They'll all head out to rightfield, right from the start tonight -- coaches Mick Billmeyer and Roly DeArmas, all of the pitchers, all of them. They will troop out to the Phillies' bullpen at Citizens Bank Park, to huge cheers. You wonder if they will know.
It is likely, barring a nine-run explosion when the Phillies come out to play the bottom of the sixth inning in the craziest World Series circumstances of all time (non-earthquake division), that Phils manager Charlie Manuel already knows how he is going to play this thing. Because he will be pinch-hitting for Cole Hamels to start this mini-game, and he will need to go to the bullpen. But who?
You wonder if he will clue them in before the game. You wonder if he will tap Ryan Madson on the shoulder, say, and tell him that he's the one. That's the way I would go. Manuel has the ability to lefty-righty this thing to death, if he chooses, but I wouldn't. I'd go with Madson for as many outs as he can get, followed by J.C. Romero and then Brad Lidge in the ninth. You can argue it either way -- there isn't any right answer. It is a flexible bullpen with a lot of trustworthy parts. You could just as easily go with Scott Eyre for a batter (Rays catcher Dioner Navarro, the leadoff hitter and a switch-hitter, doesn't hit as well against lefties), Chad Durbin for two, somebody else for the pinch-hitter, and on and on.
However Manuel decides, though, I don't think I would tell any of them ahead of time.