strikeouts, no walks, 3 hits…and he got a hit himself?  And managed to look really good while doing all of this?  I’m in love.  Or lust.  Or something.  (I noticed he looked cold; I wish MLB would offer a job where you could apply to be the official hand-blower for pretty pitchers during the playoffs.  Cliff Lee had to keep blowing on his hands because it was so damn cold; why waste the pitcher’s energy doing that when there are girls like me willing to help him out with that?  Haha.)

 

Tonight it’s Game 4 of the NLCS.  My parents are there (soooooo jealous, Mom and Dad!).  Hopefully the offense will show up again, too.  No need for an 11-0 trouncing tonight (although hey, if they’ve got it in ’em, then why the hell not?)–just a win will suffice.  🙂

 

Also: Saw Chad Billingsley (whom I call Chad BILFingsley) pitch last night…he pitched better than most of the other Dodger pitchers (for a while, anyway), but what is up with that playoff goatee he’s got goin’ on there?  Ugh!

 

And finally, if you’ve not already done so, the BILFalicious Joe Mauer (swoon!) is up for the Clutch Performer of the Year Award.  Click here to vote for him!

And that’s why we call ’em the Fightin’ Phils!

lidge.jpgHoly crap.  I cannot remember ever watching such an intense, nail-biting, face-hiding game.  There were moments when I could barely breathe.  And where my heart was pounding so hard I thought it was gonna come flying out of my chest.

 

That was truly a hell of a game.  There were some crazy plays (Ben Francisco’s amazing catch in left field and Dexter Fowler’s insane jump over Chase Utley on his way to second, just to name a few).  There was some great pitching–Lee was excellent again.  I wished we could have gotten another complete game outta him, but Manuel did the right thing by relying on Madson, Eyre, and Lidge to help out.

 

But the most impressive thing, I think, was that the Phillies did something we’ve rarely seen out of them this season–they made a truly amazing comeback.  Admittedly, I’d been really worried.  They’d had bases loaded twice and had squandered the opportunities.  They had a couple fielding errors.  They were not entirely playing at their best.  But once that awful eighth inning happened, when the score changed from 2-1 Phillies to 4-2 Rockies, these Phillies were not content to let that happen, to go to a game 5, to give up their momentum.  So they went and got back that momentum.  In the ninth inning, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Werth…they ganged up on Street and they took back their lead.  And then Lidge and Eyre helped them keep that lead.  This is the kind of teamwork, the kind of rally, that makes them the Fightin’ Phils.  And this is exactly the sort of thing we want to see out of them as they prepare to face their 2008 NLCS foe, the Los Angeles Dodgers, once again.

 

A few BILF-related tidbits: Cliff Lee had gotten his hair cut and had shaved his face since NLDS Game 1 (when I saw him, he was kinda scruffy).  GodDAMN, he looked good tonight, and I couldn’t help but think (many times) how it would be a lot of fun to just give him, you know, a friendly couple of nibbles on his pretty neck.  Huston Street also looked great (especially, but not limited to, when he was helping to ensure a Phillies win), and I’d be more than happy to go console him after that tough, tough loss tonight.

 

I’m already looking forward to seing the Phillies in the NLCS.  That being said, I’m grateful to have 2 days where I don’t have to watch a baseball game (the NLCS begins Thursday) so that I can actually get something productive done…screaming/swearing at the TV does not count as “productive.”  😉

 

And on a final note–it’s nice to see that we’ve finally repaid the Rockies for kickin’ our butts in the 1997 NLDS.  Yay!

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A FEW BILF-RELATED NEWS BITES…

I’m feelin’ kinda sad about baseball today.  Here’s why:

utley_640x480a.jpgMy dearest, darling Chuttles needs hip surgery!

Okay, it’s not as if I didn’t already know this.  I knew he was having hip issues for the majority of the 2008 season.  He was a brave guy and played the whole season even when he was hurtin’.  But now he’s gotta get all fixed up, and he may or may not be ready for Opening Day 2009.  His recovery time could last anywhere from 4 to 6 months–best case scenario, he’s on the field for Opening Day, and worst-case scenario, we don’t see him play ’til June or so.  Of course, the most important thing is that he recovers nicely and comes back at 100% strength to kick some butt in 2009, and I’m sure he’ll do that no matter when he shows up back on the field.

In the meantime, I’m more than happy to nurse him back to health, read him stories, fix him dinners, et cetera.  All in the name of being a good, caring, kind Phillies fan (and not at all because he’s hot), of course.  😉

But I’m not just sad about Chase needing surgery.  I’m also sad that this guy’s retiring

mike_mussina.jpgThat’s Mike Mussina, of course–my favorite Yankee.  The best-looking Yankee, in my opinion (although I have to admit that A-Rod’s kinda cute, too).  The one and only time I’ve ever been to Yankee Stadium, I’m pleased to say I got to see Mussina pitch (and get the win).  It’s great that he’s retiring on a high note, while he’s at the top of his game (just coming off his first 20-win season), but I’m gonna be sad going to Yankees games every once in a while and knowing that he won’t be pitching.  Sigh. 

