Perfection


A few days ago, I watched a commercial that showed the exuberance of cheering Chicago Cubs fans, and I laughed at the futility of following a team that is the epitome of ‘wait until next year’.

And then I started to wonder about my own fandom.

The Phillies have only won two World Series in my lifetime. Twenty-eight years between championships is a long time. Why do I put myself through the torture of rooting for a team that has a one-and-32 shot of winning the Commissioner’s Trophy? Aren’t I just setting myself up for disappointment?

Then a night like tonight happens.

This is why we are fans.

This is why we endure a 162-game season of dizzying highs and devastating lows and keep coming back for more. Because on one glorious, magical night, something so special happens that makes the long grind of baseball season completely worthwhile.

Roy Halladay achieved perfection this evening.

He did not allow a single hit, run, or walk. He struck out eleven, and sat 27 batters.

Roy did not pitch a gem tonight. He tossed a masterpiece.

The Phillies defense was clutch behind him, especially the left side of the infield. Backup infielders Wilson Valdez and Juan Castro both made plays that would help Roy secure the win and record only the twentieth perfect game in Major League history. And although the offense could only muster one run, it was all that the good doctor would need.

Just as the Phillies’ World Series win of ’08 helped lessen the memory of Joe Carter, Roy’s stellar performance tonight has put the recent three-game scoreless sweep by the Mets solidly in the past.

Savor this moment. No matter what happens this season, we will always be able to enjoy Roy Halladay’s perfect game.

Video courtesy of @thekdotcom

Perfection Personified


THIS:

Thanks Roy.

Phillies Sexy Opponent of the Series: John Baker, FLA


WE SCORED A RUN!!

Ahem… now that that’s out of my system, onto the sexy!!

Our first Marlins Hottie will never be topped, of that I’m sure. In addition to being the team’s hottest offering, Chris Coghlan read my post – and tweeted back to me about it! Talk about a Hottie going above and beyond! I try to shy away from picking anyone on the DL, but as a member of the 7 month DL last year, I couldn’t help but go with an injured Hottie. It is my job, after all, to provide the best viewing material out there, even if it is sitting in the dugout! Continue reading

Game Recap 05.28.10 Phillies 3 Marlins 2


“The Run” (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

The Phillies finally got a run, well three to be exact, in their first win since one week ago; topping the Florida Marlins 3-2. Kyle Kendrick went six innings, giving up five hits and two unearned runs on a throwing error in the third. The Phillies  first run in nearly 30 innings of play came on the RBI triple from Raul Ibanez scoring Ryan Howard from first. The win tonight was much-needed, as it snapped a five game losing streak. The second run to tie the game came on a Ryan Howard opposite field single to score Chase Utley from second. The first go ahead run came on a ground out from Utley which allowed Shane Victorino to score from third.

Kendrick (W, 3) struggled at times, but pitched well enough to keep the Phillies in the game and allowed him to win his third game of the season. The shaken up lineup, missing starters Placido Polanco and Jayson Werth, did shine a light on the struggling Greg Dobbs who got the start at third tonight. Dobbs went 0-4 with two strikeouts and grounded into a double play; Juan Castro replaced Dobbs in the game at third.

Jose Contreras (S, 3) got the call in the ninth, earning his third save of the season in as many opportunities. However, it didn’t go as smoothly as anyone would have liked. After a quick strikeout to Hanley Ramirez; Jorge Cantu singled on a line drive to right field, followed by a Dan Uggla single also to right field. Contreras struck out right fielder Cody Ross and got Ronny Paulino to fly out to center to end the game.

It wasn’t a pretty win; it was a close one that didn’t come easy. But we finally got a run. And the win.

Game two tomorrow at 7:10 features what should be a great pitcher’s duel between aces Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson.

Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (26-24) at Florida Marlins (24-24)


After a pathetic three shutout losses against the New York Mets, the Phillies will look to turn their luck against the Florida Marlins. In a visit to Citizens Bank Park in April the Phillies lost the series 1-2. Withe the division being such a tight race, the Phillies must look to get back on track during this series. Continue reading

Game Recap 05.27.10 – Mets 3 Phillies 0


Imaginary At Bat Songs: Cole Hamels


I remember my very first Phillies game very well.  July 6, 2009.  The Phillies beat the ever loving shit out of the Reds, 22-1.  I have a lot of memories of that game, but one has stuck with me for nearly a year now.  It wasn’t one of the 290342 Phillies hits, or seeing Cole Hamels effortless on the mound.  It was this: when Shane Victorino walked up to the plate for the first time and “Buffalo Soldier” came blaring out of the speakers, I actually said out loud “What the hell is that?  That is the worst fucking at-bat song ever.”  Neither of my sisters laughed, my parents rolled their eyes, and several people looked at me strangely.  But I was right.  It was horrible. Continue reading