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World Series Champions At Last!

For the first time in my life, I am at a loss for words…well, almost J  The Phillies are World Champions!!!  I am so happy, I could do cartwheels…except the hospital bill would be terrible.  So, cartwheels aside I will stick to the 2 footed approach and just scream out my front door to alert the neighbors…The Phillies win the World Series!

Charlie Manuel was asked right after the game what his late mother would say to him right now if she were still with us.  Manuel said, “I think that she would be very happy…she’d be laughing and giggling”  My late mother would probably tell me, “Gee, that’s nice honey…now how much money are going to spend on hats & t-shirts?”  Even from the afterlife, she is just no fun J  Throw caution, and the crappy economy, to the wind people!  Go out, get your hats and be merry J

Cole Hamels got the MVP Award and a Camaro, which will wind up being a birthday gift for his wife, whose 30th birthday is today!  Picking the MVP was a difficult task in this series; this was a real team effort without one single player obviously standing out.  Cole, getting the 2 starts, saw the most action, so I guess he was a good choice.  But it very well could have gone to Brad Lidge, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, etc…  They ALL contributed and played together as a unit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4 games to 1 in this series.  And Lidge ends the perfect season with the perfect, storybook ending, getting out of the 9th inning scoreless to clinch the World Series title at home, in Philadelphia.

So as the Philadelphia natives go wild in the streets, I hope you are doing some celebrating of your own!  Congratulations to the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies!  Enjoy this – I know we all will too J

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And It’s Still Raining…

Welcome to October on the East Coast!  Thanks to Mother Nature, the Phillies – Rays game 5 continuation has been postponed once more.  
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As of this moment, they are tentatively scheduled to play on Wednesday, 10/29 at 8:37pm.  And of course, we must preface that with, “weather permitting.”  Bud Selig has made a royal mess out of this, giving the Rays unfair advantage – they get a clean field and good weather for the 6th inning, unlike the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, who had to pitch in a downpour for the 6th, giving up the tying run as a result.  Anyone think Selig is still holding a grudge over us beating the pants of his Brewers?  He should have called the game after the 5th.  He intended to have the game continued for the full 9 innings, regardless of the score anyway, so NOT stopping it in the 5th with the 2-1 Phillies lead was inexcusable.  The conditions were horrid.

Hamels can still win the game if the Phillies manage to score in the bottom of the 6th when play resumes.  But they are still having issues with runners on base.  Chase Utley came up with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 4th and grounded out to first.  And then with NO outs in the 5th and 2 men on, Shane Victorino flied out, Pedro Feliz popped out and Carlos Ruiz followed suit.  So far in Game 5, they have left 9 runners on base and only recorded 4 hits.  They will need to step it up, like they did in game 4, if they are going to win and close this thing out at home.  And so we wait…Philadelphia fans are known for their patience J 

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Phillies Lead The Series 2-1

Fans waited through an hour and a half rain delay before Game 3 of the World Series began.  And it was worth the wait.  It took until nearly 2:00am Sunday morning to finish it off, but the Phillies came out with the win to go ahead in the series, 2-1.  I did predict that the weather would be a factor in this game for the Rays and it was – the delay kept all of the youngsters on the Rays team up WAY past their bedtime! J


P8207990 Moyer.jpgJamie Moyer, who is old enough to stay up late, got the job done tonight, not only with his pitching, but his fielding as well.  Too bad the 1st base umpire decided not to count the play.  In the 7th inning, Moyer dove on the ground to scoop up a bunt by Carl Crawford, he shuffled the ball to Ryan Howard with his glove and Howard caught the ball bear-handed.  The replay showed Crawford was out by a whole step, and yet the umpire called him safe.  The next batter hit a double, giving the Rays runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, instead of a man on 2nd with one out.  BIG difference; a couple of ground balls later, and the Rays had 2 runs in.  Crawford never should have scored.  I am SO disgusted by the umpiring in this series.  In Game 2, the home plate ump screwed up TWO calls…I won’t even get into the wacky hand motion on the wall he gave to Baldelli, but when Jimmy Rollins had a pitch hit his uniform (watch the replay), he did NOT give Rollins the base and he wound up popping out.  Now, would Jimmy have scored if that did not happen?  Who knows.  But the extra run today was clearly the fault of the 1st base ump.  When is MLB going to make these umpires accountable for their mistakes?  Sure, I understand human error; but calls that are blatantly missed and change the score of the game, like this one today, should never happen.  It is truly disgusting.

Many people were worried about Jamie Moyer going into the game tonight, as his last 2 outings were not good.  I wasn’t worried; Jamie has been waiting his entire career for this day and he was not going to blow it.  And the young Rays hitters like to swing, which works to Moyer’s favor.  He wound up pitching 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits and one walk; he also struck out 5 batters.  Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre combined to close out the 7th inning and Ryan Madson took the 8th.  Madson gave up an infield single to BJ Upton and then for some reason, the Phillies decided not to pay any attention to him being on base.  He stole 2nd base without any attempt to throw him out and then he stole 3rd as no one was watching.  Carlos Ruiz committed a throwing error on the steal, the ball got away from Pedro Feliz and Upton scored to tie the game 4-4.

The Phillies offense looked a bit sleepy again and they missed a huge opportunity in the 1st inning.  With Jayson Werth on 3rd and only one out, Ryan Howard struck out and Pat Burrell flied to center.  They did get one run in the inning, but should have had at least one more if Howard could have just made contact.  He did hit a home run in the 6th inning, as he and Chase Utley went back-to-back.  Then with the game tied in the 8th, they blew another opportunity to score.  Werth walked and stole 2nd base; only a few pitches later, he got picked off and then Utley proceeded to strike out.  Howard did the same and ended the inning. In the ninth inning, JC Romero who pitched part of the 8th, remained in to pitch.  Usually in a tie game in the 9th, the home team will put in their closer (Lidge), assuming they expect their offense to score in the bottom of the 9th.  Charlie Manuel did not do this, which shows a real lack of confidence in his hitters.

