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Well, THAT Took Me By Surprise!

Call it a Christmas miracle.

As I was reading a column in today’s paper that the Phillies were “showing interest” in signing Cliff Lee, hubby came in the door and said that the Phils had actually signed him. “Yeah, right”, I thought. So I checked the news on my handy cell phone (what did we ever do without them?), and saw that it was so. And for fewer years and less money than either the Yankees or Rangers were offering! With Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, and now Lee, the Phillies’ starting rotation will be a force to be reckoned with next season. :-)

It was only last year around this time that I was lamenting Cliff’s departure to Seattle via trade, and wishing there was a way to clone him.

cliff clones copy.jpgWell, I don’t need to wish any more! Happy Ho-Lee-days, everyone! 

Grab A Six-pack Of Heineys!

 

heineken six pack.jpgHmm, maybe later.

Actually, I had a different kind of heiney in mind. ;-)

[men, you may want to stop reading now]

Ladies, just how well do you know your Phillies? See if you can identify this six-pack of heineys (with some tiny hints thrown in)!

 

perfect butt.JPG                                                             a Perfect butt

 

 

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                                                         prognosticating butt

 

 

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                                                               Tinseltown butt

 

 

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                                                            a Big Piece of butt

 

 

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                                                               butt of Gold

 

 

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The Man, The Butt

 

So, how many can you identify? And which is your favorite? Enjoy! I’ll be working on another six-pack in a few days or so.

(all photos by me – hey, I have a really big lens!)

Bad Mood Alert!

Watch out world, I’m not too happy at the moment.

This, of course, is the result of the Phillies lackluster effort against the Giants yesterday. Once again, their bats failed to come to life, as they were shut out 3-0.

What is going on?

One possible explanation: they were lulled to sleep by the most totally un-stirring, un-inspiring, un-energetic performance of the National Anthem that I have ever heard.

I often wonder who chooses the anthem performers for the playoff games. You would think they might try to find someone with ties to the city where the game is being played. San Francisco has a rich musical history – Santana, Journey, Steve Miller, Train, I’d even take Huey Lewis.

But we get someone named Ben Gibbard, of the band Death Cab for Cutie. They are from Seattle, and Gibbard is a self-proclaimed Mariners fan. They couldn’t at least find a Giants fan?

[tangential thought: I know there are some wacky band names out there, but this one stumps me. Who is Cutie? And why is she taking a "death cab"? Is it like the Cash Cab, but if you answer wrong you die?]

So maybe this was all part of the Giants strategy, because the result was this:

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No offense!!!!!

My mood was not helped when rodeo clown wannabe, um, evil elf Cody Ross knocked in the first run of the game for the Giants. Replays showed the pitch was not down and on the inside half of the plate, like the three homers he’s hit so far off Phillies pitchers, but low and away. So how does he manage to pull that pitch and line it into left field?

There’s only one logical answer: someone has been dealing with the devil.

demon spawn.jpg[OK, probably not, but it was fun to deface his picture. I feel a little better now.]

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.

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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!

It Must Be A Sign!

With Game 1 of the NLCS just hours away, I fetched my mail from the mailbox and flipped through my newly arrived issue of Rolling Stone. This photo caught my eye:

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He’s wearing a Phillies shirt!

And then I read the caption – the photo was taken in San Francisco!

I’m not really a fan of the Kings of Leon, and the picture is from 2003, but I’d like to think of it as a happy coincidence. An omen, if you will, that the Phillies will prevail!

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

After the Giants beat the Braves last night, the Phillies now know who their opponent will be in the NLCS, which doesn’t start until Saturday. Granted, the Phillies made quick work of the Reds, sweeping them in three games; the Giants needed four games to dispatch the Braves. Even if both series had gone a full five games, the divisional series would have ended on Wednesday. Why do we possibly need two full days off between series???

Initially, I thought I wanted the Braves to advance, because I felt the Phillies had a better chance against their pitching. On the other hand, those two teams had already met 18 times during the regular season (with the Phils winning 10), so there was a certain amount of familiarity. The Giants and Phillies have only played each other 6 times, which I’m sure has it’s own set of pros and cons.

At least now I won’t have to hear that annoying (and some would say politically incorrect) Braves chant during the games, and as far as I know, the Giants don’t have any sort of mass chanting from their fans.

Flip side is, I’ll have to watch Tim Lincecum and his girlie hair.

