Phillies are World Series Bound!!

The Phillies are headed to the World Series for the second straight year (yay!), and now await the conclusion of the ALCS to see who their opponent will be. The Angels rallied to beat the Yankees last night, forcing the series back to New York for at least Game 6. Personally, I am rooting for the Yankees.

Yes, it pains me to say this, as I’ve always professed to be a Yankee-hater. But I’ve come to realize that it wasn’t so much the individual Yankees I disliked (except maybe A-Rod), but the whole concept of the Yankees. I mean, 26 (!) World Series championships? That’s almost one-fourth of all the championships ever. The Phillies, on the other hand, have exactly two. So I guess it’s more jealousy of all that success than hate – call me a Yankee-envier.

An all-East Coast WS would have the benefit of none of those late West Coast games. No worries about jet-lag affecting the Phillies players. Alas, no palm trees (because everything is better with palm trees), but I can overlook that.

In the meantime, since the World Series doesn’t start until next Wednesday, I can b*tch and moan about one of my major peeves with postseason baseball – the starting times of the games and the length of the games.

Is there any reason that we have to wait until 8:07 to begin a night game? 7:05 is good enough the rest of the season. If MLB wants to attract and retain a new generation of fans, having games start that late and not end until almost midnight is not the way to do it.

Of the nine postseason games the Phillies have played so far, only three of them have finished in about 3 hours. Two of those were started by Cliff Lee (thank you, Cliff, for being so efficient). The other one was Game 2 of the NLCS, when Pedro Martinez and Vicente Padilla were both dazzling.

The other six games averaged 3 hours and 49 minutes in length, with two games going beyond 4 hours. This is well beyond the attention span of many young fans, and even a lot of adult ones. Maybe Lee could give the other starters some lessons on mound efficiency.

 

Every Girl Crazy ‘Bout a Sharp Dressed Man

Maybe ZZ Top could pull off some of the looks sported by TBS reporter Craig Sager during the NLCS, but I sure can’t say I was crazy about them. See for yourself:

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Game 1: OK, this one’s not too bad, it’s kinda reminiscent of one of HK’s favorites, which hangs in the dugout during each game.

 

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Game 2: Yikes! How did Ethier manage to keep a straight face while being interviewed? My 8-year-old daughter might think this is a good look – she thinks everything looks better if it’s pink.

 

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Game 3: Though it doesn’t really show in this photo, on TV the jacket appeared to be velour or some similar material, and is a very dark purplish/eggplant color. Has Craig been raiding Liberace’s closet?

 

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Game 4: This one makes me think of a pumpkin. I guess he wanted to get in the holiday spirit, since the World Series will only be at Game 3 (!) on Halloween.

 

ugly suit gm 5.jpgGame 5: Slightly less garish, but still on the loud side. And c’mon, Jayson, smile – you just clinched the NLCS!

Since I don’t normally watch much sports on TBS, I don’t know if this is the way he always dresses. I can only hope he’s doing this on purpose, and doesn’t actually think this is a good look. And what must his closet look like? Seeing all those jackets hanging side by side would be enough to make my eyeballs pop (or at least scorch my retinas).

Thank goodness the WS is not on TBS; I don’t know if I can handle any more of these visual assaults!

10 Comments

I can’t believe no-one likes TBS thats T otal B ull S hit… I was also somewhat amused by the fact that the commentators were almost willing the Dodgers to win a lot of times during that last game….
but its back to the World Series..wooohooo
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http//devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Peter, I can’t quite tell if you’re being sarcastic or not about people not liking TBS. I, like many others, I’m sure, am partial to the local broadcasters I’ve listened to all season long (even though they too make the occasional mistake). Listening to strangers call the games just seems wrong.
Sue

Sue,
Sorry it took a couple of days for me to get here.
Congratulations on your Phillies going to the W.S. for the second consecutive year.
Do what I was doing while watching postseason games, I turned off the sound of the TV and turned on the radio to follow Vin Scully. He made the losses more tolerable.
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About Craig, My bro Vic says that Craig dresses like that all the time covering other sports. My favorite pic is the second, one for obvious reasons :-)
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Congrats again on the great win to advance to the WS. I’m so jealous. I hope the Yankees will join you very soon. (Please please.) As for Sager’s jackets, I won’t miss them at all. The orange one is truly awful. His interviews are pathetic too. He acts like he’s doing everyone a favor by dropping in.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Sue, congrats to the Phillies for getting back to the World Series! I think a Phillies/Yankees World Series would be very interesting — Broad Street vs. Broadway! (I thought that was a cool sign from one of the fans during the on-the-field celebration. LOL) Oh, and regarding Sager’s wardrobe…I’m quite sure he saved some of those ties and jackets from the 1970′s!
Shelley http://diamonddiva.mlblogs.com/

Yankees-Phillies would be a great matchup. It would be last year’s champs vs. the champs of all-time.
http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/

My question is – where the heck does Craig by those clothes? lol! Good luck to the Phillies!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Start times should be re-thought, but I guess the reason this whole World Series is later than it should be is because of the broadcast media, who says they don’t have the pull to dictate the way the MLB works….Sunday should be interesting though…afternoon game of the Eagles vs Giants evening game of the Phillies vs Yankees… lots of New Yorkers in Philly should be a boost for the City, higher prices etc….LOL
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Great entry! I know what you mean about the Yankees: my boys have a grand total of 0 World Series. It’s just not right. And wow, those outfits are pretty, uh, shall I say strange? LOL!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Sue,
Craig Sager has to be one of the reasons people would turn on the TV just to see what he found in his grandfather’s closet now.
But he is one of those “crazy like a fox” guys in baseball who gets you to notice him……….good or bad.
Congrats on getting to the Big Show again this season.
Hopefully it will be a good series to watch and to remember for the Phillies faithful.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.twitter.com
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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