Congratulations to Mussina on a long and excellent pitching career.   I’m guessing he’s going to head back to his home state of Pennsylvania to be with his family…do you think he’ll start cheering for the Phillies anytime soon?  😉

PHILLIES NEWS, HOT STOVE, AND MORE!

If you’re coming over here from Deadspin’s Waxing Off, hello and welcome!  Baseball season’s over, but that doesn’t mean I’m shuttin’ up anytime soon.  There’s plenty to talk about, like…

–Chase Utley won his third consecutive Silver Slugger award.  Congrats, Chuttles!

–Lou Piniella won the NL Manager of the Year Award.  Consequently, this means that Charlie Manuel did not win this award.  Click here to head on over to FanIQ.com to find out exactly what I have to say about that.  (Sidenote: FanIQ.com is the most fun and interactive sports website I’ve ever visited.  I only started visiting it this week, but I’m already addicted!  What are you waiting for?  Go check it out!)

–There are still no real resolutions on whether Moyer and Burrell will be back with the Phillies for 2009, although the Hot Stove Blog seems to think that Moyer returning to the City of Brotherly Love next year is a stronger possibility than Pat the Bat returning.

–On a non-Phillies-related note, I’m really curious as to what happens with Mussina and where he ends up going.  He’s always been one of my favorite pitchers (and he’s kinda cute for an older guy…not that he’s that much older than me–just 12 years!–but I’m used to drooling over pitchers that are closer to Cole Hamels’ age than Mussina’s).

–Apparently CC Sabathia is the It Guy of the baseball world right now.  The Yankees just offered him a 6-year, $140 million deal.  The Yanks aren’t the only team interested in Sabathia, though–at least 4 other teams are interested in nabbing him, too.  Where do you think he’s gonna end up in 2009?

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BILFS…

It’s time to vote in the 2008 “This Year in Baseball” awards!  And I’m here to suggest particularly BILFalicious ballplayers to vote for.  😉

First of all, the link to go vote is here:
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2008/tyib/index.jsp

Secondly, I have a beef with the awards.  Where the hell is Cole Hamels?  Why isn’t he one of the Starter nominees?  Grrrr.  He deserves to at least be nominated.  After all, he’s the World Series MVP.  It’s kinda obvious by now that he’s good.

And here are my picks (based on BILFiness, of course):

HITTER: Josh Hamilton.  God, he’s gorgeous.  And I dig his tattoos.  Honorable mentions go to to Chipper Jones and Justin Morneau.

STARTER: Cliff Lee.  If Hamels isn’t one o the choices, then I guess Lee will have to do.  Sigh.

ROOKIE: For me, it’s a toss-up between Evan Longoria and Jacoby Ellsbury.

MANAGER: As if there are any hot managers in baseball!

CLOSER: Brad Lidge ’cause I’m a Philly girl at heart, but Joe Nathan’s hotter.  Then again, Nathan doesn’t have a World Series ring…

SETUP: Grant Balfour, of course!  Hot guy + Aussie accent…what’s not to love?

DEFENSE: Joe Mauer.  I freakin’ ADORE Mauer.  I know there are legions of ladies out there who prefer Grady Sizemore in this category, but I’m a Mauer girl through and through!

PERFORMANCE: These guys are all younger than the managers, but they’re just as hot…which is to say, not hot at all.  Talented, yes, but no BILFs here…

PLAY: I’m gonna go with McLouth here solely based on the fact that I kinda like his hair.

MOMENT: Josh Hamilton (again), for his Home Run Derby awesomeness.

ODDITY: Longoria again, just because he appears to be the only decent-looking one out of the bunch.

EXECUTIVE: Hey, who’s this Theo Epstein guy?  I’m not a huge Sox fan, but this guy could grow on me.

POSTSEASON MOMENT: Chase Utley, for a fantastic play in game 5 of the World Series.  Gotta love the Chuttles!

…And who are you voting for in these awards?  🙂

A FEW QUICK BILF-RELATED TIDBITS…

Baseball season’s over, but there are still BILFs out there gettin’ busy…

* There are second base-playing BILFs swearing all over the airwaves!  (Chase Utley, you rebel.  I love you!)

* The BILFiest of all BILF pitchers made an appearance on Letterman on Thursday night…  (Click the link.  There’s video, and it’s nice to look at.)

* There were BILFs present at some “phestivities” in Philadelphia…  Over a million people went out to see the parade!

* Weirdest BILF-related factoid I’ve learned this weekend: Holy crap, Pat Burrell’s dog weights 25 more pounds than I weigh!    I didn’t know English bulldogs could weigh more than 27-year-old girls.  Apparently they can.  (Pat, what do you feed that thing?)

* There’s apparently another kind of BILF out there, which disturbs me a little…  (Greg Dobbs or bacon?  Cole Hamels or scrambled eggs?  I’d pick the ballplayer over the breakfast food every time…)

* If you wanna buy one of my BILF T-shirts (where the B stands for ballplayer, of course), click here.

* In non-Phillies-related baseball news, there are lots of players filing for free agency.  From a quick skim of the the news items on MLB.com, I’ve determined that none of them are particularly BILFalicious.  Disagree with that assessment?  Comment below and tell me which free agents are cute!