Paul Hagen: Given all the unpleasant fallout that could result if champagne is sprayed in the visitors' clubhouse tonight, this is the most important game the Phillies have ever played.
Paul Hagen: The Phillies insisted there will be no additional pressure on them Friday night. Jimmy Rollins said it straight. "The truth is, it's not any other game," he admitted. "You win or you go home."
Paul Hagen: For the second straight NLDS game, Charlie Manuel had to go to his bullpen with nobody out in the seventh inning. The relievers bent. They didn't break.
Paul Hagen: In the first two games of the NLDS, Ryan Howard has not only shown patience in clutch situations, but done some damage. Patience, it seems, really can be a virtue.
Paul Hagen: Football and hockey are more violent sports than baseball. But that doesn't mean baseball doesn't have to deal with an injury that has been linked to brain damage and suicide.
Paul Hagen covers baseball for the Daily News.