2009 Recaps

Phillies Stun Rockies, Clinch NLDS

Take a deep breath Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies clinched the National League Division Series with their 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.  Just when all life was sucked out, the Phillies dramatically rallied in the ninth inning.

Cliff Lee was spectacular.  In 7.1 innings, Lee allowed three runs (1 earned).  He gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out five.  However, his dominant performance diminished when Ryan Madson came into relieve in the eighth.

Shane Victorino started the scoring with a solo shot in the first inning.  Jayson Werth’s home run in the sixth inning made it 2-0.  Troy Tulowitzki cut the lead in half with a RBI double against Lee in the bottom half of the sixth.

Lee started the eighth inning, but was replaced by Ryan Madson after the circus came to town.  Dexter Fowler reached with a walk.  Todd Helton hit a soft grounder to Chase Utley who reached out to tag Fowler, but he went airborne, leaping over Utley.  Utley flipped to Rollins at second, but he missed the catch.  Everybody was safe, and  Madson entered with one out as part of a key double switch.  Ben Francisco entered the game for Raul Ibanez and made a terrific diving catch, robbing Tulowitzski.

With two outs, Madson could see his way out of the inning.  How quickly a stellar performance from Lee and an amazing catch were erased.  Jason Giambi’s RBI single tied the game.

Yorvit Torrealba caused the Phillies a lot of trouble, homering off Cole Hamels earlier in the series.  He struck again, ripping the hearts out of Philadelphia fans all across the country with a two-run, go-ahead double that left him dancing for joy on second base.

It seemed as if the game was over – get ready for game five, they said.  The Phillies stranding the bases loaded twice proved to be too costly.  And why didn’t Charlie Manuel keep Lee in?  Well, let’s not forget the Phillies led the league in come from behind wins in 2009.  Once again, they showed their resilience.

With two outs in the ninth inning and Shane Victorino on second, Chase Utley drew a walk against closer Huston Street.  Then, Ryan Howard clobbered Street’s 2-1 offering over the head of Carlos Gonzalez.  Victorino rounded third, but missed the bag.  As he went back to tag, he saw Utley hot on his heels.  Victorino and Utley scored in sequence, tying the game at four.  Jayson Werth followed with a RBI single, giving the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

It was not Brad Lidge who started the ninth, but Scott Eyre.  Eyre rolled his ankle on Sunday night, but that did not stop the lefty from getting two quick outs.  He allowed two runners, which left it was up to Lidge to seal the deal.  He did as  Tulowitzski chased a nasty slider to end the game.

This game – and this entire series – will go down in the books as one of the greatest match-ups in Phillies franchise history.  The Rockies played the Phillies tough, but luckily the Phillies finished on top.  Los Angeles Dodgers, we’ll meet again on Thursday.



  1. Manny

    October 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Wohoooooo! Great recap Amanda! I read it over and over again, and wow… it still hasn’t settled in!



    October 12, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Absolutely one of the best games and finishes I’ve ever seen.

    I too was revving the car in the garage with the door closed (bad taste?) after Madson blew it. But like the team that I know and love, they came back when everyone but their own fa…when everyone INCLUDING their own fans had written off this game, started planning for game 5 and all that.

    Howard, Werth, Lidge- you guys kick a$$.

    This game will go down in history, people! Truly one for the ages.

  3. S. B.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    That’s why we’re the defending champs! This team has the magic working again. Howard’s double is right up there with the all-time clutch hits in Phils history!!

  4. Mulvi

    October 12, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Well I will be in attendance at Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium. I can’t wait! The Road To Repeat!!!!

  5. Lt.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    WERTH, HOWARD and LEE for series Ashburn Award.

  6. VictorinoPhan 8

    October 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I think that is the greatest game I’ve ever seen! I would have bet the house we would have gone to a Game 5.
    Lights Out Lidge is back! On to LA and kick some butt there now!

  7. Stuart

    October 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I wonder where I little Rockie friend is?

    well anyway great win, great series. I was sitting there silent when the 9th started just hoping that there was some fight left. and man was i happy when that 9th ended. and for the first time in A LONG TIME when lidge came in…I was not worried. I felt confident that he was going to get that out.

    I am feeling good and things are sunny in Philadelphia.

  8. Section118

    October 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    awesome recap. it still hasn’t sunken in all the things that happened today.

  9. Craig the Rockies fan

    October 12, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I’m back under my rock with all this dirt and all these worms now LEAVE ME ALONE!!!

  10. phils_ftw

    October 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Tulo must be pissed. He makes the final out on back to back nights with 2 men on base.

  11. Brooks

    October 12, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Last nights game was a nail biter – I was pacing from the 8th inning on – tonights game was moving – the Rockies were ready for game 5 after the bottom of the 8th – they were slapping and carrying on like they had won the NLDS before they won anything.
    Awesome –

  12. carrots

    October 12, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    chip caray and buck martinez are the announcers for the NLCS this year

  13. phillyjoe

    October 12, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I kept thinking of Harry singing high hopes in the top of the 9th

    Woop there goes another rubber tree plant!!!

  14. keeg

    October 12, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    carrots, thats an epic fail, i was hoping for ron darling, i enjoy that guy, very knowledgeable.

  15. Mazinman

    October 12, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Wow, just wow. This is what makes the Phillies different than any other sports team in the city. When the going gets tough they get tougher. For the second year a row LA comes of a sweep of a team that no-showed in the playoffs to face the real deal. Congrats Phillies now lets go get LA!

  16. Thunder Lips

    October 12, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: You turds on here who spew negativity and claim the Phils will lose the game, the series, their jobs, etc. when something goes wrong, go on the ESPN blog and spew your hatred and turdiness there. I just looked at the posts when the Phils were down in the 8th and they were disgusting. I understand you’re not going to be happy, but some of them were downright ridiculous. Some of you are sickening, cancerous dingle-berries. I applaud the few of you who actually showed some positivity and hope in tough times.

