Random NLCS Thoughts (so far)

Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS are in the books, and the Phillies earned a split with the Giants. I’m not going to throw out a lot of stats, or bore you with yet another recap. That’s all available out there in plenty of places. Now, it’s time for my first batch of random thoughts.

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Giants catcher Buster Posey bears an uncanny resemblance to one of my neighbors. I’d post pictures here to prove it, but I don’t have a picture of said neighbor available. In fact, I just checked his Facebook profile, and he appears to have replaced it with a picture of Posey! Then again, it’s hard to tell the difference.

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Cody Ross, otherwise known as my least-favorite Marlin, has hit three (!) home runs so far in this series. Let’s see, Ross is with his fifth major-league team in seven seasons, and the Marlins apparently thought so highly of him that they released him in August, whence the Giants picked him up on a waiver claim. Somehow, he has turned into a post-season hitting machine, hitting .350 so far with 4 home runs and 6 RBI.

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Speaking of Ross (though I’d rather not), it looks like he has jumped on the “Fear the Beard” bandwagon, sprouting some facial hair that was not there when he was with the Marlins. In fact, his clean-shaven self always reminded me of an elf.

codyrosself.jpgProbably a South Pole elf. :-) 

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While we’re on the subject of beards, thanks to the wonderful technology of high-def close ups, I can confirm that it would be physically impossible for Tim Lincecum to grow one, since he appears to have approximately three facial hairs in total.

no facial hair.jpg

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Prior to last night, Jimmy Rollins had not had much success at the plate this postseason, with just one hit in the divisional series against the Reds. His first “hit” of the NLCS came when the Giants infield forgot how to call for a pop-up, and the ball dropped safely in the midst of Mike Fontenot, Jonathan Sanchez, Aubrey Huff, and Buster Posey.

I don't got it.jpgI’m always amused when highly-paid professionals mess up a basic part of the game that even 10-year-olds are expected to execute unless, of course, it is my team that is messing up. ;-)

Later in the game, Jimmy atoned for his lack of production by smacking a bases-loaded, three-run double to bust the game open. :-)

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Ryan Howard caused quite a stir among the Phaithful when he was spotted at Sunday afternoon’s Eagles game. Shouldn’t he have been preparing for that night’s baseball game, perhaps watching film or taking some extra swings in the cage? It’s not like he was ripping the cover off the ball in Game 1, and he would be going up against a tough lefty in Sanchez, against whom he has not had much success in the past.

howard eagles.jpgIf he had looked as pitiful as he had in Game 1, he would have had some explaining to do. On the contrary, Howard had two hits off Sanchez (a single and double), as well as a key walk in the first inning. Maybe Howard should go to a few more football games this postseason. :-)

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Poor Andres Torres! He struck out four times against Roy Oswalt last night, earing the dreaded Golden Sombrero:

golden sombrero.jpgDo I feel bad for him? No, not really.

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No game tonight, as it’s an off day as the series moves west to San Francisco for Game 3.

Let’s go, Phillies!

7 Comments

So your neighbor is a 12-year old boy then? Since he looks like Posey, whom I swear is a child…lol As for Howard, these guys all have different personalities and I think the chance to relax before the game and do something fun helped him. Now, had Utley done the same, I’d have been worried…he is Mr. Intense. But it paid off for Howard :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Our entire team seems made up of people nobody wanted who are suddenly better than people thought they were. Weird.

Jenn – Actually, my neighbor HAS a 12-year-old boy.

Kaiser – Hmm. That IS weird. They’d better stop overachieving! :-)

Excellent observations, Sue. Who needs to watch the games with you around? It’s amazing that Ross was released and is now the Giants’ offensive star – a feel good story for him but not so much for you!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I think the Ross beard is more of a disguise for his nightly roaming the streets of San Fran…

-peter

Phillies Outside

Haha. Yeah, Timmeh doesn’t look like he can grow much at all. Such a baby face. That’s why his arm is so terrifying, I think. Hopefully they figure out Ross. Otherwise, better just walk him (can’t believe I’m saying that).
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Peter, you may just be onto something with Wilson’s “rally Beard’. . . . here is a skype interview of him without the beard, looking pretty normal until about 5:15 of the interview. . . . when things get abnormal.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5144530/the_cheap_seats_brian_wilson/

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