High Cheese: The Story

It was October 13, 1993. National League Championship Series. Game Six.

The Phillies were leading the Braves 6-3. David West had just set the Braves down 1-2-3 in the eighth, preparing the stage for a man whom the city of Philadelphia could never decide whether it loved or hated.

The Phillies were three outs away from knocking off the 104-win Braves and reaching the World Series for the first time since they lost to the Orioles in 1983.

Mitch Williams strode to the mound and quickly retired Damon Berryhill and Mark Lemke. That brought to the plate Bill Pecota, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound pinch-hitter who was batting over .300 that season for the Braves.

Pecota quickly fell behind 1-2, and the city of Philadelphia rose to its feet in anticipation.

Williams delivered a fastball up around Pecota's neck, a pitch known in baseball lexicon as the "high cheese". Pecota swung. Pecota missed. Philadelphia rejoiced.

Fifteen years later, the Phillies are once again World Series contenders. Like that 1993 team, this one will have to overcome several key questions, as well as a potential powerhouse of a division rival.

We'll follow it all here at High Cheese. The goal is to give you, the Philadelphia sports fan, a look at the Phillies that is more comprehensive than anything you've had before. No longer will we be shackled by the time and space restraints of the traditional newspaper. As we know it, you'll know it. And you'll know all of it.

And you'll get a chance to react to it.

We're confident that as the season progresses, High Cheese will quickly become your first stop for information regarding the Phillies and Major League Baseball.