  17. Terri

    October 12, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    This game will go down in history. Crazy. It was always the Philliies that had the bad luck in the 9th. 11 blown saves during the season and the NLDS ends like this. This is special and hopefully a sign of good things to come! Go Phils.

  18. Sean

    October 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Gotta say, great series win by the WFC’s. I’m definitely tipping my cap to the Rockies, though. Scrappy team who counter-punched almost every time. A good test to get us ready for the NLCS.

  19. keng

    October 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    just like last year at the end of the season as the phils were chasing the mets i just couldnt watch all the action – way way too nervous!! – my kids and 5 of there friends were in the basement watching while i was above them in the living room switching channels – i would guage whether or not id switch channels and turn on the game by their squeels of joy or their moans – but then in the bottom of the ninth i just really couldnt even handle hearing them as lidge strolled to the mound – so i took my dog for a walk – but then turned and ran back to the house when i heard some kids in a house down the street scream for joy!! – although i have to admit the thought occurred to me that they might be from colorado!!!

  20. christopher

    October 12, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    agreed Thunder Lips, i don’t post anywhere near as much as i used to because the amount of negativity is ridiculous. i fought the good fight and stayed one of the few consistently positive fans around here last season, but it gets tiring dealing with knuckleheads game after game.

    either way, love watching this team play. one hell of a series.

  21. GWFightinsFan

    October 12, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    This was as tense as they come…but the fightins showed real heart and grittiness when they needed to. Hope they keep it up in the NLCS!

  22. marty

    October 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    1. i’m so glad I won’t have to watch that douche rockies fan pump his fist after every f’n pitch
    2. i will tip my cap to the rockies… they are annoying
    3. where are the ryan howard haters now?? the man is a once in a life time player…and the phillies are lucky to have him
    4. werth is the most underrated player in the game
    5. the phillies have the best top 5 hitters in the game…period.
    6 pedro killed me tonight
    7. clifford is the real deal
    8. brad lidge is lights out…i wasn’t nervous at all
    9. BEAT LA! (again)

  23. Ghjkls

    October 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Still in amazement. Great comeback by the Phils. Now lets go get the dodgers!!!!

  24. Philly Texan

    October 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Unbelievable win!

    I could barely watch the 9th…pacing in front of the TV. Thought they had a chance if they could get Howard to the plate. The Big Man is clutch!!!!!

    (Everyone remember that and lay off him when he strikes out three times next May in Washington.) He’s CLUTCH!

    Props to the Rockies, too. That team showed me something. Jiminez was filthy tonight. And the Gonzalez kid is unreal. Better player right now than Holliday. Great year for Colorado, but the Phils are just too mentally tough.

    Showed the heart of a champion tonight.

    Now, say it and say it loud: Beat LA!

  25. Andrew

    October 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    LOL someone else noticed the guy in second row behind home? In the white shirt with the pom poms?
    Me and my buddys nicknamed him D.B. Cooper. As in Douche bag.

  26. MP

    October 12, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Christopher, I thought I was the only one. I still come here for updates and stuff – but this blog is completely different than it was one year ago – its way, WAY more negative than it needs to be.

  27. marty

    October 12, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Andrew that guy was annoying me so bad…every pitch he pumped his fist ..and then when the ball was clearly low, he’d yell at the ump..
    typical douche band wagon fan

    and another thing…
    some of YOU FANS…need to check yourself… every time the phillies have a set back you hate them and jimmy sucks and shouldnt lead off and madson shouldnt pitch ever again

    he made a GREAT pitch to tulo…. and he made a GREAT pitch to giambi… both guys fought pitches off and barely got wood on them

    his only mistake was to yorvit..

    just relax…or dont be fans

  28. Andrew

    October 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    The old man. I agree hes not a great day of game regular season manager. But no other manager gets 2 saves out of lidge in the NLDS. There is something very special about him handling this group. He isnt a great manager at all. Most of the critisism over the year is correct. But there isnt any other human being I want managing this team now. I like the chances here vs the dodgers. Tongihts game is probably the second best game for me ever behind the dodgers game game last year with the Shane and Stairs homers. Its very close.
    what a game. all hail the old man and Brad. and all the boys fighting with 2 outs and 2 strikes. Even J roll did it in the 9th. We are fighters. You want to beat the champs you should have to beat the champs.
    I like our chances vs Randy wolf in game 1. cole is due to be good.
    what a night.

  29. Pat Gallen

    October 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    MP and Christopher, thanks for sticking with us, even through some of the negativity. It’s not always going to be pretty with some, many just dont know how to handle it …

    I know that when you expect the worst it certainly makes the best pretty good. But as a whole, come on Nation, let’s be positive throughout. This team has shown its capable of great things, so stay positive.

  30. Morris Buttermaker

    October 13, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I don’t know what came over me tonight, but through out the 8th inning when everything went to crap, I still knew the Phillies were going to win. My girlfriend was going nuts, but I just had a feeling.

    But my nerves were a little scared, so I grabbed a beer, out of the fridge,and it was a Magic Hat, and they always have a goofy little hippie message on the cap. and I read it, and it said, “Now is the Golden time.” And then I got nervous when I realized Golden is also a city in Colorado, and it is where Coors is brewed. And even when Shane hit into the fielder’s choice, I still felt like it was just a matter of who would tie it up.

    What a great game. What a great team. I still can not believe they won that game. And the best part is that I get $90 back from the tickets I had for tomorrow’s game.

    Last night, at around 12:45, I was getting tired, and had to go to bed. I was falling alseep. And I realized that with my schedule,I would not get to see most of today’s game, and if they lost, it could be the last game of the year I got to see. I laid in bed and listened to it on the radio, and fell asleep when Rollins got on first. I woke up about 30 minutes later to the sound of Larry Andersen screaming like a madman. I can’t wait for the Dodgers, can’t wait to ruin their season again.

