Originally post November 28, 2007 and edited from a longer post with some non-Phillies elements removed:
Okay, let’s begin….
I hated seeing the Phils get swept in the playoffs by the Rockies. I hated it even worst when they did the same things to the Diamondbacks. But, when I saw the Red Sox defeat the Indians the same way they defeated the New York Yankess back in 2004, coming from behind with a 3 games to 1 deficit, I had a feeling that somebody somewhere was rewinding the film and it was 2004 again, only this time it would be the Rockies playing the part of the NL champ that would be swept in four games by the boys from Beantown. And boy, was I right. The Rockies went down in flames losing to the BoSox 4 games to 0. Anyway, congrats Red Sox. Just please, do not become the 21st Century version of the Yankees..
M.V.P.!!! M.V.P.!!! M.V.P.!!! Need I say more? 🙂 Let’s see, Rollins now owns a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and the M.V.P. for the year, while Aaron Rowland won a Gold Glove for his work in the outfield and Chase Utley won a second Silver Slugger at Second. Boy, that’s a lot of bling this year, isn’t it? ;p But, I agree with JayRoll. I rather have the World Series trophy. Pssst, message for the secret cabal running the Phils: Spend some money on real talent, you morons!!! This team have shown that it can win. Now go out there and get somebody who can get them into the World Series and win it, you idiots, and please, no more of those bargain basement crap players that you guys keep bringing us. I, and a lot of other Phillies fans want to see some Grade-A studs coming here. Is that too much to ask? Oh, and that would incude getting off your collective ***** and get Rowland resigned. Idiots!!!
Originally posted September 29, 2007:
That’s right, the Phils have just captured the Eastern Division flag of the National League with a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals while the Florida Marlins, obviously woken up by that bench clearing fight yesterday afternoon, defeated the New York ‘Chokes’ Mets, 8-1. Jamie Moyer, who step up, unlike Adam Eaton, pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up only 1 run, unearned, while Jimmy Rollins, who should be the MVP, unless the baseball writers are real jerks, scored a run in the first inning with a single, two steals and coming in on a sacrifice fly, while knocking in a run of his own in the sixth with a triple, making him a member of the very exclusive 20-20-20-20 club (stolen bases, doubles, triples and home runs), while Ryan Howard knocked in what turned out to be the game winners with a two run single in the third inning with the bases loaded and one out and later hitting a home run, number 47, which was a monster of a shot into the right field upper desk, giving him the RBI lead (I hope he can hold on and win it.). Charlie Manuel should be this year’s manager of the year, considering the mostly lousy pitching staff he was given this year by the management, and with the number of injuries that hit the team (20 people placed on the disable list). So, the Phils are finally in the playoffs after 14 years of choking and losing and just plainly blowing it, while the New York Mets, the team that everyone expected to be in the playoffs as the division champs, choked at the end.
Nelson: Ha Ha, New York choked.
Oh, guess what people. The Ghosts of ’64 has been put to rest!!!! And, I’m sure the Cubs fans are all thinking that the Ghosts of ’69 has been put to bed for them, since it was because of their team collapse that year that allowed the Miracle Mets of ’69 to get into the post season for that season while the present team has won the Central Division on Friday.
Now, to just wait for their opponent for the Divisional Playoffs.
Edit: I’d just discovered that this was the first time the Fightin’s have won a Regular Season Championship of any kind at home. SWEET!!!!!
Originally posted September 27, 2007:
Good god, hell must be freezing over tonight because the unthinkable has just happened. The Phils are now leading the National League East. Let me repeat that. The Phils are now leading the National League East!!!! The Phils behind now 15 games winner Cole Hamels have defeated the Washington Nationals tonight 6-0. Hamels pitched 8 shut-out innings while striking out 13 Nats and Ryan Howard has knocked in 2 of the 6 Phils runs with a 2 run homer, his 45th of the season. Meanwhile, in New York, the Mets are still in free fall as they lost to the Florida Marlins 7-4. Damn, this is the first time the Mets have been out of first place since May. Looks like Jimmy Rollins might have been right after all when he said that the Phils were the team to beat. You seems to have been right, MR. MVP! And now, the Magic Number to win the East is now 2! Oh boy, I can’t wait!!!! Oh, by the way, hey, NY, take that!!!!
Originally posted January 31, 2007:
Well, tomorrow will be February 1, and a few weeks later, Spring will be upon us. No, no, not Spring Spring, Spring Training. Soon the players will be reporting to Florida and Arizona and once again, we’ll all be anticipating to see which one of the 30 teams in the two leagues will be declared this year’s champs. Will it be the present champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, doing a repeat, or will it be one of the other 29, like my home town team, the Phillies? Yeah, yeah, I can hear you all out there laughing your ***** off. The Phillies? Give me a break.
Well, as they say, hope springs eternal, and I really do like their chances this year. I mean, this time they have 6 good starters coming into spring training. It has been a real long time since I’d heard that said about a Phils team heading into Spring Training. Plus, the guy who runs the show now is willing to pull the trigger to make a trade. We certainly can’t say that about the previous incombant, whose shall forever be nameless. And then there’s the ex-Rookie of the Year and present NL MVP, Ryan Howard. Can you say someone who make opposing pitchers wet their pants? I know you can. 🙂 Yeah, yeah, I know what happened at the end of last season. Howard suddenly couldn’t hit home runs. But, what I’m sure most of you don’t realize is that at the end of the season the opposing teams were pitching around him. Instead of letting him kill them when they had men on base, they would intentionally walk him and take their chances with the guy following him, Pat (Can’t Hit Right Now) Burrell. I mean, dammit, I actually saw one team walk him with the bases loaded so that his big bat wouldn’t kill them. Of course, if the Phils last year had someone who was just as dangerous following him in the batting order, that would never have happen. I’m just hoping that the Phils will have that guy this year, whether it’ll be Pat Burrell getting his stroke back, or someone else, so that the opposing team will in the home stretch (September) take their chances facing Howard instead of once again pitching around his mean bat.
Now, last year’s team. To quote Maxwell Smart, they missed the playoffs by that much. Sigh. Starting pitching started off a wreck, the relief core’s not home, bats asleep or just not there. I’ll be honest, when Pat Gillick finally made some trades when he needed to at the deadline, I was one of those who’d thought the season was over and that maybe 2007 would be better. Then, a funny thing happen on the way to the funeral. The Phils pulled off a Lazarus and came back from the dead, led by Howard, the now departed Randy Wolf and the rest of the team and put themselves back in contention for a possible playoff spot. Oh, to say I was a happy camper is an understatement. 🙂 But come late September, it fizzles, mainly because Ryan’s bat got muzzled. Oh, he got his hits and his RBIs, but, when he went to the plate with runners in scoring position, the opposing team usually gave him a free pass to first. Now, it wouldn’t have been a bother, but the usual result was that the guy after him didn’t pick up the runners. Not every time, of course, but just enough times that the team was once again on the outside looking in, and watching the playoffs on TV.
Sigh. Anyway, enough of that. I really, really think this will be their year. Knock on wood. Don’t make me wrong guys. This town needs a champ like nobody’s business!