It's 9:30 local time here, and the temperature is already in the high 70's, forecasted to creep into the 90's. I'm sitting pool side in Scottsdale. Arizona is a wonderful place. The weather is beautiful, the people are beautiful, and the gas stations sell liquor. Yes, it's one of the few places in the country where you can be standing in line in Circle K and hear, "I'll take 30 on pump three, a fifth of Jack Daniels. . . and some Skittles."
The cities of Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe are giddy about their Baby Backs. Dan Haren pitched well yesterday, but Arizona came up short against the Mets. Tonight comes the much anticipated debut of Max Scherzer, a rookie who was just recently called up and pitched 4 1/3 wonderful innings of relief in his first big league appearance. Jamie Moyer's on the hill for the Phillies, so we'll see if he can teach the kid a thing or two about a thing or two.
Yesterday the Phils won on one of the most dramatic plays in the world of sports. . . the walk-off fielding error. OK, so it isn't as exciting as Pat Burrell going yard with a 3-2 count and two outs in the bottom of the 10th. But it's a win, and the Phils enter tonight a half game ahead of the Mets in the National League East.
Jimmy Rollins told Marcus Hayes he's hoping to get back on the field Thursday of this week. Hopefully at that point the conspiracy theorists will stop filling my email inbox with theories concerning what reallllllly ails Rollins. . .
Back to the Diamondbacks - this is a huge series for the Phils. It's the first time since the Mets series that they are heading into a series against a team with a winning record. The Pirates, Rockies, Padres and Giants are all below .500, the Houston Astros are sitting at .500. and the Brewers are one game above .500
I really think these next four days will give us a good reading on where this team really is at. The only teams they've faced with a winning record this year are the Mets, the Cubs and the Brewers. . .
That is all. . .