  31. Andrew

    October 13, 2009 at 12:04 am

    How can you not be positive? A world series and now this.
    Does being frustrated with Hamels count as being negative? lol
    no matter what this team and all the players are special in my heart forever. no matter what happens in the future. Especially Lidge and the old man.
    I love the chances vs the dodgers. I even like them hosting games 1 2 6 and 7.
    It really doesnt get any better than these last 2 years. What a pleasure. I have gotten the baseball package the last 2 years and have seen every game. It really is the most magical ride.

  32. marty

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Cole has welcomed his son…so he won’t have that on his mind thursday

    lets go boys..

    LETS GO!

  33. Morris Buttermaker

    October 13, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Cole Hamels pitching in LA in the first game of the NLCS on national TV. If that does not stroke his ego, nothing well. I am expecting the best from him.

    I just realized what made me think the Phillies were going to win. It was the way Torrealba was celebrating at 2nd after his big hit in the 8th. I knew the Phillies weren’t going to tolerate it. And Werth did a similar move when he got his hit in the 9th.

  34. Andrew

    October 13, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I was thinking I saw a tear in Torrelas eye after they lost in the dugout. Well I was hoping but he looked dejected.
    I like colorados team and that pitcher that we beat 2 times in this series. Jimenez is amazing. I wish him the best. I mean we beat him both of his starts I know he didnt take the loss personaly.

  35. Sean

    October 13, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I think the one of the most important side effects of winning tonight was that it lets Cole pitch in Game 1. Chavez Ravine has been the location of some of his most inspired performances, and I have every expectation that Hamels will live up to his Game 1 pedigree.

    As each of these postseason games go by, I just get happier and happier watching this team play baseball. It’s a real joy. They make make you wanna hit the bottle every now and then, but even at their most maddening, they still have that special feeling about them. Win, lose, or draw, this has been a fun past few seasons of baseball to watch. I can’t wait till the curtain comes up on the latest chapter against Joe Torre, Randy Wolf, and Captain Steroid.

    It’s been better than almost every movie I’ve seen this year. Phils. Dodgers. Rematch. I love the smell of October.

  36. Harry Kalas

    October 13, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I live downtown and the reaction I got when I went to the store wearing my Phillies jacket/cap after the game was unbelievable…. Everyone’s high fiving each other…. Cute girls screaming at the top of their lungs “Let’s Go Phillies!” it is truly amazing…. The greatest game this post season so far. Yes, better than Game 3 of Redsox/Angels series…

    That game was pretty much a snooze fest until the 8th/9th inngs… This one had action pretty much the the whole game. This may turn out to be the “Greatest MLB post season game in the modern era “that no one ever saw.” That’s exactly what you get MLB/TBS….. Eat sh*t….

  37. A Detectible Met Horror

    October 13, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Game of the SEASON (so far). I welcome the Dodgers for another chance… it’ll make our second straight LCS win that much sweeter, not to mention we can finally return the favor of getting beat by LA in ’77 and ’78 and take the lead in our LCS all-time matchup… History in the making Nation.

  38. Harry Kalas

    October 13, 2009 at 12:34 am

    The only question now is: Will Mr. Ryan Howard finally get his due? A-Rod was worshiped for his heroics by everyone… If Big Papi did what Howard did tonite he would get his own segment….. I hope Howard does because he is long over do….

  39. Andrew

    October 13, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Regardless of the Angles or Yankees they will garner more respect than beating the rays.
    I want the Yankees though. Not looking forward though lol

  40. Paul

    October 13, 2009 at 12:38 am

    What a great series. The Rockies are an excellent team, and I think they’ll be a force to be reckoned with for a while.

    But, it’s all about the Phils, what a great 9th! Now bring on the Dodgers!!!

  41. j reed

    October 13, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Irony: the most exciting play-off series so far and it gets thrown under the tv ratings bus…the one closer who crapped the bed all year comes thru in the play-offs! Joe Nathan hershey squirts, Papelbon has an enema, Ryan Franklin couldn’t get enough toilet paper, Houston Street (i don’t speak ill of a recently defeated foe)…I guess that leaves the Ice Man. Fuentes and Broxton. Broxton… still smell the fear from last year.

  42. j reed

    October 13, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Baseball Tonight still favors the Dodgers….fine by me…we seem to rise to the occasion when we have somthing prove. Definition of scrappy: the more your told you can’t, the greater the resolve….

  43. Keith

    October 13, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Phillies! 😀

    I remember this from last year: http://icecream4chooch.com/

  44. j reed

    October 13, 2009 at 1:11 am

    keith – that was so weird….i could’nt stop laughing

  45. jt

    October 13, 2009 at 1:13 am


  46. matt p

    October 13, 2009 at 1:27 am

    my dad and I couldnt stand listening to the tbs announcers blow the rockies anymore and I just couldnt stand to hear their lame ass fans, so we sat there in silence, until howard hit the most clutch double of my life.

  47. Harry Kalas

    October 13, 2009 at 1:33 am

    jreed… great post dude….. Doesn’t this team make you feel like your 5 years old all over again? The age when Santa Clause was real, when the Easter Bunny wowed you, when the Tooth Fairy brought you cash money and you had not a worry in the world (unless you were Jacko or the Olson twins). Or the present day, when Lidge said he was confident that we would see the ’08 Lidge again this October….

    I’m so much in shock right now that I’m scared to watch the hight lights because I feel that the baseball God’s might reverse the results….

    -Not only did we win the series, but we closed it out on the road…. You know the Dodgers were watching tonite…. This win had to induce a clear reminder that the Phils aren’t intimidated by road games… They thrive on them….

