2009 Recaps

Phillies Stun Dodgers with Walk-off Win

Never doubt this team.  The Phillies were down to their last out, but another clutch hit led to another stunning victory.  The 5-4 win gives the Phillies a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

Ryan Howard continues to sizzle.  He greeted his former teammate Randy Wolf with a 2-run first inning home run.  The Big Piece tied Lou Gehrig for most consecutive postseason games with a run batted in.  Howard’s streak is more impressive because he did it in one year; Gehrig’s was over two years.  After the homer, Wolf settled in and retired 14 straight.

Joe Blanton had a similar streak, retiring the first ten batters he faced. He allowed a walk to Matt Kemp, and then the wheels fell off.  Two RBI singles tied the game in the fourth inning.  An inning later, Kemp homered to give the Dodgers the lead.  Blanton’s struggles questioned why Charlie Manuel did not lift Blanton for Happ.

Blanton’s line was decent: he allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings.  He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out two.  He was dominant until his pitches started to become flat, but it is also notable that the strike zone was consistently small.  But Blanton wasn’t the story.

Besides Howard’s homer, Wolf only gave up one more run (Chase Utley’s RBI single).  The Phillies had plenty of chances to score, but the Dodgers’ bullpen wiggled through jams.  The biggest opportunity came in the eighth inning.  With two on and one out, Howard struck out.  The Big Piece can’t always be the hero.

With two outs, a familiar face appeared on the mound: Jonathan Broxton.  Broxton was able to strand the runners by getting Jayson Werth to fly out.  The ninth inning was a different story — a story that would define this Phillies ball club.  With one out, Matt Stairs was called upon to pinch hit for Pedro Feliz.  With game four of the 2008 NLCS fresh in mind, Broxton did not give in to Stairs. Following Stairs’ walk, Carlos Ruiz was plunked.

Greg Dobbs made the second out on a soft liner.  The crowd that had been silent for most of the evening had all eyes on Jimmy Rollins.  And boy did he deliver.  Rollins smashed Broxton’s 1-1 offering into the right center field gap.  Eithier chased, but Eric Bruntlett scored easily.  Ruiz scored from first, sliding into home safely without a play at the plate.

Rollins was deservedly mobbed by his teammates, but the bullpen deserves some credit too.  The ‘pen threw three scoreless innings.  Brad Lidge earned the win, striking out two batters in 2/3 of an inning.

This game will go down as one of the most unbelievable endings in postseason history.  Jonathan Broxton blew game four of the National League Championship Series, and Cole Hamels will be on the mound for game five.  Sound familiar?  This is what October is all about.



  1. justin

    October 20, 2009 at 1:08 am

    is there any doubt that this team is just as good, if not better then last year? one of the most amazing wins ive ever seen. 1 more game to go w/ cole on the mound. wish i was back in PA to atleast tailgate. Im not the biggest J-Roll fan but i gotta give it to him. in the big time spots jimmy is the man. great win tonight!!!!

  2. Manny

    October 20, 2009 at 1:09 am

    SPEECHLESS… still!

  3. jacob

    October 20, 2009 at 1:12 am

    That game was ridiculous. Love it.

  4. FillyP

    October 20, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Every phan should sharpie that opening line to their HEAD before each and every game –


    I said it earlier. If Blanton could limit the damage to 1 more run (4ER total) – then we would still be WELL within striking distance. We needed to clamp down and look for an opportunity.

    Funny though – the Dodgers bullpen has been the big question mark throughout this series – NOT as much as ours. The media hype would lead you to believe otherwise. Got to love the patience and the guts this team shows, night in and night out.

    One more game and we’re back in the Phall Classic. I can hardly contain myself… GO FIGHTINS!!!!!

  5. NateB

    October 20, 2009 at 1:16 am

    That was so awesome, that was the best Phillies walk-off win I’ve ever seen!!!!

  6. Philly Texan

    October 20, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I’ve gone hoarse from screaming …”run, Chooch, run!”

    That was awesome!. Unbelievable!

    I really have no words for that.

    Two runs in the 9th off maybe the toughest closer in baseball not named Rivera……

    This might be the greatest team in Philly sports history. Giving us moments like this two years in a row.

  7. Greg B

    October 20, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Stairs’ HR last year was so big that it contributed to two giant Game 4 wins over the Dodgers.
    That Rollins 2B (3B?) was the greatest thing I’ve seen since Howard’s in the NLDS.

  8. Rachel Friter

    October 20, 2009 at 1:21 am


    mlb.com reported a dodgers win before it happened

  9. Andrew

    October 20, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I am still tingly all over.
    On teh down side I dont think I can ver say anything negative about Jimmy again.
    If the phils win another game and goto the series not 1 person in the world will pick us. Especially vs the yankees. I like that.
    MLB.com was already congradulating the dodgers on tieing the series even.

  10. marty

    October 20, 2009 at 1:27 am

    i think you were a little tough on Blanton

    did you see that strike zone? i mean it was all over the place….it was brutal

    and some bloop hits, and an error didnt help…
    6 innings, 3 earned runs…quality start…

    i’ll take that all day

  11. SDO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:33 am

    See… there was a reason why the Beard made the roster…. No way Torre was going to let Broxton pitch to Stairs in the 9th… just as I had predicted….

  12. SDO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Joe did alright considering he hadn’t started a game in a couple of weeks

  13. Brian Sr. of CO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Cole may just be out to prove something also. He didnt like how visibly shaken he was and giving up the homer in game 1. He might be out to prove he can beat these guys in Philly. Lets hope!

  14. Andrew

    October 20, 2009 at 1:38 am

    the ump really sucked tongiht. that one inning he just decided to call everything a ball and it hurt Joe.

  15. Alex

    October 20, 2009 at 1:42 am

    You guys see they tried to hurt our secret weapon? Shame on them for beaning Chooch

  16. BlooBlood

    October 20, 2009 at 1:46 am

    No offense to you guys/gals, but I you you get to feel the way this Dodger fan feels right now on Friday night.

    BTW, the ump sucked on both sides tonight. His strike zone was EVERYWHERE (regardless of what PitchTrax says).

    Tonight is why we are baseball fans folks. Good or bad, to have this much emotion invested in something is probably unhealthy (I’m on my 3rd single malt since the game)..and hey, theres still some more baseball to be played. “Ain’t no fat lady been singin yet”.

    Good luck on Wednesday. Don’t expect the Blue to rollover. 🙂

  17. mikeB

    October 20, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I agree with you, Andrew. The home plate ump, Ted Barrett, was as inconsistent as they come. Called two straight similar pitches differently which were thrown both in the same spot. Blew numerous low strike calls for both sides.

