On to LA
What an NLDS series. Final three games came down to the final at-bat in one-run games. Brad posted back-to-back saves to send the Phillies on to LA. For the fifth time in NLCS history, the Phillies will battle the Dodgers.
Phillies are known for their long ball and not always playing small ball. They should also be known as playing resilient ball.
Team arrived in Philly around 3 this morning. Early this evening, a Delta charter flight will depart for Los Angeles.
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Dickie Noles was a right-handed pitcher with the Phillies from 1979-81 and again in 1990. His 11-year major league career also included the Cubs, Ranges, Indians, Tigers and Orioles. In three postseason games with the Phillies in 1980, he allowed one run in 7.2 innings. Now, 52, Noles is the Employee Assistance Professional for the Phillies.
What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Mine was the 1969 New York Mets. It was the first year that I fell in love with baseball. I could not get enough, playing or watching.”
As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“I thought the biggest change was the so called pressure. You get so pumped up ( in sports they say don’t get to high and don’t get to low) that everything seems better–the food you eat tastes better, your clothes fit, you feel better, your focus is better. This is what you dream of as a kid. Plus, I believe that as a minor league player in the Phillies farm system, we were taught to look forward to these situations.”
What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Winning the World Series in 1980. Just looking around the Vet with Tug on the mound and the excitement of the fans. All players have that dream, bases-loaded, game on the line and you win the championship. I can still see that moment as though it was yesterday.”
Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“I was in the stands with our employees and then went inside to watch everything on TV. Another great moment.”
Phillies are 1-2 on this date, including winning the NL pennant in 1993. A year ago, Phillies won Game 4 of the NLCS. This year, Game 1 of the NLCS is Thursday night.
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