The good: Taking 2 out of 3 in this past weekend’s series with the Mets. Combining Saturday’s and Sunday’s runs, we had 21…to their 5. Love it! Santana got shelled (love that, too). Victorino hit a grand slam. Doc was incredible, and Moyer put forth a pretty solid effort (who’d have thought he’d outlast Johan the Great? AND be the guy that gets walked so that a run scores?) Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Of course, there’s the bad: We got our buttshanded to us on Friday. Kendrick still sucks. And people like this moron infested my lovely city of Philadelphia all weekend long.
And then there’s the stupid: Ryan Madson, I’m looking at you. Kicking a chair out of frustration and breaking your toe? STUPID. Also, moronic Phillies fan who ran onto the field and got Tasered? Between you and Vomiting Phillies Fan from a few weeks ago, you’re making us ALL look like jerkfaces. (We’re not all jerkfaces. But the nice/cool Phillies fans don’t seem to make many headlines.)
And, finally, the hot: We saw the return of Brad Lidge, and damn, have I missed watching him! He didn’t implode, which is also hot (not that he really had a chance to, though). And the hottest thing of all? In 20 days, I’m gonna be meeting COLE HAMELS. I got my Photo Booth ticket in the mail yesterday…I’m already so excited/hyperactive/etc! *squeal* Yes, I know, I’ve met Hamels before. But he’s still hot, and so I want to meet him again. I cannot believe I have almost 3 weeks to wait! At least between now and then I’ll be going to a Twins game, which will temporarily distract me from Hamels-related hyperness (although hopefully I get my voice back in time to meet Hamels…screaming at all the gorgeous Twins can really take its toll on one’s throat, you know!)
Right now both of my teams (Phillies and Twins) are in first place. Not by much, but by enough. And hopefully they both keep kickin’ butt… 🙂
Holy 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.” 😉
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?