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The Phillies will be playing the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 National League Division Series. The youthful franchise, which was founded in 1993, is making its second trip to the post season and is coming in red hot. The trouble with hot teams is that they win games they’re not supposed to…take for instance Tuesday night. In an intensely fought 13-inning game, the Rockies slid into the playoffs on a questionable call at home plate. No matter. The Phillies are pretty toasty themselves.

Down the stretch, the Rockies won 14 of 15, while the Phillies won 13 of 17. Just before the respective winning streaks began, the two teams split a four-game slugfest in Philly. There is little doubt the upcoming series will any different; both teams have MVP-candidates, top ranking sluggers, and ballparks that love the long ball. Speaking of which, Ryan Howard was officially awarded for his heroics in the final week with NL Player of the Week honors.

Looking forward to the series, you have to wonder how the Rockies will handle the momentum from last night. I’m sure they will be exhausted after playing nearly five hours of baseball and hopping on a flight to PHL. Matt Holliday looked a little banged up, but I’m sure will be in the lineup on Wednesday. He, Todd Helton and the rest of the Rockies will be up against Cole Hamels who will once again be pitching in the biggest game of his life, this Wednesday at 3pm. He will be opposed by the lefty Jeff Francis. Francis finished the season 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA, and went 0-1 in two starts against the Fightins. He lasted a mere three-and-a-third innings in his September 13 outing, ultimately being chased by an Utley homer.

The upcoming games will be surrounded by an incredible atmosphere. I think we’ve finally had time to allow this to sink in and enjoy the prospect of a World Series. Many of us – although terrified to have our hearts broken again – still believed and a well-deserved playoff series has come to the city. Although I was stranded in DC Sunday evening, technology afforded me the opportunity to share my joy with Mike and the crowd on the radio at WNJC. For fans in similar situations around the country and the world, I recommend leaving a comment on where you will be watching the game, in hope of rallying some crowds. For the Washington, DC contingent, Rhino Bar & Pumphouse in Georgetown is where Phillies fans will congregate. I unfortunately will be in the wrong playoff city, and plan on watching the game at America’s Original Sports Bar in Phoenix. No matter where you are though, you can feel it. This is the playoffs.


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  1. Julie

    October 2, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Two things about the Rockies-Padres game last night:

    1. Matt Holliday may have scored the winning run last night, but did you see his play throughout the game? Two strikeouts in RBI-situations and a blatently misplayed ball in left field that caused the Padres to score and forced extra innings. Still can’t convince me that he deserves the MVP over J-Roll.

    2. Did anyone else notice the lack of Rockies apparel on the Rockies fans? From TV it looked like half of the crowd could have been featured in the weekly Target circular with their solid T’s and khakis. You call these people fans? It looks like they just wandered in from off the streets! No rally towels, no heart warming stories about why this season means so much, no passion. Granted I am biased since I am a Phillies fan, but did anyone else notice this?

  2. JDM

    October 2, 2007 at 11:15 am

    You know it Julie. I do business in the town so am there frequently, and have been to a few empty seaters there. They are a fair weather-band wagon crowd.

    But we all know their team is another RBI machine like the Fightins.

    I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but I like our pitching staff more (especially with no need to use Eaton) , which I think will carry the day.

  3. Tom

    October 2, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Right there with you Julie, I was thinking the same thing the whole game. Their game on Sunday was a similar thing, here they are with a chance to tie for the wild card and the stadium isn’t full and it’s more like a PGA event than playoff baseball. There’s no question in my mind that we just want it more.

  4. NateB

    October 2, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    i’m glad we’re playing the rockies instead of the padres. the phils can smother their pitching staff, while the phils will only have to use their best arms in this series. also the rockies will play harder, making the phils stronger. after this series the phils will be the hottest team in baseball, easily taking the pennant, and will be strong enough to beat any american league team that comes their way in the world series.

    as a fan who now lives out west, i’ll be going to game 3 in denver. yeah i just bought a ticket last night that’s not too far back behind home plate… that’s how easy it is to get a ticket to a rockies playoff game! i’m going with my bros, we’ll be decked out in phillies apparel and making a huge scene. you hear how quiet it gets there when things don’t go their way? perfect chance for us to make some noise! GO PHILLIES!!!

