Another afternoon workout at Citizens Bank Park. Charlie Manuel has rejoined the team. He’s giving everyone the day off tomorrow. Monday, we head for enemy territory, either flying north (Boston) or south (Tampa Bay).
It doesn’t matter who we play. What matters is that we are in the World Series. If you reach the WS, the worst thing that can happen is you lose. Even then, you will be remembered. Those that don’t reach the big dance, are forgotten. We’ve been there.
It all boils down to a new best-of-seven season.
How’s that for a name?
Cole Hamels is 3-0 in the postseason this October. Carlton is Steve Carlton, best known as Lefty. Guess you knew that.
In 1980, Lefty was also 3-0 in the postseason, winning one game against Houston and two against Kansas City.
Cole has a chance to win more games in one Phillies postseason. Of course, he has a slight advantage over Lefty
in that there are three series these days.
Overall, Lefty is 6-5 in his postseason career with the Phillies.
First Phillies team to reach the World Series was the 1915 club.
We won the first game and then the Boston Red Sox took the next four games, 2-1, 2-1, 2-1, 5-4. Woodrow Wilson became the first President to throw out the ceremonial first ball for Game 2 at Baker Bowl.
What do the 1915 and 2008 Phillies have in common? Both led the league in home runs: 58 in 1915, 214 this year.
Which pitcher holds the Phillies record for most World Series appearances?
6 Larry Andersen (1983, 1993)
5 Ron Reed (1980, 1983)
4 Tug McGraw (1980)
4 Roger Mason (1993)
Jim was the first to post the correct answer. Steve was second and questioned if he shouldn’t get credit for spelling LA’s name right. Heck, there are times when LA can’t spell it right, so don’t feel bad Jim. We’re in a festive mood these days. So, let’s have TWO winners. Just need Jim and Steve to contact me.
The Phillies will be able to use a designated hitter in World Series games played in American League cities.
Everyone loves to manage. Here’s your chance. Who should be the Phillies DH?