Random NLDS Musings

Since my last post, following Roy Halladay’s no-no, the Phils took the next two from the Reds, though in rather opposite ways. In Game 2, the other Roy wasn’t quite so sharp, and in fact, Oswalt later admitted that he had felt a bit rusty. The Reds took advantage and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings. But then the Phillies started to chip away at the lead, and the Reds let the game slip through their fingers. Literally. The Reds committed four errors in this game, and their pitchers hit three batters (more on that in a bit). Bottom line, Phillies won 7-4, though only two of the runs were earned.

Game 3 was a much more polished affair, as Cole Hamels went the distance for a complete-game shutout as the Phils won, 2-0. For the Phillies Phaithful, it was only fitting that the final out was a Scott Rolen strikeout.

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Which leads me to Rolen, or as one local sports talk-radio guy calls him, “Lemon Face”. [the following photo is actually not from the NLDS, but earlier in the season]

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(photo by Ed Wulfstein/Icon SMI)

Lemon Face had an atrocious series, going 1 for 11 with eight strikeouts! He also committed two errors! Hee hee! You may recall Rolen’s demands to be traded near the end of his tenure with the Phils, saying that the Phillies management and ownership weren’t committed to winning. Looks like the Phils have been doing pretty good lately, doesn’t it, Scott?

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Chase Utley, for his starring role last Friday in “Chase’s Excellent Adventure Around the Bases”. First, Utley was (maybe) hit on the hand by Aroldis Chapman; next, he (maybe) was safe on a close play at second; and finally, he (maybe) touched the base while rounding third. He was definitely safe at home.

I had to laugh at this Utley quote regarding the hit-by-pitch: “I felt like I thought it hit me, so I put my head down and I ran to first.”  O-kaaay, Chase, whatever you say. ;-)

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John Mayberry, Jr. may have been surprised to learn that he was also hit by a pitch in that game, because he is not on the postseason roster!

mayberry hit by pitch.jpgI’ve often wondered if the sportswriters actually watch the games. It would seem the answer is no, because if they did they would know that it was Ben Francisco who was nearly decapitated when the ball went off the brim of his helmet.

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Listening to the TBS announcing duo of Brian Anderson and Joe Simpson was enough to make me catatonic, given that they collectively seem to have as much personality as my pinky toe. And they clearly need some lessons in enunciation – one of them (I’m not sure which, they’re both equally dull) kept saying “Utley” in a way that made it sound like “Ugly”.

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The funniest moment of the series had to be in Game 3, when Rich Dubee was being interviewed during the game about the renaissance of Cole Hamels. With Dubee unaware of what was going on behind him, Roy Oswalt was ducking from the dugout into the clubhouse. He apparently couldn’t resist the temptation to grin at the camera on his way past:

oswalt dubee.jpgHubby, son and I were in hysterics. This team is definitely loose and having fun!

Let’s go, Phillies!

Like A Surgeon

A postseason virgin, Roy “Doc” Halladay pitched with surgical precision last night on his way to no-hitting the Reds in his playoff debut.

physician_throwing_scalpel_.gifAll I can say is, “Wow!”

After Doc mowed down the Reds in the first few innings, I began to think “Wouldn’t it be cool if he threw a perfect game?” Of course, I think this every time a Phillies pitcher retires the side in order for three innings or so. Perfect it would not be, though, as a walk erased that thought. But the no-hitter was still intact!

Due to the rather inconvenient starting time of 5:07 (who comes up with these things, anyway?), I missed portions of the game while picking up the kids from CCD. We also needed to eat dinner, but I left the TV on so we could at least hear it while eating. I was thankfully able to sit down and properly watch the final two innings, as history unfolded across my screen.

Game 1 to the Phils! Hooray! No game tonight; Roy Oswalt will take the mound tomorrow in Game 2.

Random Thoughts on the NLDS so far:

- Just like last year, the lousy sound on TBS is going to drive me crazy! Would someone please get them some better microphones? The crowd always sounds muted and tinny, like it’s at the end of a long metal tunnel. It would have been nice to get a sense of the excitement in the ballpark over the broadcast, instead of having to take the announcer’s word for it.

- There are no former Reds on the Phillies’ roster, though the Reds have three former Phillies on theirs: Arthur Rhodes, Miguel Cairo, and Scott Rolen. No deep meaning, just an observation.

