Swift Justice

So you heard the Backstreet Boys ruin the National Anthem last night with their "singing" and "harmonizing" before Game 1.

And that's after an hour-long sound check.


Los Lonely Boys sing the National Anthem tonight before Game 2.

Let's hope they don't try to make it their own. And when I say their own, I mean don't suck wrench like the Backstreet Boys.

But there is good news. Taylor Swift, who was born in Wyomissing and is much better looking than the Backstreet Boys, will sing the National Anthem on Saturday before Game 3 (weather pending). Philadelphia's Patti LaBelle, who can actually sing, will sing it before Game 4.

Tim McGraw, son of Tug McGraw, will help deliver the ceremonial first ball to the mound before Game 3.

Swift first sang the National Anthem as a 10-year-old before a Reading Phillies game. LaBelle once sang "On My Own" with Michael McDonald, who is a god in the Yacht Rock community.


Fans can pose with the World Series trophy tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Coversation Hall in Philadelphia.


Sports Illustrated offers its Tale of The Tape: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and The Office's Ryan Howard.


Bruce Brown and T. Scott Brandon come up with the All-Time Phillies/Rays team, players who played for both the Phillies and Rays. I'm fairly confident this team would not make the World Series:

1B - Travis Lee
2B - Marlon Anderson
3B - Alex S. Gonzalez
SS - Kevin Stocker
C - Pete LaForest
LF - Russell Branyan
CF - Reggie Taylor
RF - Midre Cummings

PH - (b) Tomas Perez

RH - Paul Abbott
RH - Cory Lidle
RH - Dennis Springer
RP - Scott Aldred
RP - Trever Miller
RP - Carlos Reyes
RP - Julio Santana
RP - Rick White

ALL CAPS = All-Star


CW Philly 57 will rebroadcast Game 6 of the 1980 World Series at 3 p.m. Saturday.


The Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia is displaying Phillies memorabilia until the end of the World Series. The museum has more than 500 objects in its collection of Philadelphia baseball history.