Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…

 

rockies logo.gif…to keep the Phillies out of the NLCS! After a very stressful pair of games (for me, anyway) against the Rockies at tundra-like Coors Field, the Phillies have a repeat engagement with the Dodgers for the National League Championship.

I will admit to missing the end of Game 3. I just could not keep my eyes open, and around 1:30 or so, turned the TV off in the middle of the eighth inning with the score still tied. Sacrilege, I know. My husband was already snoring by this time, and I was not feeling terribly optimistic and did not want to stay up even later if they were going to lose.

Then, I dreamed that they had won the game. Imagine my delight to wake up the next morning and find out they really had!

Game 4 thankfully came on earlier, so I didn’t have to worry about nodding off. The Phils took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning, but it looked like things were about to implode after the Rockies scored 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth. I couldn’t bear to watch, so I again turned it off and proceeded to get the kids to bed.

Before settling down (glumly) to watch The Big Bang Theory – which is a really funny show, if you haven’t seen it yet – I had a few extra minutes and decided to check to see if the game was over, and to my shock saw Ryan Howard driving in the tying runs!

Me (to husband who is coming down the steps): Oh my God, Ryan Howard just hit a two-run double to tie the game!

Him: You’re kidding!

Me: No, I turned it on just in time to see it!

So of course we watched the rest of the ninth, saw Jayson Werth drive in the winning run and Brad Lidge get the final out, and went to bed happy that night.

The First Key to Victory

After many years of watching the Phillies, I’ve come to the realization that quite a few of their winning rallies coincide with my (or my husband’s) act of turning the TV off. Maybe there is a connection! While it results in our missing a lot of the excitement, I’ll try to stick with that plan for the NLCS.

The Second Key to Victory

L.A., meet my lucky shirt…

lucky shirt.JPG

I realized that I was wearing this very shirt during all three Phillies victories (or at least the parts of them I was awake for), but not during the dreadful Cole Hamels debacle of Game 2. Where was it then, you ask? Well, it was (gasp!) in the laundry. I will not make that mistake again! I will only wash it on off days during the NLCS, which by the way, there are too many of, but that will lead me into a whole new rant.

Game 1 is tomorrow, so I better get started on that laundry!

[blogging note: You may have noticed a lack of entries from me since last week. That's because when I am very tense about the games, I have a tendency to think not very nice things about the other team. So as everybody's mom always said, "If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all." Hence my silence.]

11 Comments

I missed the last out. And then the station flipped to the hockey game and didn’t even show HIGHLIGHTS! ugh. They should all be FIRED.
So I switched to ESPN and watched everything! That was a stellar homerun! Congrats to the Phillies!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

I like your shirt. Very nice. It should be a great series. Your Phillies are a great team. I plan on taking a lot of pictures as usual and promise to take pictures of your Phillies too.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

I’m so glad I’m not the only crazy superstitious one! I wore the same clothes for the Yankees’ victories over the Twins and only after the series did I wash them. Now they’re fresh and ready to go for the ALCS! Amazing how we think our actions actually have an effect on a game’s outcome. Just nuts! Good luck tomorrow. I’m sure it’ll be a great series.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Sue,
You got to admit both those nights in Coors Field had you on the edge of your seat until late in both contests.
But that is what it takes to sometimes go far in the post season.
You can have all the situational hitting and pitching to be a deciding factor, but some times a lucky hit or even a grounder through the hole can produce everything you need that night.
No disrespect to either team, but sometimes it almost looked like in the early stages of both of those game we might see some extended baseball.
Time to now re-boot and get ready to take on the Blue boys.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Things to do:
Call Guido in Phlly and give him instructions to go to Sue’s house and retrieve lucky shirt.

I have to admit – I felt so bad for the Rockies! Good luck in the next series!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I have a feeling that the best is yet to come…and funny how mum’s around the world say the same things….:-)
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Looking forward to a good series. I’ve made sure to wash the right, umm, rally “apparel” so we’ll see how it matches up.

http://behindblueyes.mlblogs.com

Looking forward to a good series. I’ve made sure to wash the right, umm, rally “apparel” so we’ll see how it matches up.

http://behindblueyes.mlblogs.com

Sue,
Congrats! I love the superstitions. I use ‘em too!
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

If your husband turns the tv off and the Phillies come back… keep it up. Superstitions love to work in the playoffs.

Ted
http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

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