UPDATED - 8:47 p.m.
We will get to the High Cheese jinx in a minute. First, I wanted to pass along a story that just came across the wire. Apparently Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt sent an email to the Phillies clubhouse today that was sort of a cyber-pep talk, one that informs the Phillies that "The Mets know you're better than they are."
Who knew Schmidtty had a little Bluto in him?
According to the story, Charlie Manuel has posted the email in the Phillies clubhouse. I did not see it posted, but if the AP says it, it must be true.
Another story just in from the AP wire: a couple of players from the Phillies' Venezuelan Summer League team have been suspended for violations of minor-league baseball's performance-enhancing drugs policy. According to the AP, pitchers Luis Castillo and Ricciard Rodriguez were suspended. The suspensions will begin at the beginning of next season.
I am prepared to introduce what I hope will live in infamy as the High Cheese Jinx. It's kind of like the Sports Illustrated jinx, except that people actually read Sports Illustrated. A couple of weeks ago, I put out an APB at Citizens Bank Park for the following information:
When was the last time the Phillies went an entire season without having a single game postponed due to rain?
As you may or may not know, the Phillies have made it through the first 141 games of the year without a single rainout. This seemed curious to me, particularly in a mid-Atlantic state.
Turns out, it is pretty rare.
Thanks to some hard work from Public Relations assistant Deanna Sabec and Phillies sales guru Bill Wilson, we now know that the last time the Phillies had a season without any rainouts was 1991. Cole Hamels wasn't even born in 1991. OK, yes he was. But you get my point.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's the bad news:
The streak will likely end tomorrow. Weather.com says there is 100 percent chance of precipitation tomorrow. If I have my math right, that means there is a zero chance it will not rain tomorrow. Mix in a little tropical force winds and you've got yourselves the recipe for a day-night doubleheader.
Could thrown an interesting little twist into this here showdown at Shea.
As you probably know by now, the Phillies have agreed to terms with Tadahito Iguchi. We'll have more on it in the paper tomorrow, but here's a teaser: I've never seen So Taguchi smile so wide. And so Taguchi smiles alot.
Iguchi will be unavailable for the postseason roster, barring injury, but he could provide a veteran bat down the stretch. That's how manager Charlie Manuel described it, anyway. Iguchi hit just .231 in 81 games with Padres this season. He was hampered by injuries, and didn't come close to replicating his performance last season with the Phillies, when he hit .304 in 45 games after being traded from the Chicago White Sox.
One interesting note: Greg Golson had the green light to steal on his first major league pilfering Wednesday night against the Nationals in the eighth inning. That tells you a lot about the confidence they have in his base-stealing ability. Giving a September call-up a green light in his first apperance on a major league basepath? Pretty impressive.