  18. keng

    October 20, 2009 at 1:47 am

    yeah!!! – got the one back we owed to martinez!!! – now everythings back to where it was supposed to be!! – my son, a catcher, and real baseball guy, shook me so hard after the HIT yelling “we won… we won… we won…” that he gave himself a bloody lip!!! xo

  19. Brian Sr. of CO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:48 am

    “No offense to you guys/gals, but I you you get to feel the way this Dodger fan feels right now on Friday night.” Uh, would you mean the way we felt in the WORLD SERIES IN 1993? BlooBlood, we know EXACTLY how it feels, and have felt that FAR MORE TIMES than we care to talk about.

  20. Jacob

    October 20, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Nobody cares, BlooBlood. RED OCTOBER!

  21. Andrew

    October 20, 2009 at 1:50 am

    The guys trying to be nice. we are all celebrating and the dodgers have little to no real fans so he comes to us.
    Be nice.

  22. dodger fan

    October 20, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Congrats Brian. I think you should name him Jaime.

  23. Brian Sr. of CO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:57 am

    some are real enough fans to come on here and post after the loss. Good on them for actually showing their faces (in a matter of speaking). This organizations needs this after so many bad years, and blown opportunities, and well just feeling like how the Dodgers felt tonight honestly. Lets put all that behind us and get this one!

  24. Sam

    October 20, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Nate B and the rest of you, don’t forget Chooch’s infield single last year that brought Bruntlett home in game 3 vs Tampa Bay…THAT was a walk-off win (but this one was good too)

  25. poliver

    October 20, 2009 at 2:37 am

    WOW!!! The single best game I have ever been too. Already being called one of the greatest moments in Philly sports history. I was hoping tonights game would be the one to send us to the series again, but I was by no means disappointed with what happened in south philly tonight. This really is the greatest game!

  26. T Marty

    October 20, 2009 at 2:41 am

    You said it.
    “This game will go down as one of the most unbelievable
    endings in postseason history”

  27. Shag beta sigma delta

    October 20, 2009 at 2:50 am

    great game, I was at both now it is a drive back to Vermont tomorrow, I do not care how much shit i get for driving down here for the Phillies, This team is awesome, and to top it all off I got to hug and kiss my wife as Chooch slide across the plate. This makes it so much easier for her to love this team and become a real baseball fan. I have been to 9 games plus three playoff games with my wife and they have won all but one, and that was because we got stuck on the subway and did not see the first inning of the Baltimore game. Jroll is great and I was so glad that he got the game winner so all those on here that bad mouth him all year will now shut up. I love this team one more win and we go back to where we belong the WFS

  28. Jon Broxton

    October 20, 2009 at 2:51 am

    You’re welcome.

  29. george55

    October 20, 2009 at 3:04 am

    outstanding game. i only worry about hamels for game 5, who has been like a sieve in allowing runs (game 1 proof). Hillbilly has to pull him after allowing no more than two run in the early innings. You can’t afford to leave him in for 5 or 6 innings and allow 5 or 6 runs to score.
    Remember you have Happ who is fresh and not really used.
    Hamels just doesn’t have it this year, sorry, but his stuff is off and he can’t adjust to fix it.
    If it were me, I would pitch Happ or split the two to pitch the first 6 i or 7 innings

  30. maxhole

    October 20, 2009 at 3:08 am


  31. HotDogs

    October 20, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Finally home after the game, a cheesesteak at Pat’s, and a two hour ride up the turnpike! WHAT A GAME!!!! Still cannot believe it! It has me thinking about another jaunt to Philly on Wednesday night. I don’t think I can wait until WS Game 5 to see those Phillies play again!
    And congrats to Brian on the new one!

  32. Andrew

    October 20, 2009 at 4:39 am

    I am still in shock. What a game. Its with the stairs homer last year as my 2 all time best sports monets.
    Hamels has again a chance to step up. if we got 3 more good starts out of him I like our chances.
    Just the most remarkable thing. They are the fightin phils for a reason. Did Buck Martinez cry?

  33. Craig

    October 20, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

    What a game. WHAT A GAME!

    Rollins hit that game winning triple about 5am GMT. Damn near woke up the neighbour hood when he did!

  34. Moshe B.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Great end! It seems that each time different guys come through. That’s what happens when a team is winning. Go Phils! 1 more win to 2nd World Series. And I hope that the Angels give the Yankees plenty of grief and maybe come back to ast least force game 7. Spend their starters so that the Phils pitchers are rested in their regular rotation. We ARE the Team to Beat! I

    have been saying all season this quote from the old WIBG dejays of yester-year: Sooo Nice, We Gonna do it TWICE! Go Phillies.

  35. Papa Thompson

    October 20, 2009 at 7:30 am

    In my mind, Jimmy was on the hook for the loss had he not come through with the knock. He clearly had a play on that looping fly ball that fell between he, Shane and Raul, and he backed off because he heard footsteps. If he lays out — or even leans forward — he makes that catch and the Dodgers don’t score their fourth run.

    It seemed to me he was thinking about redemption, too. He scorched groundballs in his next two ABs, then the knock.

    What a great moment.

    SDO, I was thinking about your spot-on “Broxton walks Stairs, Bruntlett pinch runs” prediction even before it played out. Good stuff.

    Charlie upset me in the fifth when he sent Blanton out there to hit with two outs, a man on and trailing by a run. Seemed like a waste of an inning to me, and in spot where we really needed a run. And of course, Blanton gave up a run in the next half (though two of the hits he gave up — including the one J-Roll short-armed — were fisted).

    But none of that matters now. And that’s probably a good thing to keep in mind when Charlie makes his moves … so often things work out in the end.

  36. Gavin

    October 20, 2009 at 7:54 am

    In case you missed it, here was the call in Heaven last night.

    “Phils trail it 5-4, two outs bottom of the ninth. Rollins is 1 for 4 with a single and a run scored on the night. The stretch by Broxton…..swing and a miss on a fastball, no balls and 1 strike to Rollins……………. Eric Bruntlett on 2nd and Carlos Ruiz on 1st……fastball low and away, 1 ball and 1 strike to Rollins………Broxton stretches……the 1-1 pitch……swing and a LINE DRIVE TO RIGHT CENTER FIELD….. ITS GOING ALLLLLLL THE WAY TO THE WALLL!! ONE RUN SCORES! HERE COMES RUIZ!!!!! NO THROW TO THE PLATE!!!!!!! AND THE PHILS WIN IT 5 TO 4 ON A WALK OFF DOUBLE BY J ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT WHITEY?”