- Speaking of Scott Rolen, does that man ever smile? It’s one thing to be intensely focused on the game (i.e., Roy Halladay), but Rolen looks like he’s either constipated or plotting mass murder.

cranky rolen.jpgOK, so that photo is from last season, but that’s pretty much the way he looks whenever the camera happens to show him. Yo, Scott, there are millions of men who would love to trade places with you to play the game they love for a living, so could you at least look like you’re having a little bit of fun??

Just What The Doctor Ordered

Doc Halladay must have known I needed something to get me excited about the playoffs, so he went out tonight and no-hit the Reds, allowing only one baserunner on a walk. Wow, talk about making a splash in your postseason debut!

So I have now officially caught the playoff Phever!

And I am now officially over Cliff Lee. I can scrap my cloning plans from last year – with H2O, it’s better living through chemistry!

[longer post tomorrow, when I have more time]

A Disturbing Realization

The other day, I was thinking about the fact that I don’t seem to have the same anticipation, the same glee, the same “phever”, regarding the upcoming playoffs as in the past couple years. Don’t get me wrong, I was very happy when the Phillies clinched the NL East last week. And now that Game 1 of the NLDS will be upon us in just a few hours, I’m feeling the stirrings of excitement.

Or maybe it’s just gas. :-)

Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable, nay, unbelievable that the Phils would capture the division four seasons in a row.

But now they have.

And therein lies the crux of my problem – the sustained success of these Phillies has led me to a point where I now expect excellence from them.

Excellence.gifExpecting excellence on a yearly basis? Good grief! I can only come to one conclusion.

I feel as if I’m becoming like…..like……a (gasp!) Yankees fan.

Break Out Your Brooms…

…as the Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the Braves last night! The Phils now have a six-game lead over the second-place Braves, and their magic number to clinch the division now stands at 4. :-)

Happiness abounds!

Hubby and I were fortunate enough to be at Monday night’s game, thanks to our friends Carrie and Ed, who had two extra tickets available. We met up with them by the third-base gate and headed into the ballpark. Upon entering, were greeted by the sight of 20 statues of the Phanatic, painted in various themes by local artists, and currently being auctioned off for charity.

 

bell phanatic.jpgCarrie and I posed with one painted to look like the Liberty Bell.

 

phrankenstein.JPGJust in time for Halloween, it’s “Phrankenstein’s Mascot”! This one is among the four currently up for bids. Bidding ends later today, and apparently there are a lot of people with way more money than they know what to do with! The current high bid for this one is just under $10,000, and another is over $15,000 (!).

 

beer vendorrrr.JPGMillerrrrr Light, anyone? This friendly (?) beer vendorrr was working the stands prior to the start of the game. Aaargh!

 

worley backpack.JPGPoor rookies! Pitcher Vance Worley makes his way to the bullpen with his Fancy Nancy backpack.

 

braves backpacks.jpgMy daughter would have had a field day in the Braves’ bullpen, with all these beauties to choose from!

 

 
hamels 20Sep.JPGCole Hamels was in fine form, giving up just one run over eight innings of work.

 

werth1 20Sep.JPGThough he hit homers on Sunday and Tuesday, the “dirty hawt” Jayson Werth did not hit one this night.

 

werth2 20Sep.JPGContrary to certain people’s opinions (I’m talkin’ to you, Patti), this is just not at attractive look.

 

victorino1 20Sep.JPGBrandon Beachy, making his first major league start for the Braves, made several throws to first in an attempt to hold Shane Victorino close to the bag.

 

victorino2 20Sep.JPGAll was for naught, however, as Shane successfully stole second, and evaded the tag with this slide.

 

valdez 20Sep.JPGWilson Valdez has been more than capable defensively while filling in for the injured Jimmy Rollins – he has a gun for an arm, and helped turn two double-plays for the Phillies. The Phils had a total of three DPs this night in support of Hamels.

 

ruiz 20Sep.JPGCarlos Ruiz has been having a fine offensive year for the Phils, contributing an RBI double in this game.

Brad Lidge came on in the ninth to get the save. The rally towels were waving so furiously, all the little white lint particles flying around looked like snowflakes! Well, sort of. Anyway, Brad had a 1-2-3 inning, and the Phils won 3-1!

I was waving my towel with gusto as well, hence no photos of Brad. :-(

After three tight games (3-1, 5-3, 1-0), the Phillies are off tonight with a much-deserved break. They’d best be resting up for the Mets, who come into town Friday for the last regular-season home games. Let’s go Phillies!

(all photos by me)   (well, not exactly, my husband took the one with me in it)

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