Morning Wood: Last Stand

Roy_halladay_jerseyI'm going to need you for big games, Doc

This is it. One game, do or die. It’s all up to Doc. They can’t lose, if only because I really want to be able to get this up again tomorrow… and for the rest of October. 

Reals: I’m nervous. The words haven’t flowed as easily as they normally do. It’s difficult to snark about Jose Reyes being naked on the cover of ESPN The Magazine (careful, that's a video, and yes, he has racing stripes in his eyebrows) and it’s even more difficult to make fun of Alex Rodriguez for whiffing at the final pitch of the Yankees’ season. I really want to… but I can’t. I’m at about 40% confidence, and for those of you who don’t know, that’s below water level on the glass half empty side of things. I don’t trust the lineup. Jimmy Rollins has finally turned into a singles hitter (contract time, yo), but now everyone else looks lost. 

Chase Utley just hits ground balls to the right side of the infield. Ryan Howard is about 12 feet in front of every off-speed pitch- he no longer makes contact. Hunter Pence hits choppers to the shortstop. Every time. Raul Ibanez chasing brewmaster Jason Motte’s 98 m.p.h. fastball the other night was the most predictable outcome since, well, Howard’s at-bat five minutes earlier. Polanco and Ruiz? They’re now contact hitters who don’t make solid contact. 

The Aces have been average. The bullpen is unreliable. And, according to J-Roll™, the crowd sucks.

If you can’t tell, I’m not feeling too good about this thing. Ms. CB told me I was being a Nervous Nelly, to which I replied, “Great, he’s from St. Louie.” Where apparently it’s a fine day.

I’m sorry to bring you down. I’m going to Game 5, the Phillies’ first deciding game in my lifetime. I’m 28. I, you, should be excited, but this isn’t one of those please win this game games, it’s a please, please don’t lose because this is going to be ugly if you do games. There’s no satisfaction in victory, just relief. 

But that's not always a bad thing…

Jimmy Connors once said (yep, tennis): I hate to lose more than I love to win

Perhaps that is what’s needed tonight. Doc hates to lose. I don't know him, but call it a hunch. You can just see it in his eyes.

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It doesn't matter, anyway. Everything I just said can be thrown out the window when Lauren Hart takes the field to sing God Bless America before the bottom of the seventh, as the Phillies work to break a 2-2 tie. Rally towels will wave, lips will quiver, and, moments later, the Phillies will take a 3-2 lead when Shane Victorino lines an RBI single to right-center. All these complaints, all this negativity? Gone as we prepare to watch Cliff Lee douse the mound with excellence in Game 1 of the NLCS on Sunday. Book it.

FOX Philly offed a six-foot squirrel this morning:

Crazed Squirrel Invades Fox 29 Studios: MyFoxPHILLY.com

Much better than their counterparts in St. Louis, I suppose.

In case you haven’t heard yet, Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter are friends.

Some stats on the Phillies’ struggling bats.

John Finger on the Phillies' other two deciding games.

Paul Hagen calls it the most important game in Phillies history.

Gulp.

Game time tonight, 8:37 PM. 

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35 Responses

  1. I almost felt bad for the Yankees last night…knowing that if we don’t get our shit together fast we’ll be right there with them. The thing is, if they win tonight, I don’t see this team losing in a 7 game series.

  2. This feeling of, damn near dread that seems to have set over Philly is alarming. Not because we are facing the first do-or-die, win-or-go home, game 5 elimination game in 20 years, but because this is for the NLDS. This city is a nervous wreck. You pointed out that you’re not as confident in the bats or bullpen and the pitching as looked, well average. Even if we get through tonight (which I think we do) we still have the NLCS to got through. Can you imagine what happens to this city if we split in Philly against the Brewers? Where the team then has to go to Mil. for 3 games, where the Brew Crew had the best home advantage this season?
    If we think tonight is nerve-wracking, we could really be in a funk come next week. All the faith in Roy and the aces, but the bats need to show up. Go Phillies!

