OK, enough jibber jabber.
The Phillies and Dodgers open the National League Championship Series tonight with Game 1 at Citizens Bank Park. The Los Angeles Times' T.J. Simers called Philly ... Angryville! Oh, snap! I don't know how we'll ever recover from that one. Of course, we went Philly vs. LA, too.
But this is about baseball, isn't it?
It's Manny Ramirez vs. Ryan Howard.
It's Derek Lowe vs. Cole Hamels.
It's Joe Torre vs. Charlie Manuel.
It's remembering Black Friday.
I pick the Phillies to win in 7 because I think the Phillies are better than people think, and I think most of the LA love has to do with everybody in the world wanting Manny to return to Boston in the World Series. Let's be honest, almost everybody in the country wants to see a Dodgers/Red Sox World Series. Next would be Phillies/Red Sox. Then it's Dodgers/Rays and then it's Phillies/Rays.
But I have a feeling if the Phillies and Rays made the World Series, nobody around here would mind too much, right?
The Phillies have announced their NLCS roster will be the same as their NLDS roster against the Brewers:
- Pitchers (11): righthanders Joe Blanton, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and Brett Myers and lefthanders Scott Eyre, Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ, Jamie Moyer and J.C. Romero.
- Infielders (6): Eric Bruntlett, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.
- Outfielders (6): Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins, Matt Stairs, So Taguchi, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.
- Catchers (2): Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz.
Instead of walking together forever if the Phillies win the World Series, Pat Gillick is walking away forever. Gillick has found a few gems since he replaced Ed Wade in 2005. Jayson Werth is one of them. Gillick also said the Phillies transformed from an offense-only team to a team that can lean on its pitching.
You want match ups? Oh, we've got match ups.
Speaking of jibber jabber ... John Gonzalez, Bob Ford and Phil Sheridan chat about Game 1.
Where is the mmmmmm ... Hall of Fame?