  48. jt

    October 13, 2009 at 1:33 am

    them tbs announcers were rockies biased…i hope they aren’t doing the NLCS…i think it’ll be the guys that did the twins and yankees series.

  49. Harry Kalas

    October 13, 2009 at 1:43 am

    TBS’s production of these playoffs is God awful… They never show the right angles on replays. During live action they don’t follow the ball very well at all….. Tim McC is annoying, but that’s better than this…..

  50. george

    October 13, 2009 at 3:13 am

    nice they finally wrapped it up.

  51. maxhole

    October 13, 2009 at 6:38 am

    the announcers had a few words of praise for the phils thru this series. but sports media in general have had A-roid’s name and LA highlights on repeat since the playoffs started. espn radio makes a commerical talking down local talk radio for their lame catch phrases and their inability to discuss sports outside their franchise player. sorry espn, when i want to see WFC updates, the last place i look to is espn. screw tv commentators. use 1210 during the game and 610 for all the playoff talk you need. go big daddy graham, and yes, even angelo cataldi. these guys keep the wee hours of the morning going. go phila!

  52. Michael

    October 13, 2009 at 7:05 am

    did anybody else find Dinger the Dinosaur (rockies mascot) annoying

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  54. Ed R.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Wait wait wait…Santa isn’t real?


  55. Ed R.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Ladies and Gentlemen your Philadelphia Phillies:

    said Jimmy Rollins. “We will never give up. We never think the game is over. It’s a team of stars, but not as in I’m better than you and will take your place. It’s as in, if you do your job, I’ll do my job. We put it all together, we do it together. It’s not about me and it’s not about them. That’s the good thing—egos are put aside. There are no egos in the way of what we do and we all understand that. That’s a testament to drafting and the guys coming up together. We don’t go out and get a whole bunch of superstars and drop them in and say, ‘Here, go do it.’ We actually like each other. We know each other so I think that’s what goes on in the clubhouse.”

  56. Keith E

    October 13, 2009 at 7:37 am

    GO PHILS!!!

  57. Amazinsux

    October 13, 2009 at 7:56 am

    In the span of 10 minutes the lame crew of TBS post game guys had these observations: Anchor Ernie Johnson called Charlie “Jerry Manuel”, Dennis Eckersley called the Rockies manager “Dick Tracy” and Cal Ripken called Twins closer Joe Nathan “Joe Namath”. How does TBS get MLB coverage? It has to be the Bud Factor! Unreal.



    October 13, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Well we’re waiting we’ll make it short so the pain doesn’t last too long for ya……Dodger Stadium is already selling the BROOMS…..hope you don’t complain about the sun out here we all heard the bad call by mother nature …which most of you who could spell blamed it on the MLB committee. The nation wants a Yankees – Dodger World Series….and we plan on holding up our side of the deal…well gotta go I’m part of the ground crew out here…wait till you see the Stadium…its a great place to lose at you’ll see.

  59. Jeff of Nova

    October 13, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Well, I think many of the Bloggers here need to learn a lesson from this team. They are truely the PHIGHTEN PHILS. They never give up and are always pressing when it counts.

    Last night I came on here and was reading the blog and there were so many doubters. I myself thought they could do it, but was thinking that it was most likely not going to happen, but I wasn’t throwing every Phillie that has been part of the team effort under the bus!

    All those who were posting idiots last night should be ashamed to call yourself Phillies supporters!

    I have been a Phan since birth and there have been many tough years and times, but this is the best I have seen this franchise since the late 70’s

    Go Phillies

  60. Phil

    October 13, 2009 at 8:21 am


  61. Papa Thompson

    October 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

    The extra off day is huge. I really worried about such an emotional series going five games, and the Phillies being forced to shelve both Lee and Hamels until games 3 and 4 of the NLCS (against a rested Dodger team). We could have gotten into a pretty bad situation with our pitching if this thing went to a Game 5. Now, Hamels is lined up to start Game 1, our bullpen will get a break and everybody can just sort of take a breath and get ready for LA.

    Howard was huge all series long. And in response to a Feliz comment above, I have to give his D props. He made some difficult plays look routine. Not everybody can pick that sinking liner up and double off Tulo to kill that rally of theirs. I felt kind of uneasy about them taking him out.

  62. christopher

    October 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    “That’s a testament to drafting and the guys coming up together. We don’t go out and get a whole bunch of superstars and drop them in and say, ‘Here, go do it.’ We actually like each other.”

    haha that’s amazing. very well said by jroll.

    one thing that i hope doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of ryan & werth’s clutch hits, and the roller coaster 9th inning between eyre and lidge, was ben francisco’s game saving catch. although it didn’t prevent the rockies from taking the lead that inning, it certainly kept the phils where they needed to be to win it in the end. that was one of the biggest plays of the season.

  63. Ed R.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:09 am

    You are right Roger Dodger, your stadium is a great place to lose. You would know first hand wouldn’t you as the Phils were the ones celebrating all over your infield last year.

  64. Manny

    October 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Not only that christopher, but it seriously made Charlie Manuel look like a genius… taking Ibanez out and putting Francisco, then IMMEDIATELY the first ball in play is the diving catch.. wow.

  65. Jack

    October 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I honestly do not think I can follow a game through the comments left on this site any more. Once the Phils lost the lead (not hope) just about every single person that writes on this site bad mouthed people on this team. Most of you totally disregarded that there was a game going on and talked about game 5 like babies. Complete baby shit. Excluding Tracey, i dont recall any one having any kind of hope or “Phaith”. I see what kind of people most are when their backs are against the walls. I will just read the good posts, but never again read entries during a game.

