The Champs Strike Again

Well, not much needs to be said about this team that we haven’t already said numerous times before.  The Jimmy Rollins rollins wingame-winning double was just another amazing moment in a post-season, and two-year period, that has been full of amazing moments.  Obviously great to see J-Roll, the longest-tenured Phillie, get that hit.  A lot of the thoughts I had during the game seem irrelevant after that bottom of the 9th, but here are some:

-The Howard homer in the first was great.  They showed that statistic that Randy Wolf had given up one home run to a lefty all year, and the next pitch went out.  Great start coming off the blowout on Sunday night. 

-You could argue that Blanton was affected by pitching out of the pen lately.  He looked great for three innings, then looked very hittable in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings.  Not sure why Charlie let him hit in the 5th, but it’s just another example of Charlie wanting to avoid using his bullpen.

-Speaking of the bullpen, lost in the miraculous ending was the fact that the bullpen, with Park, Madson, Eyre, and Lidge, put up three scoreless innings.  That’s a good sign.

-Matt Stairs has become well-known for saying, “I’m always looking to hit a home run,” which most hitters won’t say.  I wonder if that helped get into Jonathan Broxton’s head in the 9th last night.  Broxton had to have last year’s homer in the back of his mind, and pitching with a 1-run lead to a guy that is just trying to hit it out, you have to think he had some fear of putting one in the strike zone.

-I loved a quote from Howard after the game.  Talking about Carlos Ruiz scoring the winning run, Howard said, “I haven’t seen him run that fast since rookie ball.”  It’s just a reminder that a lot of the guys on this team came up through the minors together, have grown as players and teammates together, and now they have a chance to win back-to-back championships together.  Pretty cool.

-Check in tomorrow night for a live blog of Game 5, as the Phils look to wrap up the series and take their second straight NL pennant!

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5 Responses to The Champs Strike Again

  1. WaTers says:

    I had not thought about how a lot of this team was brought up through the system together- just another reason to like them. Great point Doogan.

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