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Archive: October, 2008

The Silence of the Bats

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 10:14 PM
There is supposed to be an old Chinese saying, "May you live in interesting times." It is said to be a proverb and a curse. It is now the Phillies' fate. They wanted boring but didn't get it. They wanted to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series and be home in... Read more

Manuel is all about tonight

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 5:06 PM
A funny thing happened at Charlie Manuel's pre-game media availability at Miller Park. Andy Reid showed up. Ask Manuel pretty much anything these days and he sings a variation of the one-game-at-a-time blues. With the Phils up by 2-0 in their best-of-five series against the Brewers, Manuel is all about... Read more

Brewers' Cameron has another adventure

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 3:19 PM
Afternoon here before Game 3 in Milwaukee. They just closed the roof at Miller Park on a beautiful afternoon. Tonight will be all about loud. Early word from the Brewers is that centerfielder Mike Cameron has returned to the team after flying to Atlanta to be with his wife for the birth of their fourth... Read more

Phillies' scene shifts

Friday, October 3, 2008, 5:46 AM
Down here at Gate D-11, it is just past 5 am and the traveling party is assembling -- and I have to tell you, it is one fine-looking group. The plan for most of us is to fly to Chicago and drive the 90 minutes to Milwaukee. I told Hagen he could drive the first part and I'd take over when we got to... Read more

Myers creates a memory

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 9:12 PM
The final score trumps all, of course. And the fact that Brett Myers pitched like Brett Myers again will be more meaningful as the Phillies continue their march through October. It is a point that no one would even think of arguing. Still, meaning and memory are different things. What you remember is... Read more

Good news: Lidge now tired

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 11:11 AM
After Game 1, Phils pitching coach Rich Dubee was talking about closer Brad Lidge and his frightening dance between the raindrops. Which was his second straight Williams-esque, hair-on-fire extravaganza. Which has left the town somewhere between scared and apoplectic, even while acknowledging that... Read more

Cole Hamels, ace

Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 5:47 PM
Somebody asked me earlier today in an online chat if Cole Hamels did not pitch well in Game 1, would he somehow be marking himself as unworthy of being an ace on a pitching staff -- which I think pretty much summed up the trepidation that a decent percentage of the population carried into the events... Read more

Phils need punch, not counterpunch

Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 9:36 AM
This town has embraced its baseball team, in outsized numbers, mostly because it wins but partly because of how it looks at the end of the fight -- bleeding, busted up, bruised and grinning a wobbly-toothed smile that says, "Yeah, but you should see the other guy." For years now, the Phillies... Read more
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at Reach Rich at

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