It's roughly 9:30pm Eastern time and the Phillies/Astros game is heading into the bottom of the 9th with the Phils down 3-nuttin'. I ponder turning off the tv and catching some early z's, but I resist the temptation of sleep and decide to stick around to watch the finale of this lousy game. It has been a lousy game to this point too, the Phils offense is nonexistent, Adam Eaton & Co. pitched well but all for naught, and Jimmy Rollins is still out of the lineup. I was already to go off on one of my patented tirades and rip this team a new one, then the bottom of the 9th begins and I think my eyes are deceiving me as what happens next is more like a hazy dream than harsh reality...
*Aussie Chris Snelling pinch-hits and takes Astros closer Jose Valverde deep...this can't be real, guess he ate his Vegemite. Phils down 3-1, no outs, none on.
*Chase Utley gets plunked, like that never happens. No outs, 1 on.
*Ryan Howard strike outs, this is bound to happen 200+ time this season with the way that schmuck is hacking haphazardly. 1 out, 1 on.
*I turn to my wife and say, "My boy Burrell is going deep to show Howard how a real man gets the job done.". Sure enough, yack 'em jack 'em, Burrell 2-run opposite field roundtripper. Score 3-3, 1 out, no on.
*Brett Favre steps up to the plate to attempt a last second Hail Marry to win the game, but strikes out flailing. Luckily the pitch escapes catcher Brad Ausmus and Jenkins scampers down to 1st. 1 out, 1 on.
*Our Swing-happy 3rd baseman Pedro comes up and Feliz Navidads a double down the line while Jenkins runs through the stop sign to slide in victoriously safe at the plate on a bang-bang play...Phils win 4-3.
Do Work Son!:
*Hat tip to Adam Eaton for proving many wrong through 3 starts. Here at WSBGM's have predicted a return to career norms, so we'll take partial credit for Eaton's "success" thus far. Each time Adam has taken the mound, he's gone at least 6 innings and given up 3 runs; that my friends is a quality start (4.12 era, 1.32 whip).
*The bullpen, also a grave concern of many, has been a shining component of the Phils this season. Chad Durbin (0.75 era) eats innings in middle relief like Rosie O'Donnell woofs cheeseburgers. Rudy Seanez has yet to surrender a hit, and he, Brad Lidge, and JC Romero still have sparkling ZERO eras.
*The City of Philly is known for their blue collar work ethic and appreciate their athletes to have the same gumption. Pat Burrell is embodying that blue collar mentality and winning over the hearts of Phans with his performance (.349 avg, 9 r, 5 hr, 15 rbi, 2 more walks than k's, and a 1.273 OPS). Way to get the job done Pat. You're my boy Burrell, you're my boy!