For the first time since 1993, the Philadelphia Phillies will go to the World Series! With a 5-1 win over the LA Dodgers, the Phillies ARE the 2008 National League Champions! I think this photo best expresses how I feel right now…like skipping joyously through a field of flowers! J Whoo Hoo! The best part of the post-game celebration was watching Charlie Manuel run out onto the field, grab hold of his players one by one, and give them a great big bear hug! These guys have worked hard to get here and they certainly earned it.
Tonight’s win was a true team effort; that, I believe, is the difference between the Phillies and the Dodgers. The Phils have a complete team, with hitting threats up and down the line-up; the Dodgers have Manny and a few other guys who may get some hits. They are unbalanced. Every starting position player on the Phillies tonight, except Ruiz, was on base at least once and the 3 RBI’s came from 3 different players. And when one guy is not hitting, someone else will step in to pick him up. That’s a team – that’s the Phillies.
Jimmy Rollins set the tone once again tonight, hitting a lead-off home run. It sent a signal to the whole team that tonight was their night. And so it was… For the Dodgers, it was a case of Murphy’s Law as everything that could have gone wrong, did. Rafael Furcal committed THREE errors in the fifth inning, leading to 2 unearned runs for the Phillies who took a 5-0 lead at that point. Shane Victorino felt so bad for the guy, he actually told Furcal in the middle of the inning to keep his chin up! You’ve got to love Shane…this guy has a huge heart. How many players do you know that would try to encourage the opposition in the middle of game, let alone a game that could send them to the World Series? Shane has my vote for MVP of this playoff run.
Cole Hamels held up his end of the bargain, pitching 7 innings of one-run baseball. He allowed 5 hits and 3 walks, 2 of which came with 2 outs in the 7th before he struck out Jeff Kent to get out of the jam. Hamels looked calm and in control the whole game, even smiling when Charlie Manuel went out o the mound after the 2 walks in the 7th to ask him how he felt. Manuel left him in the game, and you know the rest. Cole also held Manny Ramirez to just one hit, a solo homer in the 6th inning. Ryan Madson pitched the 8th and Brad Lidge the 9th, closing out the game. All 3 pitchers were outstanding.
Who the Phillies will face in the World Series is yet to be decided. The Tampa Bay Rays have a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox right now and they will play Game 5 tomorrow night. We will all be watching with great interest. But for now, pour me a drink! It is time to celebrate!!!!!!!!! WE ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!! GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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