  3. but they sure grinded out Game 162 didn’t they –
    Yo Phils – 102 meant nothing
    11 is all that counts
    but you need Win 3 – or you become the 64′ Phils

  4. How did Utley fit into the “lost” category? Hitting .462 with a .588 OBP (the same as rollins). Doesn’t really constitute “lost”

  5. also, why are we doubting Doc’s ability to go 9 innings of shutout baseball tonight?
    if you go to the game, GET BEHIND YOUR TEAM!!

  6. CBP needs to play seek and destroy by Metallica at the start of every inning for Halladay.

  7. Style make fights. If the Phillies win this they’ll have beaten the hottest team in baseball, with the best lime up, with the best player.
    If the Phillies win, which I think they do, they won’t face a tougher test the rest of the way.
    So let’s all step away from the ledge, bring the noise, and start acting like this team is a champion, which they are.

  8. When a man stares into the abyss and sees nothing but darkness, this is the time when he finds his character, and it is his character, that keeps him from falling into the abyss. Roy Halladay is on the mound wearing the pinstripes tonight! enough said.

  9. Kyle,
    This post described perfectly how I feel going into this game. Its going to be one of those games where you want to watch so bad, but you don’t want to watch because of how nervous you are going into this game.

  10. Everyone in Philadelphia suffers from some weird shared borderline personality disorder when it comes to sports, probably because we’ve been shit on so often in the past. Thats then and this is now. Cards are a good team…but we have halladay on the hill. Enough said.

  11. Damn it’s so frustrating… Even Mitch Williams this morning on MLB Network was called out Ryan Howard’s stance and swing in the batter’s box. Everyone knows what HE needs to do… just do it already!

  12. Scream your fucking heads off if you’re at the game tonight. Enough of this “woe is me, I’m scared” bullshit. If Doc can get out of the first inning untouched, Phils win 2-0. So get behind the team and don’t expect failure. Expect greatness!

  13. enought with the dousing excellence and the pissing and all the other crap. If your boy doused us with excellence in game 2 we would have won this series already. If we win I think Cole should pitch game one in the NLCS. Lee is now 0-3 with a 17.00 era in his last three playoff games. Thank God we have Roy going tonight.

  14. i am sure this will be the largest crowd in the Bank’s history — please scream, yell, clap, boo, cheer, celebrate as loud as you can. otherwise, stay at home and let someone else take your place!
    do your part and hope the players do theirs!

  15. I am really nervous. I will pray for them. Please God let our Phillies win this game tonight and win the World Series. Amen.

  16. “Scream your fucking heads off if you’re at the game tonight. Enough of this “woe is me, I’m scared” bullshit. If Doc can get out of the first inning untouched, Phils win 2-0. So get behind the team and don’t expect failure. Expect greatness!”
    Perfectly said, Steve! Put down those damn rally towels & use your hands & your voices to make some freakin’ noise!! Who cares how cool all those towels look on TV if we lose the game?! Doctober is now! Get loud! Go Phils!!

  17. I wiser feller than meself once said:
    .
    “Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.
    “In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.
    “Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.
    “It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.”
    —————————————————————————
    Those 9 brave men who will put on the red pinstripes tonite should commit this to memory.

  18. To the Phillies—-MAN UP AND WIN, GODDAMMIT!!
    I don’t want to spend the rest of the fall and winter pissing and moaning about the Eagles.

  19. charlie needs to go back to the og lineup
    rollins
    shane
    chase
    piece
    hp3
    raul
    polanco
    chooch
    THE DOC

  20. I’m back bitches! Despite that Little PUSS Kyle Scott trying to censor me and block my posts.
    What a freaking tool!
    How is the game going?

  21. Good night you little bitches. Enjoy watching the cards win their 11th championship.
    Better luck next year bitches. Suck it!

  22. “Chase Utley just hits ground balls to the right side of the infield. Ryan Howard is about 12 feet in front of every off-speed pitch- he no longer makes contact. Hunter Pence hits choppers to the shortstop. Every time. Raul Ibanez chasing brewmaster Jason Motte’s 98 m.p.h. fastball the other night was the most predictable outcome since, well, Howard’s at-bat five minutes earlier. Polanco and Ruiz? They’re now contact hitters who don’t make solid contact. ”
    – this could have been the reporting of the actual game.

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