I just logged on to Weather.com and on the forecast for this weekend I saw a strange orange orb with the word "sunny" printed underneath. I'm not sure what that means, but in ancient times here in the Northeast, I believe it referred to days when there was not a blanket of overcast hovering ominously overhead and emitting a light stream of cold drizzle.
I talked to Jayson Werth last night after the game and he essentially agreed with the premise that I set forth in my game story last night. It will be nice for this Phillies team to get home and play a six-game homestand in decent weather and then go on to play seven more days in a row without a break. These guys don't like to use weather as an excuse, and it really shouldn't be one. Every team north of the Mason-Dixon line deals with the same conditions. But the Phillies have dealt with some unique circumstances the first week-and-a-half of this season, when they have played eight games and had four off days while dealing with both the exuberant fallout from their World Series celebrations and the mournful fallout from the death of Harry Kalas.
Frankly, I think the first situation has affected their performance more than the latter. While Kalas was held in high esteem by everybody in the Phillies organization, I can't imagine it is the same type of pall that the Angels felt with Nick Adenhart or the Cardinals felt with John Hancock and Darryl Kile. Kalas was an important figure in the history of this city, but it is important to remember that he lived a good, long life. And I think that the memorials planned for the next couple of days will take on the feel of a celebration of his life rather than a mourning of his death.
But the reason we like sports is much the same as the reason we like music: rhythm. The professionals who play sports and the professionals who play music captivate our attention because they have a rare ability to turn that rhythm into art. And over the first week-and-a-half of the season, what the Phillies have displayed has only occasionally resembled the art of a good baseball. There are two potential reasons for that: Either they are a .500 baseball team who will spend the rest of the season getting inconsistent performances out of their line-up, starting pitchers, and bull-pen, or the disjointed nature -- physically and emotionally -- of the past week-and-a-half has affected their ability to get out of first gear and find a groove.