  5. JDM

    October 2, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Anyone seen the 25 man roster yet?
    I’m interested to see who they keep in the bull pen.

  6. Tom

    October 2, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    they had an early version on… no eaton, no geary because he’s hurt? i didn’t know he was but apparently he tweaked his elbow? is this right? my man coste is on there though

  7. Rob

    October 2, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Rhino Bar is a great place to watch Eagles games as well…I will be there on Wednesday to watch – see people there? – but have tickets for the Thursday game in Philly…right field upper deck, aka Ryan Howard HR territory. Bringing the old glove.

  8. Matt

    October 2, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    To be fair to the Rockies, most people in Colorado are only passionate about the broncos and/or rolling doobs. The Rockies are a clear #3 behind the elways and avs, they’re an expansion team with no history (one playoffs in ’95). Hopefully this run will wake the city and turn it into more of a baseball town – this country needs more of them.

    PS – Rhino is a red sox bar, so be prepared for a ton of them filing in around 530 – 6 on wednesday. I’m sure those fan bases will have no trouble co-existing…

  9. mike1360

    October 2, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    show some love for the pre and post game shows and tomorrow i will be out and about with free tshirts and puttin you on the radio if you get approached by the guy with a mic its me i will have a phillies jersey on .

  10. Philly Chit Chat

    October 2, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Hey I took a few shots of some of the players before they hit the stage yesterday. I need help ID’ing just two more guys. Thanks.

  11. Greg Perih

    October 2, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    we will be hosting the inaugural sans pants aprty in vancouver, bc… any other vancouver phillies fans (i’m sure there are tonnnesss, haha) feel free to contact us for the details.

  12. Prystline

    October 2, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Hey, I’m a Phillies fan from Vancouver. A sans pants party sounds like a great idea. I’m there!!!

  13. JPK

    October 2, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Any Phillies Phans in the SF Bay Area going to be watching the game anywhere?

  14. Joe

    October 3, 2007 at 7:40 am

    Any idea where Phillies fans are watching the game in NYC?


    October 3, 2007 at 9:43 am

    here is a breakdown of why the Phils edged out the Mets…this is based upon an article written in the NY Post on August 26th by Kevin Kernan. He and Delgado believed that the Mets had the NL East wrapped up because “the Mets simply have more weapons than anyone else in the NL East”…
    do ya?
    here’s your weapons breakdown by position:
    1st base – Delgado hit .258 24HR and 87RBI
    vs. Big #6 .268 47HR and 136 RBI…but who’s counting?
    edge Howard

    2nd base – Castillo vs. Utley
    stop it…are stats even necessary here?
    edge Utley

    SS – arguably the tightest race but
    Reyes .280 119 Runs 12HR 12 Triples 36 Doubles 57 RBI 78SB w/21CS dare I say ralley killer?
    J-Roll aka “MR. MVP” .296 139 Runs 30HR 20 Triples 38 Doubles 94 RBI 41SB and only 6 CS let’s be honest -> offensive catalyst, and can rock orange sunglasses
    edge Jimmy

    3rd base – easy one, Wright…right? try: WRONG! while he might have better offensive numbers then all of our boys combined, who made the plays when we needed it most? Nunez with the glove, and Dobbs with the stick.
    Edge Phillies third base crew ALSO Wright’s shaved head = AWFUL

    catcher – again, let’s just be honest here and give credit where it is due. LoDuca’s an ass with graying hair and no friends.
    edge Chooch

    RF – the ghost of Shawn Green $ ol’ man Endy vs. Victorino & Werth
    clutch hitting and a rocket arm are a good description of the the pinstriped platoon. pastey and an offensive liability, figure out who’s who
    edge the Buffalo soldier and Werth