  37. Whitey

    October 20, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Hard to believe, Harry.

  38. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Nice post Gavin… can’t say the same for Papa Thompson. Jimmy would have been on the hook… you can’t be serious. The fact that he got close enough to make a play on that ball is unbelievable.

    Big Donkey my ass….

  39. Scotty

    October 20, 2009 at 8:25 am

    After a seriously depressing day yesterday, it’s hard to find words to describe how much the Phils mean to me right now. What a finish, what a team.

    One more, guys.

  40. Matt M

    October 20, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Good to see LA Times blowhard TJ Simers is ripping Philly again.


  41. Mike D.

    October 20, 2009 at 8:39 am

    My God, I’ve seen Eskin less nasty than that, Matt M. What unprofessionalism for a journalist, and insulting the Phanatic! I used to intern for a local suburban newspaper, and I learned that even opinion-based columns have their limits. I’m sorry, but when I was writing I could never have published that sort of thing in print, and people who do are ultimately classless. The dude isn’t even a good writer, either. What a ramble of a column. Someone should show our boys this for Game 5 and really light a fire under them.

  42. Anonymous

    October 20, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Amanda Orr writes with such passion and vigor! I love her posts! Can she please, please, please write every single post-game wrap from here until we win another WS? She’s just so exciting and entertaining.

    Sarcasm aside…phillies are the absolute shit. Go read beerleaguer or jayson stark for fun recaps

  43. Keith

    October 20, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Its amazing how all the broadcasters on TBS rave about is how good the dodgers are at coming back from behind. Little did we know that they were 4th in the Majors behind us. So hopefully being up 3-1 will get rid of the bias of the TBS announcers but thats wishful thinking but oh well.

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Mike D.

    October 20, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Unnecessary, Anonymous. You ever publish anything when you were still in high school? Amanda, keep writing, and don’t be afraid to show your opinion! Your recaps are very journalistic, and that’s a necessary element in sports writing. But sports-writing also requires an infusion of opinion and emotion, of capturing the moment. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Tim Malcolm wrote that the Blanton trade was a bad one. Even the Daily News’s Bill Conlin wrote in June 2005, “trade Ryan Howard to a team who would appreciate him.”

    I do like Jayson Stark, though. Keep meaning to get his book, but I don’t want to jinx the Phils.

  45. cas

    October 20, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I AM ECSTATIC, but still fear losing Game 5. We cannot hit Padilla, and Cole is all over the place these days. Of course, I think we will still win the series, but I want to clinch at home. Plus, I will be traveling this weekend and won’t be able to see the games Friday and Saturday–at least not all the way through.

  46. philsphan

    October 20, 2009 at 9:28 am

    It was strange last night to keep believing even with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Even last year, I would have told myself that it was hopeless.

    In fairness to Lou Gehrig needing two years for his RBI streak, there were no division or league championship series back in his day.

  47. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Thank you, Amanda and Phillies Nation crew … for giving us all an outlet to read-&-write about the Phillies !!!

    Thank God, that Jimmy Rollins was still batting leadoff, which allowed him to come to the plate with the game on the line !!

  48. JoePhil

    October 20, 2009 at 9:33 am

    @Matt M…wow, that article was almost crude. Its a shame he didnt put up a blog for responses…the phils winning out and going to the WS is all the response he needs I guess….what a tool.

  49. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I’m not worried about Game 5 … our boy Vincente gets rattled pretty easily

    and if we need to back to LA .. we’ve got Cliff Lee going Game 6.. and then Pedro/Blanton/Happ for a game 7 against whatever scrub they put out there..

    my confidence couldn’t be higher.. we’re heading back to the World Series!

  50. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I am STILL in shock!!!!! I can STILL hear Franske’s call and it absolutely is giving me chills…..


    Yeah…imagine if Rollins WASN’T hitting leadoff as someone yesterday suggested. But the key to that inning was the Stairs at-bat. Broxton absolutely was spooked by last year. The way he throws and the way Stairs has been this year he really had a very good chance if he just challenged him. What a turn of events!!

  51. Matt M

    October 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

    JoePhil that’s the same idiot who said that the Phils and Rays should have just laid down and let the Red Sox and Dodgers play in the WS because it was the better story. Trust me this is mild for him.

  52. Mike D.

    October 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I fear losing Game 5. I predicted we’d win Game 5. After a gangbusters of a prediction for Game 4, Cole had better not make me look stoopid. I want to be perfect in predictions.

  53. bob

    October 20, 2009 at 9:44 am



    To quote Lou Brown from Major League “I love this sh*t and might move to England!!!!”


    October 20, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Rachel, that is awesome. How did you find the MLB blunder? You do not mess with the baseball gods, they rule all. 🙂

  55. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Even if Padilla doesn’t get rattled and pitches well I have this strange feeling that Cole steps it up big tomorrow. But you absolutely know that the fans are gonna be out to get to Vicente right from the beginning. We’ll just see how good this dude really is.

    I’m still shaking….

  56. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Franske is damn good… what makes him so good is that in all of that emotion, he somehow manages to not miss a thing. He lets you feel his emotion but he doesn’t forget that the listener has to know what’s going on in order to appreciate it. He has made at least two legendary calls this year; last night’s finish and Bruntlett’s game ending triple play. There will never be another HK but Franske is a worthy replacement.

    Re: TJ Simers piece… I guess you have to resort to childish remarks when your team is a bunch of heartless losers. The fact that a Dodgers writer would criticize our fans right now is short sighted… at least our fans show up on time. At least our fans understand the importance of these games. At least our fans are passionate and not fair weather. At least our fans understand that our cheers can affect the outcome of the game (picture Sherrill and Broxton with poop running down their leg… we don’t seem to have that problem in LA).

    Forgotten in all of this is the reemergence of Brad Lidge’s knee-buckling slider. Command issues seem to be gone as he’s spotting his fastballs on the outer part of the plate… a goose egg in the top of the inning was huge. With that, Brad Lidge gets his first postseason win as a member of the Phillies (did have one with Houston in ’04). That brings his postseason blown saves total to… zero.

  57. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Just emailed him…

    “Same tired skits, by the way, they employed a year ago.”

    Almost like the same tired article, you wrote a year ago… hmm weird?

    Spend more time wondering why the Dodgers choke, instead of bashing Philadelphia fans ..

