A Philadelphia Dynasty

Philes win 2010 div I started rooting for the Phillies as a kid, when they were perennial cellar dwellers.  They won a couple of World Series over the years—1980 and then in 2009.  But now with four division titles in a row, it’s the first time I feel like my team is becoming a dynasty.  I was there last night to see it, too.





Jayson Werth pours champagne on Roy Halladay, who won his 21st game to clinch the East Division title for the Phillies.

Phillies Take Game 1

Lee-Ruiz After a complete game performance by Cliff Lee, reportedly the Yankees held a clubhouse meeting after the game.  They agreed that if the Phils keep playing like this, the Yanks will concede after three games.

Phillies Fans

My hometown Philadelphia Phillies are told all too often they have the worst fans in major league sport.  They are too quick to boo players, the story line goes.

Well, the fans should their class a good part of this season, being patient with the implosion of their closer, Brad Lidge.  He’s not only been bad, he’s been the worst in the league, blowing 11 saves this year.  Recently, he lost the closer spot.  This after last year’s amazing performance when he didn’t blow a single save all season and played a pivotal role in getting Philly only its second World Series Title.

Last night, the Phils clinched their third consecutive NL East pennant.  In the ninth, manager Charlie Manuel sent Scott Eyre to pitch, protecting a good sized lead, so it wasn’t a save situation where he might call on Lidge.

After two outs, Manuel went to the mound to pull Eyre.  He would never had done it in a normal situation.  He had a big lead with nobody on base.  But this wasn’t a normal situation; it was the night Phils would clinch it.

The crowd roared with anticipation after the second out. The Phillies actually had clinched the division a few minutes earlier when the Marlins beat the Braves in Atlanta, making the Phillies’ magic number zero. But that hardly mattered at the [Citizens Bank Park] because as soon as Eyre got the second out, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel emerged from the dugout.

He wanted Brad Lidge.

"Awesome," Eyre said. "I looked at Charlie and said, ‘I’m good with this.’ Normally I would have been like, ‘Come on!’ But he should be on the mound for the last out."

It seemed like the perfect ending. Lidge’s struggles have been well documented this season, but Manuel wanted Lidge on the mound, just like he was when the Phillies clinched the World Series last year.

The crowd recognized the moment. It knew what was happening and why it was happening.

It roared with approval.

"That’s what I wanted to do," Manuel said. "I wanted him to pitch in front of the crowd. I thought it would be good for him and the crowd and the crowd responded good. It was the ideal situation for me to run him out there. I want to get his confidence back because I know how talented he is. I wanted him pitching in that situation."

Now get off the back of Phillies fans.  We’re not overly negative.  But we know the game.  We don’t suffer fools gladly.  But we have no problem dancing with the one who brung us.

Best Stealer

The Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth singled in the bottom of the eighth seventh in the game against the L.A. Dodgers tonight.  He then stole second base.  He then stole third.  And then he stole home.


World Series Boo-Birds

The Philadelphia Phillies got their World Series rings today.  Attending the ceremony were three former players. 

Howard - Burrell Former Phillies Pat Burrell (right with Ryan Howard), Geoff Jenkins and Adam Eaton took part in the ceremony. Burrell got a rousing ovation before heading off to Boston to play a night game for Tampa Bay. Eaton, who was left off the postseason roster, was booed.





Philly fans.  Gotta love ‘em.


hansbrough P.S.  Sportswise it’s been a good year.  After my hometown Phils won the Series, my alma mater takes another championship.