  66. beta sigma shag

    October 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I had tickets to game five, I live in Vermont, and had to work Wednesday by 11am, I never packed but I would have made the 6.5 hour commute one way for this team. I had faith they would come back and not make me make that drive today. Howard was clutch, and Jayson can look so bad one swing and drop a key hit on the next. Both had a good series, even Chase looks like he has his stroke back, and two days off will do them all good.
    Will be down in Philly for games 3 and 4, so I would love a Phillies sweep, but not planning on it.
    On another note what chance Pedro will pitch game two in LA it would be warm, and near Hollywood big lights big stage something Pedro loves

  67. Greg B

    October 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

    TBS is 40, 000 times better than Fox. They make a point and leave it, maybe revisiting if it presents itself again. McCarver says something that he thinks is relevant in the 2nd and then harps on it for the remainder of the game even though it is generally not of the slightest importance.
    Maybe the WS win made you all forget the incredulous Manny-love fest that was the NLCS last year. They spent more time in the bottom of the 8th telling us that Manny was due up in 4 spots, than they did acknowledging our two monumental 2R HRs to tie and take the lead.

  68. Stuart

    October 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I hate that we all get such bad cred from everyone saying we are terrible fans. I just read at leat 5-10 post congratulating the rockies, saying what a great team they are, what a great pitcher Jimenez is and its all true. they are a good team.

    But then I am always reading Rockies fans, Yankees fans, and Dodger fans coming on here talking smack. Do you seriously have nothing better to do? Do all of your fans really hate you so much for knowing nothing about baseball that they told you to leave and you come here? Why dont they get bad credit for being bad fans. Dodger, and Rockie fans are huge band wagoners. Yankees fans, I will say they have a lot of good ones. The only thing I hate about the Yankees fans is that a lot f them just have the hats because its teh trend, an d then when the yankees are good, they become die hard fans.

    Roger Dodger, I know your own fans hate you so you left them. But we hate you. Get a life. go post somewhere else. Dont be so pathetic that you have to come to the other teams blog to feel good about yourself. And the best part is, when we beat the dodgers down and win it and go to the series, you wont even come back to say good series. Youll probably be at the store buying a yankees hat.

    that is all.

  69. Chuck

    October 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Jack….that’s why I can’t participate in Gameday any more. There is WAY too much negativity. It IS “complete baby shit.” People need to realize that there is ALWAYS a chance, ALWAYS hope…..and that if we had lost there was always tonight. And if Some of the posts I read were downright digusting. Those people should be absolutely ashamed of themselves and consider growing up. Put it inot perspective people….This is baseball gam. It’s not World War 3 or a matter of national security. IT’S A GAME.

    I will admit that I was pretty pissed at Madson. Pissed at Pedro for SWINGING AT THE FIRST PITCH the inning before with the bases loaded and one out, pissed at other stuff. It’s ok to be frustrated at times throughout the game. But as upset as I was in the 8th, I stayed with it and hoped and prayed. This time it worked out.

    Great win by these guys. Real heart and soul. Win or lose to LA, THIS was an incredible chapter in Phillies history and will make THIS season a success. Seriously. Think about it. It is so hard to repeat in any sport. The fact that the Phillies won the division 3 years in a row in amazing in itself. Add to it a WFC and now this series win…..WOW!! I am SOOOO proud to be a fan of this team.

  70. Ed R.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Just a question…if Romero and Park are healthy then who comes off the roster? Bastardo and Myers? Bastardo and Pedro? Bastardo and Kendrick?

  71. Chuck

    October 13, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Stuart…I don’t have a problem with Yankee fans, per se. Nor Red Sox fans, Cubs fans or any fans that are TRUE fans of their team. Most ess part of it is Yankee fans are very knowledgeable and passionate to the core. That’s OK. Ans they DO have 26 titles to back them up. Bandwagon jumpers are hard to take, but you’re always going to have that when youface teams like the Rays and Rockies. I guess part of it is the fact that compared to the Yankees, Phillies and RedSox, the Rockies and Rays don’t have the rich history behind them. It’s sort of understandable in a way.

  72. Stuart

    October 13, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Yeah Chuck. I think one reason I really dont like yankees fans is that I live in NY and get shit from them all the time for being a Phillies fans. There are soooo many kids that I went to school with that were never Yankees fans and now this year I get a text every phillies loss talking how the Yanks will win it and the Phillies will not. I would love LOVE to beat the yanks in the WS.

  73. Scotty

    October 13, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Any truth to the rumor that Ryan Howard called his hit? I heard he said, “Just get me up there guys and I’ll do it”. Legendary stuff, if true.

    High hopes, indeed.

  74. Terry

    October 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I was considering taking a trip to see the Phils in LA. Anyone have any ideas as to where the team is staying?

  75. Ed R.

    October 13, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Yes Scott, that is what Howard said, and Cliff Lee was the one to first tell the media that, so I would imagine that would mean that Howard did indeed “call his hit”.

  76. Andrew

    October 13, 2009 at 10:44 am

    How do you get from Colorado to LA? Take Huston Street.


    October 13, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Brad Lidge is our closer. Andrew that is great, i’m going to use that all week, with a footnote of course.

  78. Big Daddy

    October 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

    One of the greatest wins in Phils history. How fantastic was Francisco’s catch and Eyre coming back to pitch and of course the great hitting in the 9th.

    Terry, Phils usually stay in the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, CA

  79. Ed R.

    October 13, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Someone was listening to 610 this morning…

  80. christopher

    October 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

    according to lee, howard’s exact words were “Bring me to the plate boys.”

    stuff of legend.

  81. Scotty

    October 13, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Cheers, Ed R. and christopher. Gives me chills.

    Funny as hell, Andrew. /thumb up

  82. bob

    October 13, 2009 at 11:15 am

    That was one of the lowest lows and highest highs, all in a span of about 20 mins. Just thrilling.

    Credit to the Rockies, knew they were tough but they exceeded my expectations in this series. I thought Phils in 4 but never saw the last 2 games coming. What a classic series.