    CF – Carlos “remember what I did in Houston” Beltran vs. Rowand
    hey Carlos, get mole checked out…it doesn’t look healthy. Mr. Rowand will continue to sacrifice anything and everything. Holy team player batman…
    edge Rowand

    LF – Alou pees on his hands…his HANDS!!! welcome to 2007, they are called batting gloves. check ’em out. society thanks you.
    edge Pat Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrell

    Ace – One is a K-Machine that comes through when his team needs him most, the other gives up 4 runs in the 1st when HIS team needs him most.
    edge to future CY Young Cole Hamels

    Closer – Billy Wagner…championships just seem to follow the aging fireballer around, oh wait. they haven’t. he’s just angry little man at this point. by the way, the receding hairline looks great on you.
    Brett Myers is a perennial member of the all-scowl team with stuff that gets nastier by the game.
    pump those arms Brett, you get the edge

    mascot – Mr. Met is simply frightening, the Phanatic is the best mascot in sports. I will not even entertain a debate on this.
    edge to the Phanatic

    HR celebration – the Bell vs. the Apple
    an apple that pops out of a hat…WTF? THAT is what has entertained and charged up new yorkers for years? the Bell rings (as bells are SUPPOSED to do BTW) and displays a light show. one of the coolest moments in sports.
    edge to Philly

    I think it is all cleared up now…kingabling

  16. JDM

    October 3, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Great analysis Bus Driver, but don’t forget the rest of the ‘pen

    Mets, led by ‘roid man Schoeneweissssssss. vs our untouchables “El Fuego” Romero and “Flash”.

  17. Mike W

    October 3, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    NYC: I would guess Wogies in the west village will be a great spot for the games. I live in NYC now as well, and am trying to decide where to watch Sat night. Leaning towards there.

  18. Greg

    October 3, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Let me take this opportunity to say that if any of you that read this site had the opportunity to actually get tickets and be at the ball park yesterday and had the audacity to LEAVE THE BALLPARK BEFORE THE GAME WAS OVER, I wish nothing but the absolute worst for you in all your future endeavors. For what?!! To beat the TRAFFIC?!! You are the most pathetic scum to disgrace the face of this Earth and I’m ashamed to support the same team as you. If I was at the ball park, I would have thrown D-cells at you.

  19. Greg

    October 3, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    by the way, sucks to lose, but nothing hurt. we’re always gonna lose when 1-4 hitters take the collar. Get back up tomorrow. Kendrick is big time.

  20. Greg

    October 3, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    OH and how about that ump taking the bat out of Howard’s hand in the 9th?!! Ive never seen him so mad.

  21. Sean P.

    October 3, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    and the mets stilll suck

  22. NateB

    October 4, 2007 at 1:53 am

    good point greg. the ump was very inconsistent, never had a clear strike zone, and leaned towards the rockies. oh well, but the phils aren’t out of this thing at all. there’s a new home plate umpire tomorrow and there’s still good karma coming our way. remember the tarp incident in colorado? where the phils were risking their lives to save the ground crew’s lives… the phils will be blessed for saving the day, and the rockies and their cocky attitude will be conquered at last… haha.

  23. nick

    October 7, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Great job Phillies!! Way to Go. Get swept 3 in a row. You guys suck just like your phillies fans. Now you can all use your stupid towels to wipe your ass. HAHAHA. But dont worry, next year you will be in 3rd place where you belong. Bunch of losers.

  24. Carl

    October 7, 2007 at 11:10 am

    You would think that after 120 years the Phillies would have learned to play baseball a little better. They had a good run toward the NLDS, but remember they were playing the old-thinking ‘teams’ of the East made up of free agents wanting to put on a good performance just to boost their fortunes during the next trade.

    If you look at the NL West, they build teams by signing and developing talent in their farm clubs. Corporations try to do the same thing – buy execs from outside, but the ones that develop and promote from within are the real winners, for both us worker bees, and for the company.

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