Monday, September 25, 2006
You can't measure a player's heart, intensity, focus, pressure, drive, or whatever other intangible that announcers talk about, but you also can't deny it exists. Statheads everywhere are yelling at their computer monitor, because the above wasn't something measured on the back of their baseball cards growing up. Well, I collected baseball cards, love stats, but also understand the game is more than just faceless numbers. The Phillies right now are playing like a team possessed by a playoff determined demon, and I'm loving it. Down 4-0 to start the game, they decided to quickly erase that deficit in the bottom of the 3rd with a 7-run smack in the grill of the Marlins. Sure you can attest the comeback to stats, but I believe it's a combination of both numbers and the "intangible"...don't need to quantify it, just go with it. You can see it on the faces of the players that they are playing with a purpose. So, for all of you only concerned about stats, dying for something to "measure"...stick around and I'll work on something for you to measure!
*Beard- Embrace Rick "the Beard" White! This may sound crazy, but I want him back in the bullpen next season. Why? He is a funny dude that can pitch every day, and helps keep the players loose. I love how he calls the dugout after every homerun, good stuff!
*Table-Setter- Jimmy Rollins isn't really a leadoff hitter, but he is the Phils best option. When he gets on, he scores, and when he scores the Phils win.
*Glove- Nunez has proven he's pretty worthless with the bat, but his glove is awesome. Yes, I'm giving mad props to Abe "No Hit" Nunez for flashing spectacular leather from the hot corner. I do not want him starting 3rd next season, but I'm happier with him at 3rd than I ever was with David "H-Mo/Fairy Feet" Bell.
*Old- "Moyer is old like my dad, but with a better arm...barely". Well, Moyer went 6 surrendering 5 runs, my dad probably on had 5 innings in him yesterday as he strained his pitching elbow doing house chores.
*Hot-or-Not?- Utley is like a light switch, either on or off. He's on right now, so let's ride that electricity to victory.
*Loser- You know you're a loser when you are watching the game by yourself and you're clapping your hands when getting excited (ex: myself).
*Playoffs- It's going to happen. It needs to happen. I will personally will it to happen!!! If that doesn't work, I know people who know people who have a cousin who's best friend also knows people that can handle the situation.
*Tailgating- You know it's going to be a good day when you bite into a cheese filled sausage and the cheese squirts up into your nose. Why? Because, you now have cheese flavored boogers for leftovers when you get hungry later on.