    We arrive early, and stay late .. I know you aren’t used to seeing that at a baseball game since you cover the Dodgers, but that is how it works here in the City of Brotherly Love ..

    Keep up the good work!

  58. CJ

    October 20, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Fantastic win by the Phils!! J Rol…I forgive you for all of the first pitch pop-ups as a lead-off hitter this year. You’ve redeemed yourself quite well! Fantastic win by the Fightins!! Scott Franzke’s call on the radio should go down as one of the all-time best radio calls in Phillies history. It wasn’t Harry but it was darn good!!

  59. Ed R.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Don M. as of right now. Pedro is pitching game 6 and Lee is going game 7 with an extra day’s rest.

    And to everyone, I understand your excitement but please don’t jump the gun and jinx us. This series is not over until the last out has been recorded.

  60. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I can’t see them skipping Cliff Lee in game 6 … World Series doesn’t start until Wednesday, Oct 28th ..

    So he could pitch Game 6 (giving us the best chance to win.. on his regular rest)

    and if we make the World Series he could start Game 1, also on regular rest ..

    Hopefully we dont ever need a Game 6 starter!

  61. Ed R.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Honestly I don’t think that article is that bad. I am surprised that an article for the L.A Times, not some fly by night news paper can be filled with such hateful opinion but so be it. I find it hard to be offended by those with nothing but emotion guiding their fingers. To me, this T.J Simer’s guy has done nothing but add evidence to the thought that L.A is filled with nothing but delusional crazies who think the world revolves around them.

    It would be one thing if this was written for a blog, something that is not intended or expected to be professional. But it wasn’t. This was on the L.A Times. I am surprised that an editor would allow this garbage to be published but it has been.

    If anything, I hope Charlie prints it out, puts it on a bulletin board and says “You see this? These words? Calling out our fans? Win this one for them.”

    And that’s it. Way to go T.J Simers, you just added fuel to what seems to be an ever lasting Flame.

  62. bob

    October 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Foot on throat. Time to bleed them out….

  63. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Ed R… you’re an older fan aren’t you? One of my close friends is an older guy. He’s a die hard Phillies fan and baseball connoisseur (a trivia genius); he has never been able to root for this team like I do. He has seen too many heartaches to ever feel confident about the Phillies. But this isn’t about luck or jinxes… it’s about talent and heart and we have more of both. If you saw Joe Torre’s postgame interview, you would know that this series is over.

    This team has earned my trust… they have that killer instinct and there is NO WAY that they drop three straight in the playoffs. They’re like a shark that smells blood… relentless. I’ve taken my lumps all year for jinxing things… fellas, there’s nothing wrong with confidence. Jinxes don’t exist when you root for a team that leaves it all on the field.

  64. Ed R.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I agree with you completely Don. If this has to get to a game 6, if the Dodgers win game 5 and send us back to L.A then we need to stop the bleeding in game 6 and not let it get any further. Who better than Cliff Lee?

    However I was just reporting what was supposedly said already that it was Martinez and Lee but I am sure that could easily flip flop depending on the situation.

  65. Ed R.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Actually Chuck, I am 25. So, probably not what you meant but older.

    As a former athlete, and I say that lightly as my talents and skills never lead me above the college game, but as an athlete all the same, I am very much a product of superstition and belief that the jinx does infact exist and that it is, if nothing else, a relentless bitch with the worst sense of irony ever.

    That is not to say that I am not confident in a team that has done nothing but show time and time again that they deserve our confidence, appreciate, understanding and undying love 10 fold. But all of that aside, I never call it over until it truly is. Neither would the Phillies.

  66. SDO

    October 20, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Epic picture of Broxton almost reaching the visitor’s dugout before Chooch leaps onto home plate. Check out the look on Ruiz’s face. Priceless.


  67. San Diego Mike

    October 20, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Wore my P cap to the Chargers game last night. Unbelievable how many Phils fans said “Go Phillies” or just gave me the thumbs up..just 100 miles south of LA! Amazin…

    Sad to say, the Qualcomm scoreboard never posted a NLCS score and I couldn’t get i-access inside that crypt. Had to keep walking outside to get updates. Passed the Italian Sausage stand each time and couldn’t resist. Needed a brewski to wash em down of course. My gut hates me this morning but I’m ready for more. Go Phils.

    PS. To the doubter wearing the Utley jersey I talked to in the 7th inning: Get some faith if you’re gonna wear that shirt, baby.

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  69. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Sorry, Ed R. I pegged you wrong.

    I’m not a superstitious guy… I mean, I think that players have to do what makes them comfortable and if they are forced out of that comfort zone it can affect their performance… if Giambi’s pink thong gets ripped while he’s dancing around in the clubhouse, he might not feel so good about his chances to get a base knock… confidence is everything but I hardly understand how the every day fan can go through rigorous routines to avoid jinxing his/her team. I guess if the fan base carries a false sense of confidence, the players could pick up on that and fall into the trap of feeling too comfortable but this team has done nothing to lead me to the conclusion that they would allow that to happen.

  70. Ed 2

    October 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

    In the 7th inning, the announcers stated that the dodgers only need to get 5 more outs because Broxton will take care of the ninth…nice thought.

    Also, Ron Darling sounds like Kieth Hernandez…i feel the same way about both of them.

  71. SDO

    October 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

    By the way that above article about Broxton being spooked by the ghost of Stairs past was pretty well written, except for the sentenced that called our pitcher “Cole Hamelson”. LOL.

    I liked his closing….

    “Citizens Bank Park will be rocking. The Phillies offense will be swinging. And if Broxton gets back into the game, no doubt, Stairs will be somewhere in the darkness, waiting.

    “A day off will be a good thing, to step off of this and take a needed break,” said Orlando Hudson.

    Maybe the Dodgers’ front office will use the time to reflect, again, on the fact that weak starting pitching has strained the bullpen, surely a factor in Broxton’s late weariness.

    But more important, maybe Broxton will use the time to reflect on the most important mental part of his job.

    Closers forget. He could not.”

  72. Ed R.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:45 am

    No apologies needed.

    I am sure that the way I act as a fan has a lot to do with the routines I exercised while playing the game. I can’t help it. I am mortally afraid of the jinx. It’s just who I am.

  73. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

    The article wasn’t that bad until he ripped into the fans…..that was just a loser attempt to sensationalize his writing beyond where it needed to be.


    bob….I love it…I can visualize it…”foot on throat”


    I STILL can’t believe it!! What do you guys think?…..Is last night more epic than last Monday’s thriller in Denver?? I think so.