    On to the NLCS!!! My quick breakdown goes:

    Starting pitchers: advantage Phillies
    Bullpen: advantage Dodgers
    Starting 8: Advantage Phillies
    Bench: Advantage Dodgers
    Managing: Even (before last season that would have been laughed at).

    Close series, close games kind of like last season. Our bullpen stepped it up in a HUGE way against the Rockies and showed that they can get it done. The offense is clicking, the starters will be fine.

    Phillies in 5, with a couple nailbiters in there.
    ALCS: Yankees in 7.

  83. Georgie

    October 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

    This is a VERY special group of players, a true team, and they deserve alot more respect then most of the gameday posters give them. I swear some of those people (I won’t call them fans) are under 10 years of age, whining and crying everytime something goes wrong. Like some others, I don’t follow it anymore, just check in to see how badly they’re bashing the WFC, which ticks me off, so I usually read it the next day.

    When they fell behind last night, I started doing laundry, just couldn’t sit there and watch, checked gameday, got even more upset, but I NEVER gave up on them. One thing all fans of this team should know by now is….You NEVER, EVER write these guys off, many have made that mistake and are now playing golf while the WFC are heading to the NLCS.

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!

  84. Morris Buttermaker

    October 13, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I love how whatever was on ESPN last night is the top story on Sportscenter. Yea, the Dolphins-Jets game really deserves 15 minutes of breakdown and anaylsis.

    I am almost nervous about how confident I am about facing the Dodgers. I expect Cole to win game 1 for us on Thursday. And think the Phillies win will in 5 or 6. I am hoping for 5, because I have tickets for game 5.

    I just heard something on ESPN that really boosted my confidence, the baseball anaylst just said, “The Dodgers have their rotation set with Randy Wolf pitching game 1.” That has to make you feel good.


    The new motto for the Phillies “We make little kids cry.”

  85. Chuck

    October 13, 2009 at 11:27 am

    “Bring me to the plate, boys.”

    It’s the word “boys” that makes this quote special and stuff of legend.
    I get chills just typing it….

  86. Chuck

    October 13, 2009 at 11:29 am

    ESPN sucks.

  87. Chuck

    October 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Georgie…as frustrated and pissed as I was last night I never left the TV (actually TV and radio with the TBS guys muted and our guys blaring in the living room!!). Sure I was angry. But I never gave up. These Gameday posters are babies for sure. You know who you are….GROW UP!!

    It’s like when I go to a game. I NEVER leave until the game is over. So what if I have to sit in traffic 10 minutes longer than the people who left an inning earlier. Sometimes staying pays off. Plus…I figure I spent good money for my seats. I sure as hell am going to get my money’s worth…

  88. Georgie

    October 13, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I have csnphilly on, and they’re encoring the postgame show. Clifton just said twice that Ryan came down to the end of the bench and said the soon to go down in Phillies’ history, famous quote, “Just get me to the plate, boys”. Awesome….

  89. Manny

    October 13, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I was going nuts yesterday in the Gameday thread, but I stayed glued to my TV after the 8th… Depressed, yes (and furious at Pedro Feliz), but never lost that little bit of hope. One of the best games I’ve ever seen.


    October 13, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Amanda, great recap. One working issue for me though.

    You wrote – The Rockies played the Phillies tough, but luckily the Phillies finished on top.

    No luck involved in my opinion.

    I would edit this to say – The Rockies played the Phillies tough, but thankfully the Phillies finished on top.


    October 13, 2009 at 11:51 am

    The Dodger fans have to be some of the least passionate in baseball. During the regular season many of them don’t show up until the 3rd or 4th inning and many of them leave after the 7th.

    If you look carefully at the replay of Kirk Gibson’s dramatic WS HR against Dennis Eckersley, you can see the cars in the parking lot leaving, one of them flashes it’s brake lights! Who’d leave early on the Phillies if they were down in the WS?

    I’d also bet a dollar to a donut there’s no Wolf pack or Padilla’s Flotilla in Dodger Stadium. Facing these former Philly fan favorites adds an interesting dimension to this series.

  92. Morris Buttermaker

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm

  93. Chuck

    October 13, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Manny….WTF with Pedro Feliz??? C’mon…if you’re gonna swing at the first pitch AT LEAST MAKE SURE IT IS A STRIKE!!!

    Dodger fans are lame. Their idea of making noise is chanting “Let’s Go Dodgers” and clapping in sync with that stupid organ.

  94. joedad

    October 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    The 9th inning was like the end of The Matrix when Neo realizes he is The One and he solved the matrix. The enemy came after him but Neo was defending hisself with little to no effort. If the Phils take patient at bats like that the rest of the way, they won’t lose many games. Let’s hope they realize the are The ONES

  95. The Original Chuck P

    October 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Like the end of the Matrix… really? I have to point out that that is a really nerdy comment, top to bottom.

    It’s awesome to read about people that were feeling/acting exactly how I was feeling/acting… I went from relaxing in my chair, to nervous pacing, to a silent disbelief, to standing in front of the TV with my arms crossed, to jumping and hitting my head on the ceiling, back to nervous pacing to joyous fist pumping… ultimate lows and ultimate highs… all in a matter of 15 minutes.

    I just can’t get over this epic series… truly something special. Last night provided a fitting end to this series and I think that this team is destined to repeat. As a whole, this team is hitting on all cylinders and games/series like that one build character and confidence. Last year, we won the World Series despite our guys not performing up to their abilities. Now that they’ve been there, I think that they really look comfortable in the spotlight. You have to feel good about Cole Hamels pitching in LA in game one… west coast (hometown), big stage, good match up and game one is the one that can ultimately send the biggest message to the national media AND to the LA Dodgers; we are STILL the team to beat and a focused Cole Hamels is still as good as any other pitcher in the game in October.

  96. Chuck

    October 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Great post Original Chuck P…..it’s amazing that so much happened last night in a 15 minute period. I experienced ALL those same emotions. My wife thought I was nuts but yet she was sitting on the couch expressing all kinds of emotions herself!! (although not quite as emphatically as me).

