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?
Baseball season’s over, but there are still BILFs out there gettin’ busy…
* 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!
OMG! ThePhillies just won the 2008 World Series! First World Series Championship since 1980! First in my lifetime (I was born in ’81)! *squealsquealsqueal*
OK, since I can barely think straight and I’m all ADD because, uh, THEY FINALLY FREAKIN’ WON (by a score of 4-3, by the way), let’s do bullet points…
* Cole Hamels was the World Series MVP! He got a Chevy Camaro for his efforts. Care to give a cute little blogger a ride, Cole?
* Brad Lidge stayed perfect this year–another save!
* Speaking of pitchers, Grant Balfour is really freakin’ hot. Now that we beat them, the Rays are not The Enemy anymore. (Now they’re The Losers. Ha! But Balfour’s a hot loser. Purr.)
* Let’s totally buy stuff to celebrate the World Series Championship! Click here for fun stuff from MLB.com, and click here to buy one of those crazy “Why Can’t Us?” shirts!
* Baby Chase and Baby Cole have arrived! Nice names, don’tcha think?
* I LOVE our Phillies! I love Cole Hamels for being the hotness, Chase Utley for his defensive skills, Jayson Werth because his hair is hot, Greg Dobbs for being the best pinch-hitter in the Majors, Ryan Howard for his cheesy Subway commercial that I sat through 9 million times during WS commercial breaks, Jimmy Rollins for knowing we were the team to beat this year, the Matt Stairs/Joe Blanton/Eric Bruntlett trifecta for hitting Most Unexpected Home Runs Ever, Brett Myers for his bat, Pat Burrell for having the best hair (and a key double tonight!) that left field has ever seen, Jamie Moyer for not playing like he’s an old man, the Flyin’ Hawaiian for being freakin’ awesome, Pedro Feliz for his defensive skills, Ryan Madson/JC Romero/Scott Eyre for kickin’ butt and takin’ names, Brad Lidge for literally being perfect, Pedro Feliz for his glove, Ruiz for his defensive skills, and if I forgot a Phillie or two here, well, I love them too.
* Other things I love: the Mets’ bullpen, the Rays’ defensive skills.
* By the way, I was totally wearing my lucky (filthy) socks and lucky (red lacy) undies tonight. The Red Panty Brigade strikes again (and tonight–celebrates!).
It’s been a hell of a year for these Phillies, and it’s been a hell of a year for me personally when it comes to baseball. This year I watched the team I’ve loved all my life win their first championship since I was alive, coined the term BILF, ran my first fantasy baseball team (and did way better than I thought I would), I’ve braved Mets/Phils games at Shea all by myself and have lived to tell the tale, I got to meet Cole/Greggie/Geoff/Jayson/Jamie/Shane at ALS Night this year, I’ve learned stuff about the actual game of baseball and learned lots of cool stuff about box scores, I’ve discovered the American League (which I’d ignored before…but who can ignore BILFs like Josh Hamilton, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Grant Balfour?), and started this fun little baseball blog. By the way, I’m not going anywhere over the off-season. I’ll be right here with trade rumors, BILFtastic pictures of our favorite hot baseball players, and more! I have a lot of fun features in the works for this site…so don’t you go anywhere, ’cause I’m sure as hell not goin’ anywhere! 🙂
* And on a final note, I want to mention that my totally awesome parents were at the game tonight, and while I’m insanely jealous of them, I’m SO glad they were there. They’ve been partial season ticket holders for, like, ever, and they’re suffered plenty of misery at the hands of our boys in red and white. They so deserved to see this historic win. One of the best things about this baseball season is that it brought me and my folks a little closer together. There’s no better person to call than my mother when the Phillies have won and I want to squeal, or Hamels has just looked really hot throwing a pitch and I wanna shriek about it. We’re over a hundred miles away from one another and I don’t get to see my parents as often as I’d like to (and good lord, this last month has made me so freakin’ homesick), but a shared love for the Phillies helped keep us talking even when we all had very busy lives. They brought me up a Phillies fan, and it’s one of the best things they could have ever done for me. I love you, Mom and Dad!
For now, I’m gonna go keep grinnin’ and shriekin’…and I’ll be back soon with more BILFtastic musings. Yay, Phillies!
For those of you planning on watching game 5, the first-ever game to get suspended during a World Series, tonight–you’ll have to wait, ’cause it’s not happening yet! There’s still icky weather in Philly, and so game 5 will happen Wednesday, 10/29, at 8:37 PM at the earliest. Let’s hope the weather clears up by then, right?
Get answers to all the questions you might have about how the weather/schedule snafu affects the rest of the games in the series (if they’re necessary), how it could affect pitching rotations, the rules behind the suspensions, etc, by clicking here.
Can Hamels still get a win in game 5? Find out here.
So where’d the Rays stay during a rainy Monday night in Philly? Uh…Delaware. Yes, seriously. Delaware.
What are other bloggers saying about this crazy series? Find out here.