  74. Ed R.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Chuck I do think last night was more epic for two reasons. 1. It was a walk off, where as in Colorado, we had to pitch through the bottom of the 9th which we did. And lastly, we as fans collectively despise the Dodgers and their fans where as the Rockies…eh, whatever.

  75. Ryan S

    October 20, 2009 at 11:04 am

    What are the chances Phillies Nation can reach out to Tim Malcolm and see if he wants to write a few pieces for the playoffs? His pieces last year this time were magnificent.

  76. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

    “Citizens Bank Park will be rocking. The Phillies offense will be swinging. And if Broxton gets back into the game, no doubt, Stairs will be somewhere in the darkness, waiting.”

    That is a great line.

    How important were the at bats of Victorino and Utley in the 8th? Neither player scored but those at bats really set the tone for the 9th… Broxton had to warm up and face one batter in the 8th before cooling down for a long time in the 9th. He was not nearly as effective in the 9th and that might have been because he was forced to come in for the 8th.

    I would agree that the article wasn’t bad until TJ went bush league with the fan/mascot bashing. Completely unnecessary… and it really didn’t fit in with the rest of the article. It is almost like the fan bashing was an afterthought… he probably wrote most of the article sober and then the stupid part when he was hunched over in an alcohol induced depression.

  77. Jeff

    October 20, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I love how everyone is so fearful of losing game 5. can we just enjoy this one for today. the phillies will NOT lose 3 straight games in a row. they are to good. hamels will go out and get the job done. if we lose, we still have lee going for us. lets just enjoy this one. yes, we should of won game 2 but the dodgers should have won game 4. its even. thats what happens in playoff games. our team will come out very hungry. i think the angels and yankees are going 7 so lets get this over and set up our pitching for the world series. do we all agree??

  78. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Hamels WILL step up in my opinion. He has something to prove….to himself, to the fans and to his teammates.

  79. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Jimmy Rollins became the third player in baseball history to have delivered a walk-off, extra-base hit when their teams were one out away from losing a postseason game… ironically, the other two players were Dodgers (Cookie Lavagetto for Brooklyn in 1947 and Kirk Gibson for LA in 1988).

    That’s pretty cool…

  80. Mazinman

    October 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Don’t worry too much about that LA Times article. The guy is just frustrated after a couple of very tough losses just when they had a win in Game 2 that said that they might have hope this year. We would probably be the same if we were in his shoes.

    As for Game 5, anything can happen but I am confident we will win it. The Stadium will be rocking, the Phils are surging with confidence, the Dodgers are as down as a team can get, and Cole will be looking to be a force this off season. Padilla pitched great in game 2 but can he do the same on short rest, in the cold, and against a very hostile crowd? Nope.

  81. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Great little trivia tidbit Original Chuck P…cool stuff. I can remember that Gibson HR like it was yesterday.

  82. Keith E

    October 20, 2009 at 11:38 am

    @Ed 2; I picked up on that also. They also referred to the Phils as “opposing team” when stating a stat. eg; “opposing teams are hitting .427 with runners in scoring position after the 7th inning in the NLCS.” Why does it hurt them to say the Phillies? There is only one opposing team. Oh well, I guess they’re prepping us for the treatment we will get if they play the Yankees in the WS.
    The Phils will put these guys away on Wednesday.
    GO PHILS!!!

  83. psujoe

    October 20, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Awesome win. This team never says die. It’s truely amazing how they battle.

    That Kirk Gibson HR made me sick. Always liked the A’s since the Rollie FIngers, Reggie Jackson(went to my high school), et al.

  84. christopher

    October 20, 2009 at 11:43 am

    ah my good buddy TJ simmers… i loved last postseason when i got under his skin with my e-mail and he wrote me back calling ME pathetic. what a professional!

    my e-mail 10/16/2008:

    “And so the story of TJ Simmers’ 15 minutes of fame comes to a close in anti-climactic fashion. He never even got the recognition of Mike Wise, the Washington Capitols writer with an equally tabloid level smear piece about Philadelphia fans during the last NHL playoffs. Wise’s article became such a rallying point for the Flyers’ organization that they tried to give out copies to all the fans at the next home game. When the Washington Post wouldn’t grant them permission (for you see, Wise wrote for an actual newspaper that happened to post his articles online as well, instead of just being a glorified blogger), Dave Mustaine, the lead singer of Megadeth made a video for the Flyers saying they could work security for his band anytime they wanted. To understand the full story feel free to read here:


    No, TJ Simmers’ 15 minutes of fame has no grand theatrics. The most recognition he got was a slew of e-mails from Phillies fans putting him in his place, 80% of whom wrote better than he ever could hope to. No, TJ Simmers’ moment in the sun set with a whimper, not a bang. He woke up today realizing that he is a small, tired, middle aged man, with a sad excuse for a life, and a sad excuse for a profession. And he wished, deep down inside, that if only somehow, someway… he was a beat writer for a real team… the Philadelphia Phillies.

    So long TJ, I wish I could say it’s been fun.”

    TJ’s reply, same day:

    “get a life—you sound so pathetic”

  85. Handsome Jack

    October 20, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Just one more! Will the real Cole Hamels please stand up !!!

  86. Anth

    October 20, 2009 at 11:57 am

    My team nickname for the Phils the past two years – “The Goonies”, because Goonies never say die, Goonies never quit and thats what the Phils do! I love this team, I wanna see a Phillies goonies shirt!

  87. Mike D.

    October 20, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I’m still trying to figure out what is going on with Pedro Feliz’ nose? What is going on there? Pimple? Wart? Bigger question is it affecting his hitting?

  88. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

    psujoe – that would make you a Cheltenham Panther.

  89. psujoe

    October 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    That is correct OC. Class of 82.

  90. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I went to Souderton… ’01. I remember walking through the halls before a basketball game (a great gym… intimate but you can tell that at one time it was probably better than most) and seeing a picture of Reggie in a trophy case. It doesn’t get much better than Mr. October.

  91. Richie Allen

    October 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Its amazing this team kept putting guys on base in the last few innings until they finally won it.
    It seems the players never had a doubt that they would eventually win.
    I’ve never seen anything like it!
    Go Phils…

  92. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    It is a lot of fun to root for this team…

  93. psujoe

    October 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I was a huge Reggie fan growing up(before he became a yankee of course, LOL). He was an incredible athlete with a cannon arm in his younger years for Oakland.

    How are Souderton’s teams these days? I don’t hear too much about them. It’s all North Penn sicne CB West split again. You guys always had solid teams back in the 80’s.

