Anything worthwhile doesn’t come easy. I don’t know who said that but it certainly applied to last night’s gut-wrenching, must-win game in Washington.
How about Chase Utley!
His next run scored will put him in exclusive company, the 21st player in MLB history to reach 200 hits, 30 homers, 100 RBI and 130 runs in a single season. Among the names on that list are Albert Pujols, Todd Helton, Alex Rodriquez, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial and Chuck Klein.
Chase got to 200 hits last night. Dave Cash was the last Phillies second baseman to reach to that number, 213 in 1975 and 206 the year before. Cash didn’t walk often which triggered “he’s not a prototype leadoff hitter” complaints (we didn’t even have e-mail back then).
It was great seeing Phillies fans at RFK Stadium emotionally hanging on every pitch. TV did a great job showing the passionate Phillies fans.
Remember the Phillies’ opening-season ad campaign, “Paint the Town Red?” Well, the fans have brought it back. Red is in.
Speaking of TV, Comcast SportsNet’s rating last night hit 9.6 (about 280,000 homes were watching the game). That’s the highest regular-season rating ever for any sport carried by CSN.
ESPN has picked up Friday night’s game from Miami (game time moved tom 7:35 to 7:09 p.m.). ESPN will be blacked out in the Philly region as the game will be on CSN. Saturday is a 1:25 p.m. exclusive national telecast on FOX. Phillies fans nationwide will be able to follow those games.
(Because of other commitments, I was unable to post the lineup today).