The weekend was certainly interesting. It began on a muggy afternoon at Barack’s house, included four games, a rain delay, ugly pitching from both sides, progress from Brad Lidge, and wins for Sergio Escalona and Andrew Carpenter. In the end, the Phillies accomplished their first four game sweep in a road series since June 19-22, 1995, when they played the Mets at the parking lot formerly known as Shea Stadium.
And thanks to Sergio Escalona for offering a reminder of the emotional intensity of sports, which at this level is sometimes buried beneath ego, money and media-savvy. After winning his first big-league game, Escalona stood in front of his locker, head dripping sweat, and said this: “Oh my God. Amazing. Yeah. First game, first win.”