  94. Morris Buttermaker

    October 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    While we are praising J-Roll, I will add on with my favorite story about him. My brother is a school teacher at a pretty rouch school in a pretty rough neighborhood. In May of 2007, his class was chosen by the Phillies to attend a game, and go on the field during batting practice and meet a bunch of the players. But there was a bad rain storm in the afternoon, and the game was delayed an hour and batting practice was cancelled. So my brother and the kids are just standing around in a concourse underneath the stadium. And they keep getting the stadium staff’s way, and they are feeling like an unwelcomed guest. And that is when Jimmy Rollins came out to talk to the kids. He talked to them for about 45 minutes. He ran into the locker room to get posters autographed for the kids. He even yelled at them for not having enough school spirit.

    I did not even know Bruntlett was on the playoff roster. Just the other week I was praising Bruntlett as the best pinch runner in the league. It would have been a nice thing for TBS to mention last night, Eric Bruntlett scored the winning runs in Game 3 and 5 of the World Series last year. But once I saw him come into the game, I knew something special was going to happen.

  95. Brian Sr. of CO

    October 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I read that article about the Dodgers, read the first half, and couldnt figure out what everyone was talking about. Talking about the Chokin Dodgers and stuff like that…It was great, THEN the snide classless idiot remarks started. “getting a look in the mirror at fans who might remind them of themselves.” Don’t get me wrong, but at the same time, compared to Dodgers fans, thats a compliment. Dodgers fans are FAR worse then any set of Philadelphia fans in Professional Sports. He also must be blind “these fans as ugly as any in the country.”

  96. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Morris… the Bruntlett supporter is a rare breed. Not sure I’d label him the best of anything but he is serviceable and good things seem to find him.

    A lot of people have said that Reggie was fun to watch in HS. That would have been neat to see.

    Souderton has revamped their athletics over the past 5 years (I’m a volunteer assistant on the basketball team)… unfortunately, I was there during some bad years (early 2000’s weren’t kind to us… had to go through a few basketball and football coaches to find the right men for the job). The football team is solid (second in the conference behind NP right now… both teams undefeated in the conference, set to play each other on Friday but NP a huge favorite) and the basketball team is a perennial top 5 team within the district .

  97. Morris Buttermaker

    October 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I also love the TBS comment last night about how the Dodgers only needed 5 outs, because once Broxton comes into the game, the game is over.

    Another great moment by TBS was when they finally admitted that the Phillies lead the NL in comeback wins. All series they kept talking about how the Dodgers were second in the NL in comeback wins, but never once mentioned that the Phillies were first.

    The Phanatic should do a skit where he fights an LA fan, except the LA fan is late for the game.

    Damn, I can’t wait for tomorrow night.

  98. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Brian Sr… congratulations on the birth of your son!

  99. Brian Sr. of CO

    October 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Two thing in reference to the post by Morris. 1st, J-Roll is a HIGH CLASS guy! Many fans, (me included at times) lose sight of that because of just how outspoken and at time loud and even obnoxious he can be, especially with the “Front-runners” comments, but that does NOT take away from his community service, which he does a TON of! Not to mention, I recall an article about Christmas 2007 as well. He dropped some money for a under priviledged family in South Philly. Something like Meals for a week, bills for the month, ALL the decorations, ALL the gifts for a family of 3 or 4 or something, some of which included TV’s, PS3, some high ticket items. All in all I think it was estimated in the 10-15 K range. True for him, thats chump change, but really he did NOT have to do it, but he did. He gave up his own time, and a significant amount of money (for the normal person) and brightened the holiday season for struggling family!

    2. About Bruntlett pinch running. We REALLY need to remember that. FAR too often this season we have been caught with some really STUPID base-running mistakes, double plays from the outfield things like that. Yesterday if there was a mistake on the basepaths, GAME OVER! Bruntlett and Chooch came up HUGE by not being caught on the basepaths. That situation has happened quite often this season, and far to often that was turned into a double play. Bruntlett might suck over all, but I for one have not questioned his baseball brain. He has heart and a brain for the game, just not a lot of skill. Good on the Beard and Chooch for not getting caught in a DP!

  100. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    That’s exactly why Bruntlett was added….and how about Chooch??? Man, that dude can chug along!!

  101. Keith

    October 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    can’t wait for Wednesday 😀

  102. Morris Buttermaker

    October 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    My Love-Hate relationship with Eric Bruntlett is well known around here. First of all, I bear a striking resemblence to him when I grow a beard. If I could find someone to do it for cheap, I would convert my Thome jersey into a Bruntlett jersey. Last year after Game 5, I was tossed in the air a few times while people chanted “E-Ric Brunt-Lett!”

    During the regular season, I always say that once you see Eric Bruntlett enter the game, no matter what inning it is or what the score is, the game is over. There will be no score changes. I also usually describe his at-bats as the baseball equivalent of a punt. But more than anything, the more you curse him, the better he plays.

    But you have to give the guy respect, he will forever be the answer to a trivia question.

  103. SDO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Charlie should get the credit for knowing how to place his players into the right situation. Stairs + Bruntlett is the elixir against Broxton in the bottom of the 9th.

    He knew this all along before this series started, and that’s why he went for the extra man on the bench.

  104. Paul

    October 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    We are hooked up, everyone! What a team; enjoy the ride!

  105. Brian Sr. of CO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    The Original Chuck P, first, thanks, second, I am also a Bruntlett supporter. True I think he sucks overall, but he has A TON of HEART, and I think he has a brain for the game of baseball. I find most of his “mistakes” or “errors” are because of his skill or lack of, NOT for this lack of brain for the game. I think most of the time, he makes good decisions, he just doesnt always have the skill to back it up. I am a youth soccer coach for I guess what I would describe as bunch of little brutlett’s, LOL. The really dont have a lot of skill, but they play with ALL HEART! To me as a coach, a player like Bruntlett is a necessity to a winning team. I go back to the movie “The Replacements” when Hackman is walking off the field and he asked how they will get back in the final game. He replied, simply with “HEART”. Also I sent a responce to the reporter who wrote that article. Here is what I wrote. ENJOY my PHellow Philadelphia PHan Brothers (and sisters). “You should be proud, that was one of the worst articles I have ever
    read. Objectivity USED to be a necessity in reporting, even in
    opinion based articles. This was just down right bad. You can try
    all you want to bash the Philadelphia fans with “As you know, Fox
    will be broadcasting the World Series and it likes to put the camera
    on the face of every single fan sitting in the stands, these fans as
    ugly as any in the country.” and “But this is considered
    entertainment here, the only bright spot if they draw the Yankees
    now, getting a look in the mirror at fans who might remind them of
    themselves.” I suggest you actually attend a game to see just how
    BAD the Dodgers fans REALLY are. Actually come to think of it, thats
    a compliment to the Phillies fans because Dodgers Fan are FAR worse
    then Yankees fans. Yankees fans usually actually have a level of
    CLASS. So I guess that means Phillies fans have class.”

