Cocks in the Hen House 08.25.10 – Welcome Back, Team!


By: Pat Gallen (@PatGallen_PN)

Holy shit, the Phillies are almost the Phillies again. And, by the way, I’m going to use this space to say things I wouldn’t normally say on the radio or on Phillies Nation. Like the word “shit” – sorry.
 
It’s been since May 21 since we’ve seen the real Phillies lineup written in calligraphy by Pete Mackanin. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz has nary been witnessed this year, but it finally happened again. Before May 21, it was in place for the first week of the season, then, disbanded due to a myriad of injuries.  For that one day in Boston it was together, and just like that, gone again – until yesterday.
 
A completely healthy (sorta) Phillies lineup was in action for the world to see. The same lineup that helped bring them a title in 2008 and a National League Pennant in 2009 (except for our man Placido Polanco, of course) stepped out onto the field. It’s a small victory within in the war that has been this season.
 
This topic may have been beaten like a dead horse lately, but it’s incredible where the Phillies sit with the jumblefuck of injuries they’ve endured. Really, Wilson Valdez has played over 80 games this season? Paul Hoover, Dane Sardinha, Brian Bocock, and Cody Ransom where once part of this team? And here they stand, in a playoff position, ready to strike for a division crown.
 
Charlie Manuel has stated time and again they aren’t looking at the Wild Card standings, but I call poppycock. They have to feel even more empowered knowing they are in the lead for the WC. The Braves can feel them breathing down their necks as August slowly creeps to an end.
 
So I ask you, fans of Chicks Dig the Long Ball, can they track down the Braves, sniff out their scent, hunt them through the woods, and put the bullet between their eyes by seasons end? That was graphic, but they’re shooting for them. And, finally, about as healthy as possible. It’s gonna be a hell of a September, no doubt. I say they do it. What say you?
 
And after last night’s 16-inning affair, can they leave that tough loss behind them and focus on the task at hand…kicking ass and taking names through the final 46 games.

Pat Gallen is a senior writer at PhilliesNation.com and also an anchor & Phillies reporter for 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey.  He can be found on Twitter here.

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One Response

  1. Perfect as always, Patrick. [=

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