So with the game still tied, the bottom of the 9th wound up being a wild one:  Eric Bruntlett got hit by a pitch; with Shane Victorino up, Bruntlett went to 2nd on a wild pitch and then advanced to 3rd when the throw to 2nd flew right on by the infield.  The Rays then intentionally walked both Victorino and Greg Dobbs to bring up Carlos Ruiz with the bases loaded and no outs.  Ruiz hit a short grounder to Evan Longoria who could not make the play to home – Bruntlett scored!  Game over – Phillies win 5-4.  Whew!

Well, I am going to attempt to get some sleep now so I will be awake to drive to the game tomorrow J  if you are going, I’ll see ya there!  Go Phillies!

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The Voodoo Returns…

In light of the Phillies recent loss to the Tampa Bay Rays and the terrible absence of offense for the Phils, I have decided to take drastic measures.  Yes, I have dusted off old J-Roll Smurf and he is back to doing what he does best:  Voodoo magic on the opponent.  
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But this time, his has a partner in crime.  Chutley Smurf, although smaller in stature than J-Roll Smurf, carries a bat that is proportionately larger to his body size than that of J-Roll Smurf. 
J  He is a pint-sized warrior!  And so together, these Phillies-lovin’ Smurfs will conquer the enemy – The Rays.  This is the World Series: this is no time for the meek.  Crush those squirmy fish!

J-Roll Smurf (Rollins) is batting only .191 so far in the post-season with just 2 RBI.  Not too Smurfy so far…  It is our hope that he will break out of this slump tonight in front of the friendly, Smurf-Lovin’ crowd.  Chutley Smurf (Chase Utley), on the other side of 2nd base, has done slightly better, but certainly not what anyone expected.  He has 7 RBI, is batting .250 and has hit 2 home runs.  Clearly, both players are in need of an injection of Magical Smurf Juice to get them kick-stated in the right direction.  I think the home crowd will be just what the doctor ordered.

The Rays, while they are undersea creatures, are not used to stormy weather and they are sure in for some this weekend.  The pampered players from Tampa Bay will certainly miss the climate and weather controlled deep-sea environment of the Dome they normally play in.  Look for the weather to play a part in the games tonight and maybe Sunday.

In the event of a rain-out tonight, all games will be pushed back one full day.  Therefore Game 3 would be Sunday night, Game 4 on Monday night and Game 5 on Tuesday, which was originally a travel day.  But so far, it is game on!  I will be there tomorrow night if the rain holds up with Chutley Smurf in tow, attached to my backpack.  J-Roll Smurf gets a much needed day off as he has outgrown my backpack. J  If you see me wandering around, please say hello or toss Chutley Smurf a ball!  And stay tuned for more World Series Smurf adventures, coming your way soon!  And for those reading who are wondering if I have gone off my meds, then you may be in need of a humor injection.  Go find yourself a stuffed toy and give it a great big hug!  I promise you will feel much better J  Go Phillies!

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The Phillies Are Going To the World Series!!!


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For the first time since 1993, the Philadelphia Phillies will go to the World Series!  With a 5-1 win over the LA Dodgers, the Phillies ARE the 2008 National League Champions!  I think this photo best expresses how I feel right now…like skipping joyously through a field of flowers! J  Whoo Hoo!  The best part of the post-game celebration was watching Charlie Manuel run out onto the field, grab hold of his players one by one, and give them a great big bear hug!  These guys have worked hard to get here and they certainly earned it.

Tonight’s win was a true team effort; that, I believe, is the difference between the Phillies and the Dodgers.  The Phils have a complete team, with hitting threats up and down the line-up; the Dodgers have Manny and a few other guys who may get some hits.  They are unbalanced.  Every starting position player on the Phillies tonight, except Ruiz, was on base at least once and the 3 RBI’s came from 3 different players.  And when one guy is not hitting, someone else will step in to pick him up.  That’s a team – that’s the Phillies.

Jimmy Rollins set the tone once again tonight, hitting a lead-off home run.  It sent a signal to the whole team that tonight was their night.  And so it was…  For the Dodgers, it was a case of Murphy’s Law as everything that could have gone wrong, did.  Rafael Furcal committed THREE errors in the fifth inning, leading to 2 unearned runs for the Phillies who took a 5-0 lead at that point.  Shane Victorino felt so bad for the guy, he actually told Furcal in the middle of the inning to keep his chin up!  You’ve got to love Shane…this guy has a huge heart.  How many players do you know that would try to encourage the opposition in the middle of game, let alone a game that could send them to the World Series?  Shane has my vote for MVP of this playoff run.

Cole Hamels held up his end of the bargain, pitching 7 innings of one-run baseball.  He allowed 5 hits and 3 walks, 2 of which came with 2 outs in the 7th before he struck out Jeff Kent to get out of the jam.  Hamels looked calm and in control the whole game, even smiling when Charlie Manuel went out o the mound after the 2 walks in the 7th to ask him how he felt.  Manuel left him in the game, and you know the rest.  Cole also held Manny Ramirez to just one hit, a solo homer in the 6th inning.  Ryan Madson pitched the 8th and Brad Lidge the 9th, closing out the game.  All 3 pitchers were outstanding.

Who the Phillies will face in the World Series is yet to be decided.  The Tampa Bay Rays have a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox right now and they will play Game 5 tomorrow night.  We will all be watching with great interest.  But for now, pour me a drink!  It is time to celebrate!!!!!!!!!  WE ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!  GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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