    Now the regulars on here know me. I have a tendancy sometime to also throw ALOT of emotion into my posts and it sometimes comes off wrong, but I dont write for a major “news”paper. But When it comes to me, you can attack me, I will attack back, but don’t ever bash the following things.

    1. My Family (MAJOR NO-NO, and this includes wife, kids, parents siblings)

    2. My sports teams

    3. My Phellow Phans

    Don’t get me wrong, you bash my family, you probably wont make it out of a fight alive, bash my teams, or fellow phans, No offense to you guys, I wont risk my life, but still watch out, I can and will be VERY NASTY. 😉 LOL

  106. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Eric Bruntlett IS bad ass .. but.. with two outs.. every single player on the roster scores on that hit .

    I’m a big defender of Bruntlett, Bako, and any other scrub on our team because they are ON OUR TEAM .. so I cheer for them.

    but I wouldn’t say his baserunning was anything special last night.. he just happened to be on the right base at the right time

  107. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    No doubt anybody scores from second with that gapper. But….putting Bruntlett in obviously was the right move, strategically, because it WOULD take someone like him to score from FIRST base on that hit. The fact that Ruiz got on base just made his job easier.

    I think the point is well taken though that just the sight of him in there, along with Stairs and Chooch HAD to mentally get to Broxton in some way. Even if he’s completely focused on the batter it’s gotta be in the back of his mind somewhere.

  108. Brian Sr. of CO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    The key to me on that one is he didnt come to far off the bag, and over committ to go to 3rd and get thrown out at 2nd. which has happened far to often to some other plays (Vic comes to mind, even though he is one of my favorites). Actually didnt Chooch do that in Game 3? Not like it mattered in game 3, but it didnt happen last night!

  109. SDO

    October 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Yeah, Chooch got doubled up at 1st base when he over-committed to 2nd.

  110. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Speaking of base running errors… our favorite ex-Phils fantasy stat machine, Bobby Abreu, was caught over running second base yesterday. Luckily, he was bailed out by his team and the Angels proved that they’re not going to lay down.

    Players do stupid things when they have a chance to do something special with the game on the line… gotta stay calm and focused.

  111. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    By the way… I said that I thought that a win yesterday could send a message to the remaining opponents. It sure sounded to me like the MLB Network was buying into the idea that the Phillies could pose a threat to the Yankee “juggernaut.” Despite their penchant for a Yanks/Dodgers series, they were doling out a lot of praise for the Phils…

  112. BrewTownPhilsPhan

    October 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    So last night we were trying to get my kids to go to sleep in the same room for the first time, and I was up and down the stairs all night trying to make it happen, and finally around the seventh or eighth inning I actually got to watch the game seriously.

    It was an incredibly intense game, but two thoughts kept running through my mind. One was, we’re OK even if we loose this, because no way does this team loose two in a row, so we’re bound to win the series. The other was, I can’t quit watching because these guys believe it’s never over, and if they believe it, it becomes true!

    And I was thinking, Wow, it’s not much like being a Phils phan, is it? I mean, I’m used to that sense of impending doom – the dread that no matter how good it looks we’ll find a way to mess it up. It was with me all through the post-season last year. I hardly know how to watch a game with optimism! So it was intense, but the intensity was waiting for IT to happen, because I sort of knew that IT had to happen!

    When Jimmy’s line drive went into the gap, I was jumping up and down and around in circles in the living room, hyperventilating! I had my hand clapped over my mouth because the kids were finally asleep, and if I had screamed my better half would have killed me. I finally fell on the ground and started pounding the floor. No question about it – that was the single greatest moment I’ve witnessed as a sports fan. I’ll never forget the absolute glee of that moment.

    But when I told my wife in the morning, she said, “Oh no! They’re going to make the World Series again, aren’t they! I’m moving out for two weeks!”

  113. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    MlB Network is pretty good. They’re intelligent and not biased towards any team. The highlight show in the morning is great. I love all the cuts they play of the different announcing teams.

    The Yankees ARE beatable. It’s just gonna be challenging. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves….we still have to beat the Dodgers one more time. Let’s just stay in the present.

  114. Philly Mac

    October 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    At Buttermaker – In game 3 the Phanatic fought some clown dressed up as a dodger fan. It was a pretty funny skit

  115. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Yankees need to beat the Angels before they make other plans..

    and we need to win one more against the Dodgers before we worry about either of the AL teams

  116. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    the funniest part about the Phanatic boxing skit was when they said that his Opponent, “Mr. Hollywood” or Mr. LA or something..

    his favorite activities include:
    “Long walks on the beach”
    “and Arriving late to Dodger games, and leaving early”

    the rest of the skit was pretty weak

  117. bob

    October 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Exactly, the Yankees have a series on their hands. Angels aren’t going away.

    We need to beat the Dodgers one more time and they will not lay down for us.

    IF (when?) we clinch the NLCS, we can worry about the AL team. Both are tough with good hitting, pitching, bench, you name it. It would be our biggest challenge for this core to date. We will be the underdogs, but if there is any team that can thrive under that spotlight, its our WFC’s.

  118. A Detectible Met Horror

    October 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    By the way… I watched that Utley play at 2nd where Belliard spiked his knee (and happened to be out on the play as well). The more I watch it, the more I realize how much that must have hurt. It shows the play in slow motion and there is contact between the spike and just above the kneecap on the fatty part. I will be interested to see if this is a problem for Utley because in my (no doubt unprofessional) opinion, he definitely has some type of puncture or horrible bruise on his knee now. Knowing Utley he will never let on to any injuries… he’s just too baller, but I’m certainly going to keep an eye on it.

  119. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    The Yankees have their hands full for sure. The Angels are a GOOD team. They didn’t get to the postseason by dumb luck. And, yeah…the Dodgers are still in our way. Expect them to come out tomorrow expecting to take this thing back to LA.

