Nice, relaxing AMTRAK train ride to NYC last evening. Arrived during rush hour and it took a while for the four buses to get to the hotel. When we climbed out of Penn Station/Madison Square Garden, there was a pretty large gathering of cheering Phillies fans. That was neat.
Woke up to rain this morning. Charlie has scheduled a workout at Yankee Stadium for 4:30, following an hour-long media session for the players.
Part of the day at the hotel involved meetings with Ruben and his staff, Charlie and his staff…. reviewing scouting reports and deciding on the 25-man WS roster. Yankees and Phillies have until 10 a.m. tomorrow to e-mail their rosters to MLB.
Marty Bystrom was a right-handed pitcher with the Phillies from 1980 through 1984. He also pitched for the Yankees (1984-85). Bystrom came to the majors on Sept. 1, 1980, and went 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA that month to earn NL Pitcher of the Month. He started Game 5 of the NLCS and WS that fall; Phillies won both although he didn’t get a decision. Now, 51, Marty resides in central Pennsylvania.
What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“My favorite memory would be watching Catfish Hunter pitch with the Oakland A’s.”
As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“The biggest change between regular season and postseason is you know you are in a do or die situation and it really makes you concentrate that much more. As a player I loved the feeling of performing on a grander stage and wanting to excel for my teammates.”
What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Having the opportunity to start Game 5 of the 1980 World Series in Kansas City. Then, a couple of days later, we won the World Championship. The parade down Broad Street is yet another tremendous memory.”
Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“I was watching the final game at home.”
Only once have we played on this date….well sort of. World Series Game 5 a year ago began on this date but was suspended, 2-2, after 5.5 innings. The game resumed on October 29 after a 111-hour rain/cold weather delay. Everyone remembers the outcome…a 4-3 win that produced a World Championship.
Suspended games are officially recorded on the date the game was first played or started. In this particular case, that was October 27, which was the last date for any Phillies postseason game until the 2009 WS begins tomorrow night.
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