Ready to Rock

The World Series is back in Philadelphia for the first time since 1993.

Everybody talked about how loud Tropicana Field would be for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.

Honestly, I wasn't impressed.

The cowbells, etc.? Yeah, not that loud.

I mean, it was loud. But it's not like I needed ear plugs or anything. And I found Rays fans mostly cheered and rang their bells when prompted. I can't imagine they would have cheered Brett Myers' at-bat against CC Sabathia like Phillies fans did because many wouldn't have known what they were looking at.

I think Rays fans want their team to win, but they don't really care if they win. Most of them have been fans for a few weeks. How much could they care? Phillies fans care. They're dying for a championship. If the Rays don't win the World Series, they'll just head to Clearwater Beach next weekend. If the Phillies don't win the World Series, they'll have to look forward to the Eagles every Sunday. And right now that's frightening.

So I expect plenty from Phillies fans in Games 3, 4 and 5 at Citizens Bank Park. The Bank was electric during Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS against the Brewers and Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. That was loud.

More later. Gotta go talk to the manager.


Charlie Manuel would like to remind everybody to get the rubber ducks out of your butts.

"We're in a seven-game series . . . and you look at it and go, 'Oh, man, the world is going to come to an end just because we didn't hit last night,' " Manuel said. "Now, let me tell you something. We've got some more baseball to play. . . . You're like, 'I've got a lot of faith in our guys, and we're going to win this thing.' "


Bob Ford talks about Jamie Moyer, who understands Phillies fans better than anybody.


Frank Fitzpatrick offers a guide to Rays fans. John Gonzalez talks to Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler. Gonzalez, Ford and Phil Sheridan talk about Talkin'. Seriously, that's what they talked about.


Ryan Madson has been a stud since August. ... The Phillies vow to start scoring runs. ... The Rays are confident going into Game 3.