    When you think about it, in the space of almost 24 hrs, SOOOO much happened between those two games. Great pitching, clutch hitting, great defense,extreme weather conditions, mistakes, frustration, the list goes on. Even the most casual of baseball fans would have a hard time not getting caught up in it.

    I slept like a baby last night (after all the emotional ups and downs….and….only getting 3 hrs the night before). I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s kind of nice NOT having to watch a game for a few nights. The break is welcome, but I’m gonna be fired up by Thursday for sure.

    BEAT L.A. BEAT L.A. BEAT L.A.!!!!!

  97. joedad

    October 13, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    And Eyre was like the scene in the Matrix when Neo was shot and we all thought he was dead but he came back stonger than ever.

    I’ll think of a cool kid movie for you Chuck P so you can relate. How about Teen Wolf?

  98. j reed

    October 13, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    joedad – your a nerd? i am offended….i’m way nerdier than you.

  99. The Original Chuck P

    October 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I also fell asleep pretty easily last night… I actually had a tough time falling asleep after the prior night’s game (I was all caught up in the anxiety and my heart was beating like a drum).

    It was neat to read about everyone’s game reactions…

    Teen Wolf – I’m picturing Thursday night when we make a horror movie out of Randy.

    Actually, a “cool kid” movie would be Gladiator. My favorite flick of all time is Shawshank Redemption… run with that.

    My $0.02.

  100. joedad

    October 13, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    So you like movies about Gladiators? Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

  101. The Original Chuck P

    October 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    No, but I’ve smuggled hashish plenty of times.

  102. cas

    October 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Don’t be so harsh towards us old-time Phillies fans who get negative. We’ve been burned so many times by seemingly impossible twists of fate that we have learned to squelch our hopefulness to avoid yet another hurt. Even though we sometimes stop believing, we never stop hoping. and we never stop cheering for our guys on a longer than short term basis. We just need to protect ourselves.

  103. F Torres

    October 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Rocktober my ass, rockies, gave a good fight, last night they found out why we are the defending world champs. Now its time to take over Hollywood………AGAIN

  104. bob

    October 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    There is a difference between being critical within reason (some of Rollins AB’s, Feliz’s AB’s, Hamels and Lidge’s stuggles this season) and being ridiculously negative and sounding stupid.

    Nothing wrong with 2nd guessing, thats part of being a fan.

    But to “hope Lidge falls off a cliff” (yes I read that on one of the blogs, not necessarliy this one) is a bit extreme. Or everytime Howard strikes out we should trade the bum. Fire Charlie, Or if we lose 1 game in a best of 5 that the season is over. That’s the ridculous stuff that good posters are subject to everytime one thing goes wrong.

  105. Brian of CO

    October 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I agree with Stuart, where is the Rockies fan who GUARANTEED the Rockies would win in 4 games with his LIFE? As for the comment from GREENINIL, as much as I dont like the Dodgers, the Rockies have BY FAR the most apathetic, bandwagon, front running, ZERO PASSION fans in the country, no question. I live in Colorado (not be choice) and no matter WHERE in Colorado you go, whether Denver, Colorado Springs, Auroro, Longmont, anywhere, Rockies fans can NOT be found ANYWHERE, UNTIL they actually make the playoffs. If they dont make the playoffs, they dont exist. All of a sudden, they make the playoffs, and Rockies fans crawl out of the wood work, TRYING to talk baseball, but notice TRY. They just dont know the game, or the rules. As much as I dont like Chris Wheeler, he isnt the worst either. You should listen to the Rockies radio announcers. HORRIBLE. I am VERY glad since I live in Colorado that we beat the Rockies. I almost went to the game last night, and DAMN do I regret not being able to go now! Oh and Thunder Lips, get off you freakin soap box, your rants on here are just as annoying and “ridiculous”.

  106. Thunder Lips

    October 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Brian of CO- you sir, are just bitter that I called out your hypocritical ass. Remember when the Phils lost the first game to the Astros in the last week of the season? You were the first one predicting a Phillies downfall to the Braves (even when the Phillies were 97% favorites to make the playoffs) and then when the Phils clinch a playoff spot, you are on here cheering them on and showing your support. You are a bandwagon fan. You want to stomp on the Phils when things aren’t going their way and make yourself look like a know-it all by trying to predict a hugely Debbie-Downer scenario.

    When your far-fetched predictions don’t happen, you turn into an opportunist by going along with the crowd in your “love” of the Phillies. You, like many others on here, are super irritating with your pessimistic, blasphemous comments at times and you deserve to be called out and be deemed an asshole. We all say things on here about the Phils based on pure emotion, but your constant negative rhetoric was more than emotion- it was a state of mind you believed and tried having others jump on your bandwagon. How many games will the Phils lose in this series, Bri Bri?

