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 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]:
Donald [8:32 AM]:
I know…
Valerie [8:32 AM]:
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]:
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]:
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.


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.

Your 2010 National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The race for the National League East championship ended where it started: in Washington, DC with Roy Halladay on the mound in front of an adoring fan base that made the trip to Citizens Bank Park South to see their ace do something special.

He didn’t disappoint.

The Phillies clinched their fourth consecutive division title last night as the bats reemerged to support Halladay’s brilliant 97-pitch, two-hit, complete game shutout. 

Roy’s dominant performance ensured that his dream of playing meaningful baseball in October will finally come to fruition. It was a dream that seemed unlikely on July 21, as the then oft-injured and underachieving Phils were seven games out of first and only two games above .500.

But they preservered. Backups stepped up, starters got healthy, and another ace was brought into the fold. Once left for dead, the Phillies came roaring back and won twenty games in September. They now own the best record in baseball and control their own destiny.

Congratulations Fightins. You’ve made us proud.

Getty Images/Mitchell Layton

Ode to the New York Mets

Michael Bryant/Philadelphia Inquirer

The Phillies beat the Mets 3-to-2,
Reyes, Wright, and Pelf wailed “boo-hoo”!
Didn’t like Utley’s slide,
So together they cried,
Utley said “Boo? Fuck you!”

LOL Espinosa

Last night, during the seventh inning of the Phillies 5-2 win over the Natinals, it appeared that second baseman Danny Espinosa briefly forgot how to count to three.

After swinging on a 82-mph changeup from Chad Durbin, the switch-hitting rookie walked back into the batter’s box rather than retreat to the dugout, causing an on field delay and some mild amusement.

Nats second baseman Danny Espinosa looking dumbfounded after being struck out by Chad Durbin.

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Game Recap 9.14.10-Phillies 2, Marlins 1

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Although he labored at times, Cole Hamels picked up his fourth consecutive win as the Phillies beat the Marlins 2-1 in Miami tonight. Hamels (11-10, 3.01 ERA) tossed 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and one run while walking two and striking out a season-high 13. His 25-inning scoreless streak came to an end in the first inning when Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison scored on a soft single by Dan Uggla.

Shane Victorino provided both runs in the win, scoring from first on a Placido Polanco double in the first inning, and again on a bases-loaded groundout by Jayson Werth in the fifth.

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Game Recap: Phillies 3, Mets 0

What a grin! (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Lost in the hoopla of the NFL’s opening weekend and the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Packers yesterday was the absolute gem that Roy Oswalt tossed against the New York Mets at Citi Field and its impact on the pennant race.

Oswalt notched his first complete game shutout as a Phillie yesterday with a dominating four-hit, 113-pitch performance to help the Phils secure the best record in the National League and a one-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the division. (In a totally unexpected-but-related development, former Phillie Kyle Lohse outdueled 15-game winner Tim Hudson to lead the Cardinals to a 7-3 victory over the Bravos.)

The Phillies scored three runs off of RBI singles from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard and a solo home run from Raul Ibanez. While this was all the run support that Oswalt needed, the Phils offense was unable to capitalize with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh when Placido Polanco grounded into a double play. Jayson Werth also continued to struggle at the plate. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

The Fightins start a three-game series against the Florida Marlins in Miami tonight. Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15 ERA) faces lefty Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16 ERA) at 7:10 pm.

You know, Roy was so awesome yesterday that I decided to write limerick about him:

Roy Oswalt kept the Mets off base
To help the Phils in the pennant race.
With 113-pitches,
The Mets were his bitches,
And the Phillies remain in first place!