I need your inner Ozark.
Help me manage the 1977 Phillies. Virtually.
Jeff Polman, the guy who blogged all last year about the 1924 baseball season - which he fanatically played each night using dice and Strat-O-Matic cards - has decided to invite control freak scribes from across the country to join him in a replay of the 1977 season.
His site is Play That Funky Baseball.
If you visit that destination, you will note some giant Afros, colorful Astros, and hideous leisure-suited Chicago White Sox players, who seem as if they’re ready to break out into "The Hustle."
(I was living about 20 minutes from Wrigley Field that summer, sucking down Old Styles and grilled Vienna sausages, and my only opportunities to watch the mighty Phils was when they played the grubby Cubbies. This is why I need your help.)
For Phillies fans, this is a chance to rewrite history, making decisions with one of the most pheared line-ups in team history.
I’ve got to submit a killer line-up card for this season. Just following the box scores from a 1977 Inquirer would make us winners, but that would be too easy. The Phils came in first in the NL East that year and got no further.
Wouldn't you like the opportunity to win it all with a team that includes the likes of Schmidt, Boone, Bowa, Luzinski, Maddox, Carlton, Christenson et al? They lost to the Dodgers 3 to 1 in the playoffs.
This time we can do better.
And I need your help, all you Danny Ozark impersonators.
Game One is against the Pittburgh Pirates.
They are managed, virtually, by Pat Lackey of the Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slye site. He’s already making noise about how many baseballs Dave Parker is going to pound into oblivion.
I need couple good bench coaches. I’d love it if you’d sit with me during this season and make suggestions to get the most out of this awesome Phillies lineup. I'll write you into the wrap ups. I could even use some hecklers in the stands.
See if we can replay Black Friday and paint it Phillies red.(Maybe pull The Bull out of left in that dark 9th?)
See if we can change history.
Here's my first instruction:
"Each manager needs to e-mail me a lineup against lefties, a lineup against righties, and a 5-man rotation with an additional spot starter named for doubleheader nightcap games. This pitcher usually stinks, resulting in often insane doubleheader nightcap games."