  107. Brian of CO

    October 13, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Thunder Lips, Bandwagon…Really? Bandwagon? Uh just so you know, Band wagon fans dont support a team when they are losing, or playing like crap. again, you are on a soap box. Go find a podium and an audience that actually cares about what you say. Because face it, by coming on here and “calling people out” it makes you the idiotic ass hole. And a dumbass to boot. There have been quite a few times this season BEFORE the All Star break when you were calling things lost (IDIOT) at least it took me until they were playing like COMPLETE UTTER CRAP to wonder if they will make it. So really, take baseball and stop being an ass hole and calling people out. See unlike you, I can actually show up here and say I was wrong. See I know you dont post here all the time (no where near as often as some of us, me included) but I can in fact show up here win or lose, and be pissed or happy. If you actually know what a “bandwagon fan” is, you would know I am not one, but I guess you are too much of an ass hole and idiot. A Bandwagon ONLY supports a team when they are winning. A Bandwagon fan does not watch games when they lose, or are losing, or playing like complete crap. Face it, there was plenty of reason for skepticism later in the season, with how HORRIBLE the team was playing, and yet, like a TRUE fan I was on here. Uh, I didnt see you posting very often when they were losing, mostly know that they are winning. Hmm, are you a badnwagon? All I know is that are are one of the most “irritating” people to post on here. You cant just come on here and talk about your opinion about the team, and how they are playing, you are too busing on your soap box, and bashing everyone who doesnt agree with your opinions. And “constant negative rhetoric”? LOL. Thats funny. I became “negative” when the Phillies began to play like utter crap, and losing to teams they should have bean EASILY, and also when the Braves started playing very well. But the Phillies came through and won the games they needed to. Tell me, was I negative at the Beginning of the season when the Phillies had a losing record? Was I negative Prior to the All Star Break when Lidge blow several saves in a row? Was I negative until some time AFTER they got swept by the Pirates? If you have been a consistent PHan on here you would realize, the answer is NO. If you were a real PHan you could have optimism yet STILL call the team out and point out how HORRIBLE they were playing. Yes I was negative with 2 weeks to go in the season. LOL. But being optimisisting the ENTIRE SEASON excluding 2 freakin weeks makes me a band wagon? LOL. All that says to me is that you havent been posting here enough to know what most people are like. You only come on here when “Phillies were 97% favorites to make the playoffs”. Hmm, if you show up or post then, does that make you a band wagon? I didnt think so.

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  109. Brian of CO

    October 13, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    by the way, If you want constant “pessimistic, blasphemous comments” I suggest you find george55 in prior posts. I thinks its funny you want to lump me with some of those fans when I was negative for 1 or 2 weeks max.

  110. j reed

    October 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    So Brian of CO what took you that far West…military? I’ve been there once, Fort Collins…absolutely beautiful state but it so laid back it made me uncomfortable…You definitely don’t sound like the stereotypical person from the west coast.

  111. Brian of CO

    October 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    J Reed, I am an East Coaster through and Through. LOL. The Military did take me to Colorado, and California, so I have experienced the West coast and mountain areas, and 100% agree with you. While California and Colorado are both beautiful…I often cant deal with the people out here. I grow tired of how laid back it is, and how extremely NON confrontational people can be, to the point they just flat out lie through their teeth about things rather than just say what they feel. While I still think Thunder Lips was living up to his name and flapping his lips on a soap box, I at least appreciate the fact that he can say what he feels rather than sugar coating things. Sometimes I get so heated about the people here, that I vent on here. 🙂 I like many of us on here, for lack of better terms “live and die by their teams” I have only lived west of the Mississippi for the last 6 years or so, most of my life has been between NJ and Philadelphia!

  112. Brian of CO

    October 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I meant “I get so heated about the people here in Colorado, that I vent on here at Phillies Nation.”

  113. j reed

    October 13, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Yeah, it’s really Birkenstocky out there…I lived in NoVa for a long time before returning to Philly and it’s nether the South nor North or anywhere people wise…It’s so transient it’s hard to pin down anything that I would call an identity. But they love their Redskins and when Joe Gibbs came back it was like the messiah returned to claim his children. I bet Coloradians love their Broncos, that is a historic organization….do they feel the same about the Nuggets and Avalanche? Or are they too busy skiing in winter to care?

  114. Brian of CO

    October 13, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    The Rockies have the SMALLEST coverage and amount of fans I would say. But really, the fans here just are not like us (Phillies Phans). Ive been to a few games, (Rockies and Broncos games) and they are so BORING! The Colorado fans show up about 30 minutes to 1 hour before the game, thats it! The games I went to when they were playing Philly teams, WOW. For the Eagles it was a SEA OF GREEN 2-3 hours prior to, for the Phillies games, it was a SEA OF RED AND BLUE again, 2-3 hours prior to. Still had AWESOME parking spots because the Colorado Fans didnt get there until we were already heading in for our seats. The Broncos are the most popular, the Nuggets and Av have a following better then the Rockies I will tell you that much. I recall the first game of the season against the Braves this year. Even with the loss, the stadium was still pretty much packed at the end. Some people left, but they were definately ridiculed for leaving early. We showed up about 4 hours early, and we were already LATE. LOL. I just miss the passion for my sports. My wife is originally from Michigan and wasnt really raised with sports, so even she sometimes doesnt understand me when it comes to my beloved Phillies and Eagles. Like was pointed out by many other fans I get heated, I get emotional, I get angry I get overjoyed. I am a Philadelphia Phan through and through! LOL.

  115. j reed

    October 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Brian – That you even got to see the Broncos tells all….in DC or Philly you have to part ways with a kidney to get to a football game. Christ i wanted to see the Flyers and know someone who can get tickets for the small fee of $150…that’s a little too much for a regulare season hockey game….plenty of Sixers tickets though. Philly has such a rich basketball history, it be nice to see that return on the NBA level.

  116. Brian of CO

    October 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I should have put that in there. Unlike in Philly, you dont have to spend a paycheck to see the game. You go the ticketmaster, and get tickets. For Phillies and Eagles games, Ive spent 150 a ticket, 250 a ticket…At one point, I was EXTREMELY LUCKY that my uncle knew someone with a box seat, so I got to see the Eagles from a Box in 2006 when they played the Titans (when McNabb went out). Had my uncle not come through, I wouldnt have been able to see the game besides on TV. Rockies are even worse (until they make the playoffs). I remember the first Rockies game I went to. WOW. BORING! The tried the wave. It last about 1 section. It didnt even make it past a 1/6 of the stadium. People just sit there, and watch the game. Very little emotion, very little anything. Then all of a sudden in the playoffs, they find their voices? LOL.

  117. Benton Seagrave

    July 13, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Conflict is inevitable but not necessarily bad. — Paul Gillette

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