Whew! Game 1 Is Done and Phils Won!

The lucky shirt’s power continues. I almost forgot to put it on – we turned on the TV just as the game was beginning, and there it was lying nicely folded on my bed, next to all the other laundry currently being folded. I quickly changed and all was (eventually) right with the world.

The game was a nail-biter (metaphorically speaking, thankfully that is not one of my bad habits), but we did not have to resort to actually turning the TV off at any point.

I’m not going to recap the whole game – that info is out there elsewhere if you want it – but I will share some of my random thoughts from the game.

- Here we are in the entertainment capital of the world, and the best they can do for the National Anthem is Billy Ray Cyrus!?!? The guy best known at the moment as Hannah Montana’s, um, I mean Miley Cyrus’s dad? Why not at least have them do a duet? It’s not like he’s even a native of SoCal – wait, is anyone actually a native of SoCal? Hopefully this Kentucky native’s heart wasn’t too achy-breaky after the Dodgers dropped Game 1.

- At one point during the game, Russell Martin slipped while putting on the brakes after rounding third, and the announcer (not sure which one) mentioned that it had rained the day before. Rain in SoCal – hmm, I guess Albert Hammond lied to us when he sang that “It Never Rains In Southern California”. Well, he is from London, so I guess he can be forgiven for not really knowing.

- Cole Hamels once again lost his composure on the mound, thowing his hands in the air after Rollins and Utley failed to turn an inning-ending double play. This allowed Manny Ramirez to come to the plate and deliver a two-run bomb. Come on Cole, get your head on straight!

hamels hands.jpg- Speaking of Manny’s bomb, is it ever a good idea to throw three straight change-ups, as Cole did to Manny in this at-bat? Isn’t the whole point of a change-up that it is a different speed from the previous pitches? If you throw three in a row there is nothing for it to “change-up” from.

- I would love to sneak up behind ManRam with a big pair of scissors. Like the Biblical Samson, would he lose all his power if I cut off his hair?

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- Is it just me, or does Chan Ho Park truly look like a “deer in the headlights” on the mound while looking in for the signs? Nonetheless, he looked great for having not pitched in almost a month. Way to go, Chan Ho! I’m sorry I doubted you earlier in the season.

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- Choooooch! Rauuuuul! Are there two more fun names to say after a pair of three-run jacks? I think not.

- Lastly, we are still tortured with the announcers on TBS. Thankfully it is not the same crew as the NLDS (they were about as exciting as watching paint dry), but now I must listen to Buck Martinez, who inexplicably reminds me of the (fictional) announcer Jimmy Shorts from my son’s MLB Slugfest 2003 game.

mlb slugfest.jpgGame 2 starts in less than four hours, with Pedro Martinez taking the mound for the Phils against former Phil Vicente Padilla. Should be interesting, to say the least. The lucky shirt is ready.

5 Comments

Chan Ho did look lost…and Bastardo looked like he may go postal on someone…that is one intense kid!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

It was definitely your lucky shirt, Sue!!!! Take credit!!!! It’s nice and hot here in CA, so your guys will get to play in beautiful weather, as opposed to mine, who are probably freezing right now.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Well Sue,
Did you wear that lucky shirt? I wore the same hat on Friday but the lucky charm had worn off. I decided on my lucky socks for game two!
Quite the excitment and drama in the two games! Let’s see what is in store in chilly Philly.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/ml

Are you going to burn the shirt now? I felt so bad for Pedro! He pitched such a great game!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

So the TBS announcers should at least do there homework before turning the microphones on and at least pay attention to the game…even a graphic they flashed on the screen in game 2 showed Rameriz with no hits in the series…wow… unfortunately even returning to the confines of the Bank aren’t going to do away with TBS…but at least a lot less Phillie Fans will have to listen to them…unfortunately I’ll still have to listen…
GO PHILLIES!!
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http;//devilabrit.mlblogs.com

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