And finally, for your entertainment…guess who’s got rain in their brains and can’t spell? That’s right, MLB, I’m lookin’ at you!
Okay, there’s been a lot of talk about the umps making screwy calls in this World Series (and boy, have they ever made some screwy calls–just ask Jamie Moyer). But seriously. It was pouring at Citizens Bank Park tonight. And they waited until the middle of the sixth inning to delay the game. It wasn’t really raining much harder then than it was in, say, the bottom of the fifth inning, at which point both teams had had equal opportunities to bat, and the Phillies were in the lead. Nope–they called it after the Rays tied it up, 2-2. Hamels pitched spectacularly, but fielding was quite difficult tonight with the wind and the rain, and due to the elements (and, I suppose, a little bit of the Rays’ talent), Upton got on base and Pena got a hit to send him home. Unbe-freakin’-lievable. And not in a good way. For the first time ever in a World Series, they’ve had to suspend the game. As a result of all of this screwiness, the game will take place at 8 PM Tuesday in Philly, where the weather isn’t supposed to be much better than it was tonight. Looks like it’ll be a battle of the bullpens at this point. And both teams have good bullpens, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. The Rays just got a little momentum back–will they come out on top? Or will the Phillies, who have not yet lost a postseason game played at home, be so ticked about how tonight’s 6 innings went that they’ll come after the Rays with a vengeance and take the title at home?
Obviously, I’m hoping for the latter. But I’ve gotta wait another 20 hours or so to find out. Sigh.
The Rays’ pitcher, Andy Sonnanstine, proved to not be too much of a threat to the hot-hitting Phillies tonight. Plus the Rays weren’t particularly up to par defensively (their second baseman had a couple errors, and Eva–oh, yes, you read that right–fumbled a ball as well). Offensively, they simply weren’t hot. They weren’t hitting too well off Blanton or, later in the game, Madson or Romero.
Later tonight, King Cole Hamels takes the mound, and I hope he does as well tonight as he has in all his other postseason starts. I hope the Rays are nervous and off their game. I hope they can’t hit off Hamels and that we can hit off Kazmir. I hope that later tonight, Phillies fans will celebrate like it’s 1980. I don’t want to see this series go back to Tampa Bay. I want good things to happen here at home. And since I’m a superstitious, lucky sock-wearing, lucky underwear-wearing Phillies fan, that’s all I’m gonna say about that. The Phillies are 1 game away from a World Series championship. This feel so surreal.
All I have to say for now is, “Let’s go, Phillies!” Hopefully I’ll have more to say, and shriek/scream/squeal about, in less than 24 hours!
So last night’s game was a real nail-biter. We were up, and then we were tied, and we were also the victim of a few bad calls, and not long before the game ended, I started feeling like this game was never gonna end (at this point, it was quarter to two in the morning). It was 4-4 and we were entering the bottom of the ninth, Phils up to bat, and I started fearing that this game was gonna take foreeeeeever, like this year’s All-Star Game did. Luckily, a few minutes after I’d had that thought, the Phillies had won it 5-4 (thanks to some wild throwing, some intentional base-loading, and a screwy infield configuration, in combination with a walk-off infield hit by Carlos Ruiz), bringing them to a 2-1 lead in the World Series so far. I was glad to see that in this game, the National League team fared better than they did in the All-Star Game, although I swear the games were of a similar looooong length. (Perhaps the Phillies game felt longer because it got started late due to rain delays? Dunno.)
Moyer did a fantastic job pitching last night, giving us 6 and 1/3 innings of solid pitching. No Lights-Out Lidge last night, because we were tied 4-4 in the top of the 9th–but JC Romero did an excellent job keeping the Rays at bay (ha!). Ruiz, Utley, and Howard each hit hot home runs, the Phillies didn’t strand as many guys on base tonight as they have been, the crowd’s chants of “Eva!!!” (at Evan Longoria) and “Carla!!!” (at Carl Crawford) were amusing, you couldn’t hear any freakin’ cowbell noises, and it was an exciting game down to the very last moment. It was great to see the Phillies playing like, well, a team that deserves to be in the World Series–offensively, they fared better tonight than they have been, and they managed to overcome a team of Rays that just would not quit. Want more details on last night’s game? Check out the Deadspin.com live blog–it’s always good, snarky, sporty fun!
By the way, I’ve got a new lucky charm besides the red underwear. It’s my lucky Phillies socks! Last night I wore my “I (heart) Utley” socks for the first time ever, and the Phillies won. While the game was tied, I’d declared I was gonna wear these socks for every Phillies World Series game if they won game 3, so…as I write this, my toesies are wrapped snugly in I (heart) Utley goodness. Let’s hope this new lucky charm helps to do the trick for us tonight…
Oh, and what’s this? Is this a FAIL…?
No more FAILs for tonight, though–at least not for OUR boys! Game 4 starts in minutes. I’m gonna go watch. Hopefully at the end of tonight we’ll have a 3-1 lead in this Series… Let’s go, Phillies!