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Archive: October, 2008

Did the series turn tonight?

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 2:44 AM
Picture it, remember it: Eric Bruntlett was on the third base. Shane Victorino was on second. Greg Dobbs was on first. Carlos Ruiz was at the plate. Five infielders were in the infield. Two outfielders were playing shallow. Matt Stairs was on deck. Jamie Moyer was in the clubhouse. Scott Eyre was... Read more

Wow. What else can you say?

Saturday, October 25, 2008, 5:43 PM
It ended with five infielders drawn in, two outfielders playing shallow, the No. 8 hitter at the plate, and Eric Bruntlett on third base. Not how you would have envisioned late-game heroics going down. But down they went. Carlos Ruiz hit a chopper to third base that Evan Longoria charged and made a... Read more

(un)Productive Outs

Friday, October 24, 2008, 2:45 AM
Post-game clubhouse interviews are often an exercise in futility, and for good reason. All anybody wanted to know tonight is why the Phillies have been so awful with runners in scoring position (1-for-15 in Game 2, 1-for-28 in the World Series). But if the players had an answer, I'm sure they'd put... Read more

Feliz at 3B, Dobbs DH

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 5:09 PM
Not sure why the line-up was posted on a ripped-out piece of notebook paper, but it was, and here it is: 1. Jimmy Rollins SS 2. Jayson Werth RF 3. Chase Utley 2B 4. Ryan Howard 1B 5. Pat Burrell LF 6. Shane Victorino CF 7. Greg Dobbs DH 8. Pedro Feliz 3B 9. Carlos Ruiz C Charlie Manuel said... Read more

Pressure is on Rays

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 3:34 PM
Sitting here in the press box at Tropicana Field. The only action on the field right now are the various television crews filming their stand-ups and preparing their studio shows. The start of Game 2 is still five hours away. No line-ups yet, so it remains to be seen whether Charlie Manuel will go... Read more

I-M-P-O-R-T-A-N-T

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 1:08 AM
They needed this one, plain and simple. You don't squander early 2-0 leads with your ace on the mound and come back to win a World Series. You just don't. Brad Lidge said it best after the game. "When your ace is on the mound," said the closer, who pitched a perfect ninth as the Phillies... Read more

Looking at the DH move

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 5:05 PM
If you are from Philadelphia and you have ever vacationed in Clearwater, there is a good chance you have landed at Frenchy's Cafe. It's a hole in the wall place, across the street from the hotels and restaurants that line the beach. It is a good place to catch a grouper sandwich, and an even better... Read more

Post your Predictions

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 4:39 PM
Predictions are like rear ends. Everyone has one. And they usually stink. After waffling all week on my decision, I went with the Phillies in six. If you want logical rationale, it is the fact that Brett Myers and Cole Hamels will pitch four of the six games, and I think they have a decent shot at... Read more

Do it for Steve

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 2:17 PM
Game 1 is approximately six hours away. The Phillies announced this morning they will not be making any changes to their postseason roster. I'm not at the ballpark yet, but as soon as I do I will try to get my hands on the line-ups so we can finally figure out who is going to be serving as DH. I wouldn't... Read more

Here's another reason for you to hate Tampa Bay

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 3:54 PM
I know most Phillies fans out there don't need any more provocation, but I feel obligated to point this out. The Rays have announced the identity of the performers who will sing the Star-Spangled Banner prior to the start of Game 1 of the World Series. Drum roll please. . . The Backstreet Boys... Read more
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