It’s been 14 long years since my freshman year of high school when the Phillies made the playoffs and eventually made it to the world series. I was a big baseball fan then, but the 1994 baseball strike and a string of absolutely horrendous records made yardwork look like a more exciting hobby. Baseball nearly died in this town.
Jimmy Rollins, thanking Jesus for 20 triples and hating the Mets
Walk around today, and you can’t go more than a few blocks without seeing an Utley, Howard, or Rollins shirt. Everyone knows by now the unlikely story of how the Mets totally blew it and the Phillies surged to victory, but people outside of the area have no idea how strange it is to hear people talking about baseball in October.
I know it’s been a while since our team was in the playoffs, but do they always have games at these RIDICULOUS times? 3:00PM Wednesday? 10:00PM Sunday night?
Wow. It must suck to be a Mets fan right now. The NL East is all tied up now.
The Tease I mean. Ouch:
I shouldn’t be surprised the Phillies won’t be making the playoffs this year, but I always am. I’ve never seen a Phillies team hit this well, but it still won’t make up for bad pitching. The only starters I’d like to see back next year are Hamels and Kendrick. Myers isn’t bad, but I couldn’t care less if they unloaded that dirt bag.
Utley, Burrel, and Howard are all having good years, but everyone seems to be getting on the Rollins4MVP bandwagon. From philly.com:
Rollins entered yesterday on pace to have 210 hits, 141 runs, 40 doubles, 19 triples, 30 home runs, 93 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.
Just seven players in baseball history have hit .290 with 200 hits, 125 runs, 35 doubles, 15 triples, 25 home runs and 90 RBIs in a season: Earl Averill (1936), Joe DiMaggio (1936 and 1937), Lou Gehrig (1927 and 1930), Chuck Klein (1932), Stan Musial (1948), Babe Ruth (1921) and Al Simmons (1930).
Each of those seven resides in the Hall of Fame.
The Phillies took the Mets down four games in a row! Pat Burrel with two home runs? As someone I work with said today, the tease is on.
You have to like Kevin Kernan’s article in the NY Daily News a few days ago. (found via 700 Level)
August 26, 2007 — MEMO to Jimmy Rollins: The best team won.
Yes, it’s still the dog days of August and the Mets have to travel to beautiful Philadelphia tomorrow, but the NL East race is over. Though the Yankees are fighting for their playoff souls, the Mets are merrily on their way to another October.
This really wasn’t much of a race.