    Everyone is wondering which Cole Hamels is going to show up. Same question can be asked of Padilla. If he’s anywhere close to as effective as he was on Friday then tomorrow’s game will be tough. We need to slap him around early,give Cole a nice lead and watch the nail being hammered into the coffin…


  120. Brian Sr. of CO

    October 20, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    While I agree that the Angels are not going to lie down, the Yankees have home field advantage, and this year it is a VERY distinct advantage because they play in a wiffle ball stadium that a 12 year old can hit a home run in. Case in point Game 2 at Yankees stadium. ANY other ballpark in the WORLD that A-Roid hit was an out, but since they play in that joke of a stadium that is a home run, and they do extras. The Angels can not put enough runs on the board to beat the Yankees at home. Do I think it is because they are that good? HELL NO! They are a good team, yes, but that absolute JOKE of a ballpark is a disgrace to Major League Baseball. I honestly think that the only team that has a chance to beat the Yankmees at all in New York anymore is the Phillies, and the only reason I think that is the amount of Lefty power we have. We were all flipping out about having too many lefty’s, but really that could be ticket to a repeat.

  121. bob

    October 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Finally how all the “Experts” saying how great the LA pen is and blah, blah, blah have now had it stuck in their face twice in key spots in our 4 games.

    Meanwhile our bullpen has been done the job. Yes Games 1 and 2 were shaky a bit. But the pen held up in Game 1 to get the win.

    They were great last night……and props to Brad Lidge. I think he deserves some praise for his performance last night

  122. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    The play where Utley got spiked.. I can’t believe the umpire missed that

    clearly his foot hit Utley’s knee .. Chase was limping back towards the mound before giving the ball back to the pitcher, and then they showed a bunch of replays.

    It was a GREAT play by Chase.. and I knock him a lot (I love him as a player, but I feel like people give him way too much praise, and give Howard too little) .. but that play last night showed just how hard this guy plays the game and how much he’s willing to sacrifice to win

    He blocked 2nd on a steal better than some catchers would block home with a game on the line.. covered in padding.. Utley is moving on up in my mind

    BUT.. I’m really glad my guy Rollins came through last night!!! good for him!

  123. j reed

    October 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    So i hear that Charlie called Rollins’ walk-off last night to Thome. Are you kidding me…And he pointed to right center….whoa

  124. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    bob…Brad Lidge was AWESOME last night. That was the best I’ve seen him pitch in a long time. Our pen really did the job….and their’s sucked….

    But tomorrow is a whole new game. Either pen can shine…or choke. Hopefully, ours shines again

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  126. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    One of the networks (I forget which one and which analyst) actually thought Chase was “illegally” blocking the bag and that the ump should have called interference and the batter safe on those grounds. Not sure I agree with that statement.

    Either way, it’s a disgrace that the umpire wasn’t in the right position to make the call. What is it with these guys?? How easy would it have been for him to move few feet to his left so that he could see the bag better.??

  127. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    If he was a few feet to his left.. he would have been out of position.

    But being in the correct position doesn’t guarantee you’ll see the play..

    similar to the Moyer-to-Howard play in the World Series last year, Moyer dove for the ball, flipped it to Howard who caught it with his barehand, but the Umpire (who was in the correct position) couldn’t see Howard catch it, because he was sheilded from the play by Howard’s body.

    the umpire last night was watching the play.. watching the ball.. sometimes you call what you think you see.

    People only think the umpires are terrible now because every play has 59 different camera angles. and sometimes even in super-slow-motion-freeze-frame .. you still can’t tell . These guys get one look at the play, at full speed, and have to make a call … and generally do a great job

  128. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    …if he moved a few feet to his left, he would’ve been hit with the throw from Ruiz

    …if he moved a few feet to his left, he would’ve had his eyes moving, instead of him getting set to see the play ..

    My bad Chuck, not trying to knock you.. just saying why its easier said than done. He was in the correct position, and sometimes that position doesn’t give you the best angle on the play .

  129. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Fair point, Don….it just seemed as though he had a hard time seeing the bag, that he was behind the runner too much. But you’re right…Ruiz would have hit him with the throw.

    It was a tough oneand Utley was tremendous in handling it the way he did.

  130. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Is it illegal to block a bag with your leg? I’ll admit that I’m not sure… I kind of thought that it was an unwritten rule.

    Utley does that all the time… it’s a courageous move on his part but it’s also a serious injury risk. He is the ultimate tough guy… he runs hard, dives for balls, loves getting hit by pitches and best of all, he doesn’t say a thing.

  131. The Original Chuck P

    October 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    The umps do a good job… I think that replay could be used more (fair or foul; the Twins got robbed against the Yanks) but I like the human element. I like the fact that baseball is about interpretation. There are unwritten rules that should be upheld. I’ve seen guys not touch the bag on double play balls and in that instance, the player is trying to avoid a nasty collision. Are you going to allow managers to challenge those calls? I think that the only plays which should be challengeable are HR’s, fair or foul calls and force plays (including putouts at first).

  132. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I don’t think it’s illegal. But the point was made that Utley COULD have been called for interference. I forget which analyst said it (TBS, MLB Network??). I personnaly think that he was fine where he was….the runner WAS out….but called safe.

  133. Don M

    October 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    A fielder without the ball must allow for a runner to have a path to the bag.. which Utley did.

    and Utley has as much a right to make a play on the baseball, as the runner has a right to the base.

    that wasn’t interference.. nothing that Utley did prevented the runner from having access to the bag (maybe it wasn’t “easy” access, but the play was fine)

  134. Chuck

    October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Exactly. That’s why I questioned this guy’s argument. It made no sense when I heard it.

  135. HotDogs

    October 20, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Regarding the LA Times article….
    Why pick on the poor Phanatic, he can’t even speak up for himself?

  136. al

    October 20, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    t. j. simers has issues, one is that the dodgers fans don’t know
    baseball. years ago I went to a phillies dodgers game in la, fans
    come in the 3rd inning and leave in the 7th. that should sum it up for you.

  137. Keith

    October 20, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    the Phanatic is thee best mascot by far, for anybody to pick on him is just silly and to be ignored.

  138. Don M

    October 21, 2009 at 10:59 am

    the guy is just a clown.. he makes his living by saying things dumb enough to have people talk about him

    now his name is known across the country.. he couldn’t be happier at that.

    Who the hell cares anymore about the other teams writers, or the announcers, or the experts picking the other teams to win ..

    screw it . .

    we’ve got a great team here.. WE think we’re going to win again. Let’s enjoy the ride, and let the others do what they do

  139. Chuck

    October 21, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Well said, Don…

    I’m sick and tired of the REST of the country acting as if they more about our city and our team than they do. It’s complete horsesh!t.

    Go Phillies!!!

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