September 28, 2007
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 3b; Ruiz, c; Hamels, p.
Speed is tough to defend and it got us going last night. Jimmy Rollins again started the game with a hit, Shane Victorino laid down a bunt, John Smoltz hurried, threw the ball away and the race around the bases was underway. By the time the first inning was over, the Phillies had a 4-0 lead.
Can’t say enough about Kyle Kendrick and the big three in the bullpen. Getting to the seventh inning really enables Charlie Manuel to go to the big three.
Now, the season comes down to a three-game season against the Nationals, who would love to be the spoilers.
But, we can’t look beyond tonight. The players have been focusing on one game at a time. We may be tied, but we haven’t won anything. J-Roll said it best, “We haven’t done anything. We’re at zero. No one wins at zero. We still have work to do.”
There were a few tickets available for tonight and tomorrow (Sunday has been a sell out). The ticket windows opened at 9 this morning and 45 minutes later all tickets were sold for the next two games.
Standing room tickets will go on sale for tonight at 4 this afternoon, 1 tomorrow afternoon for the 3:55 p.m. FOX telecast and 9 Sunday morning for the 1:35 p.m. game. Fans will be limited to two SRO tickets.
By 1 this afternoon, a handful of fans were camped out the ticket office waiting for 4 this afternoon.
The Phillies will top three million in attendance tonight for the third time. 2004 and 1993 were the other two.
Thanks to Citizens Bank and Septa, rally towels will be given to all fans tonight.
76ers coach Mo Cheeks stopped by the park yesterday to wish Charlie and the players good luck. Andy Reid called Charlie today. Very nice gestures.
Last night’s game on ComcastSports Net drew a 10.5 rating, the highest of the season, topping a 9.2 against the Mets on August 29. It is also the highest rating according to team records that date back to 1996.