Baseball Gods and Good Luck Charms


This is an actual IM conversation that I just had with a co-worker:


Donald [8:32 AM]:
Im a little bit worried…and let me explain why..as you know I am a hat guy… I always wear either my phillies or eagles…last night I wore my phillies for practice…but …i forgot to bring it back to the car last night and did not have it this morning…
Valerie [8:32 AM]:
WHAT!!!!!???!!!!
Donald [8:32 AM]:
I know…
Valerie [8:32 AM]:
Sigh.
Okay, deep breaths.
Donald [8:33 AM]:
I always hang it on my rearview mirror
Valerie [8:33 AM]:
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Donald [8:33 AM]:
its not there today
im scared
Valerie [8:33 AM]:
Okay, here we go…
Your hat has no bearing on whether or not the Phils play well.
Donald [8:33 AM]:
ok
Valerie [8:33 AM]:
I know we like to think that we can affect the outcome of the game from home, but we can’t.
Donald [8:33 AM]:
ok
Valerie [8:34 AM]:
Yes, I’ll still say my prayer to the following in this exact order: God, Daddy, Harry, Whitey, and Robin.
Yes, I’ll still sit in my ‘lucky spot’ on the couch to watch the game.
But these things really have no bearing on how Halladay pitches, the offense hits, or the defense plays.
Donald [8:35 AM]:
ok, you are right of course
………………………..i might go home and get it at lunch
Valerie [8:35 AM]:
I think that would be best.

NLDS Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (97-65) v. Cincinnati Reds (91-71)


Welcome to the playoffs, babies (or, for fans of The701Level, babbys and guy babbys)! The NLDS begins tomorrow, October 5th, with our beloved Phillies taking on the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants taking on the Atlanta Braves. If you’ve already seen the Baseball Ladies’ predictions for the NLDS (which, if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?), you’ll know that we’re all favoring the Phillies to beat the Reds and advance to the NLCS (where I, personally, hope they’ll face the Giants… if only to bring <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/burrepa01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Pat  Burrell</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rowanaa01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Aaron  Rowand</a></strong> back to Philly for a short while). Yes, we’re biased, but the Phillies have been here before – the past three years in a row, actually. The Reds haven’t been in the playoffs since 2006. The Phillies are heavily favored to win this best-of-5 series, but I’m hoping for at least some fight from the Reds, just to make it interesting. I’d love to see the Phillies just destroy them, too… I’m so indecisive. Anyway. Phillies in 4.
Pitching matchups for the first three games of the NLDS are as follows: <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hallaro01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Roy  Halladay</a></strong> v. Edison Volquez, <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/oswalro01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Roy  Oswalt</a></strong> v. <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arroybr01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Bronson  Arroyo</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hamelco01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Cole  Hamels</a></strong> v. <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cuetojo01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Johnny  Cueto</a></strong>. Our big three against their… three starting pitchers? Yeah, I think we’ve got these in the bag. I am a little curious as to why <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/worleva01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Vance  Worley</a></strong> didn’t make the NLDS roster, in case we need him as a starter or a long reliever out of the bullpen. At least <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zagurmi01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Mike  Zagurski</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/baezda01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker”>Danys  Baez</a></strong> didn’t make the roster, either, but there’s a huuuuge difference between Worley and Zagurski/Baez that could really make up an entirely separate blog post. So we’ll skip that for now.
NLDS Schedule
Game 1 – Wednesday, October 5th @ 5:07PM (Citizens Bank Park)
Game 2 – Friday, October 6th @ 6:07PM (Citizens Bank Park)
Game 3 – Sunday, October 8th @ 7:07PM (Great American Ball Park)
Game 4 (if needed) – Monday, October 9th @ 5:07PM (Great American Ball Park)
Game 5 (if needed) – Wednesday, October 11th @ 6:07PM (Citizens Bank Park)
Let’s go Phillies!!!!

Radio calls of JRoll’s Grand Slam


AP Photo/John Bazemore

Jimmy Rollins hit his eighth home run of the season and the third grand slam of his career last night as the Phillies beat the Braves 11-5 in Atlanta.  Here’s the call from Scott and LA:

And now, in Español:

Now I’m not sure, but I think that Danny Martinez and Ricky Ricardo are mocking this call by Tom McCarthy from June 23rd:

So did we just hear an example of some good-natured ribbing from the Phillies’ Spanish announcers towards the television broadcast team, or is this audio proof of the utter contempt and disgust that Martinez and Ricardo have for T-Mac? You make the call.

(Ah, I’m just screwing with you. It’s probably just a coincidence. Or is it?)

The Braves lead in the wild card standings has been cut to one after the Padres’ 6-4 victory over San Francisco. The Phils try to help the Friars again this afternoon at 4:10 as Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25 ERA) faces Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.41 ERA) in his second start of the season.

Ode to Shane, Melissa, and Kingston Shane Victorino


Great news from the Phillies today:
Shane and his woman had a baby yesterday.
A new Victorino for the fall,
A winning experience for all,
I bet “ya know” is the first thing he’ll say.

Shane and Melissa Victorino at the Shane Victorino Charity Fashion Show