I’m pleased to note that several BILFalicious Phillies will be returning for the next couple seasons. King BILF himself, Cole Hamels, just signed a 3-year deal, while pinch-hitter extraordinaire Greg Dobbs has signed a 2-year deal. Another BILF in a red and white uniform, Ryan Madson, turned down a 3-year deal. He and the Phillies’ hottest outfielder, Jayson Werth, will be free agents after the 2009 season.
Hamels is happy he’s staying in Philly. And I’m pretty sure Philly’s damn happy to have Hamels! I can’t wait to see what sort of magic he works on the mound this year…
On a side-note, there are so many BILFs on the Phillies that I might just start having to call them the BILFadelphia Phillies. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Then again, if Pat doesn’t come back to the Phillies for the 2009 season, it might mean we could see more playing time for Greg Dobbs and Geoff Jenkins. In terms of talent and looks, I prefer Dobbs over Jenkins, but I wouldn’t kick either one of ’em out of bed for eating crackers, and I’d like to see them get more playing time. Jenkins has seemed to be on a decline for a while, but offensively, Dobbs is quite good (ended the season with a batting average that was over .300). I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what happens…
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.
this super-awesome event to raise money to fight ALS/Lou Gehrig’s
Disease. The Phillies have been running various ALS benefits since 1989
or so, and they crossed the $10 million mark with the money they raised
from the 2008 ALS Night that they held this past Monday, July 28. Every
year I’m proud to take part in such an amazing event–and I always have
so much fun!
First, I’m delighted to announced that Cole Hamels heard my prayers and descruffified himself.
He looked nothing short of flawless when I met him on Monday. Not only
that, but he’s amazingly nice. We talked fantasy baseball–I thanked
him for doing so well for the Phillies and for my team, and told him
how early I chose him in my draft. He said he was surprised because he
didn’t think he was that good to be picked so high in the draft. He
seemed genuinely tickled that someone thought he was that good, though!
After we took our photo together, he told me he’d try his best this
season to keep doing good work so my stats would still be good! I
almost died. It was an awesome conversation. (After I got far enough
away that he couldn’t hear me, I giggled maniacally to my mother and
couldn’t stop squealing. Usually I keep my cool a lot more, but screw
it. It’s Cole Hamels. He is certainly squeal-inducing.)
OMG, Cole Hamels has his arm around me!
then went to meet Shane “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Victorino and pitcher
Jamie Moyer. Both were very nice and both seemed amused by the fact
that they were on my fantasy baseball team and that, like a true nerd,
I’d brought a copy of my roster for them to sign. Good thing they
didn’t notice my team name and ask me what a BILF is…haha!
Dobbs, pinch-hitter extraordinaire, and Geoff Jenkins were at a table
together, and I happily got in line to meet them both. Dobbs is one of
those guys who’s pretty damn good but totally underrated, both in terms
of athletic ability and looks. I told him I hoped to see more of him
this season (he can play third base and outfield–but he
rarely does since he normally just pinch-hits). I didn’t mention that
when I said I “wanted to see more of him this season,” that I meant “so
take off your damn clothes so I can see more of you.” (I’ll just let him think I meant that I wanted to see him playing baseball more this season. Heh.) Jenkins was cool, too, but I barely noticed his hotness because I was so horrified by his awful fashion sense. Sigh.
Dobbs is on the left; Jenkins is on the right.
Chase Utley got mobbed by fans when he tried to leave his autograph
station. There he is, on his way out…surrounded by adoring ladies
with cameras, of course.
wanted to meet Jayson Werth because he’s really stepped it up this year
and started to play well. Plus, he has incredibly hot hair. He looked
damn good in person, but he also kind of looked like a tool because he
wore these dark shades the entire time he was sitting at his
table–even at, like, 7:30. Tool or not, though, he was attractive and
nice, and he was wearing a really interesting shiny-ish purple shirt.
didn’t get to meet Pat “the Bat” Burrell this year, but of course I
stopped by his booth to snap a quick picture. Actually, my mother
snapped this one. I don’t know what he’s so surprised about, but it’s
an amusing picture, don’t you think?
the way out of the stadium, my parents and I stopped by the booth where
the Phillies’ wives were selling grab bags. My mother bought hers from
Mrs. [Larry] Andersen…she opened it up and found a Chase Utley
autographed ball inside! Since Mrs. Andersen was obviously a lucky
bag-grabber, I approached her to buy one from her, too, and I asked her
to pretty please make it a lucky one. And she did…I opened it up to
find a ball autographed by Pat Burrell! Boy, did I ever shriek then–I even professed my love for Mrs. Andersen a couple of times, haha.
I’m already looking forward to the Phillies’ 2009 ALS Night!