For the most part of yesterday's game I was pissed off and yelling at the television, telling Chris Wheeler to "shut the hell up!" (on his birthday of all days). Then all of a sudden my anguish was erased by one inning. The "new look" Phillies came back on the Braves and showed their gritty side. I love a team that plays with some cajones! As much as I want the Phils to get the Wild Card, I want to see them play good baseball even more. I feel the rest of this season can be a success whether they make the playoffs or not, considering how things looked back in July. I want to see this team come together, form a new identity, and have some young-bloods mature for next season, and if we get the Wild Card, hallelujah!
Wolf obviously is still not at full strength, and probably will not be until next season. However, he pitched well enough yesterday, and should continue to mend during the next 2 months. It will be interesting to see what the Phils do with him in the offseason. I'd like him to stick around, but not for a hefty contract. I'm thinking 1 year deal that is incentive laden.
Chase Utley continues to personify everything I love about baseball (smarts, hustle, ballsy, aggressive, power). Yesterday's bases clearing double further solidified my opinion of him, then he goes and tops that by stealing a run from the Braves by scoring from 2nd on a groundout...flippin' awesome!