Monday, October 27, 2008

Carpe Diem


When acquired for a bevy of prospects, Joe Blanton was far from a fan favorite. In fact he was being scrutinized before ever throwing a pitch for the Phils, being dubbed Eaton-esque. Ladies, gentlemen, and naysayers- Joe Blanton is far from being Adam Eaton, Kyle Kendrick, or even Kyle Lohse, because Joe Blanton just won his second game this postseason which just happened to pull the Phils within 1 game of being World Series Champions. Kentucky Joe went 6 solid innings last night striking out 7 Rays while only allowing 2 solo homeruns; and in case you missed it, he too went deep for his 1st career homerun. After the game, sore-loser Joe Maddon questioned the dark spot on the bill of Blanton's cap, but the umpiring crew quickly dismissed his inquiry after studying the baseball and finding no pinetar or foreign substance residue. Bottomline, Blanton pitched masterfully and the Phils sent enough deep flies (4 homeruns, 10 runs scored) to spank the pants off of the Rays. Just one more...

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Carpe Diem:
It's time to seize the day! King Cole goes for his 5th win of the postseason, while the city of Philly ebbs and flows with every single one of his pitches tonight as the championship starved fanatics can feel the moment of complete and utter bliss about to erupt upon them. Ryan Howard said it would be "bedlam" if the Phils finished things off Monday night, and by golly I hope he's right.

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Game Thoughts:
*Since the Phils are destined to win tonight, meaning it will be the final game of the 2008 season and likely Pat Burrell's Phillie career, I hope he goes deep for a memorable World Series moment.
*For as much that has been made out of the Phillies woes with runners in scoring position, the combination of Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria is now 0-29 with 15 k's.
*If the Phils win tonight who is the World Series MVP? Candidates- Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and Ryan Madson.

~Carson

30 comments:

Bob D said...

MVP? right now I believe that Ruiz may have an upperhand.

Time to finish it off!

GM-Carson said...

I would give it to Chooch as well. He's hit, got on base via the walk, and has called amazing games behind the plate.

Jacobin said...

Anyone else watch the Eagles game yesterday and notice the audible "Lets Go Phillies!" chant going on near the end of it?

One more win and I get to use one of my personal days to go see a parade!

Aaron said...

Ivan Dejesus, Pat combs, Tyler Green, Joe Cowley, Von "5 for 1" Hayes, Don Carmen, Chad Ogea, Rick Schu, Greg Legg, Toby Borland, Bruck Ruffin, Steve Jeltz, Kent Tekulve, Kyle Abbott, Paul Abbott, Terry Adams, Marlon Anderson, Andy Ashby, Rob Barajas, Juan Belle, David Belle, Matt Beech, Mike Benjamin, Ron Blazier, Shawn Boskie, Kent Bottenfield, Brad Brink, Eude Brito, Jose Mesa, Rob Ducey, JD Durbin, Tom Foley, Kiko Garcia, Gene Harris, Heathcliff Slocomb, That year Dave Hollins made the team in the late 90's, Ryan Carp, Steve Lake, Travis Lee, Wendall Magee Jr., Mike Mimbs, Bobby Munoz, Doug Nickle, Vincente Padilla, J.R. Phillips, Amaury Telemaco, Eric Valent, Turk Wendell, Mark Witten, Floyd Youmans, Jon Zuber.

Phillies fans, we have seen a lot of awful things over the years..
TODAY IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT.

Aaron said...

We all owe Pat Gillick a very large apology.

dr. steve said...

Ain't it amazing? All the mistakes we've gotten on the Phillies for all season. All the times we've yelled at Manuel. All the trades we've complained about for not being good enough. The offseason moves we shuddered in horror at. The missed opportunities, the ugly losses, the bad starts, the whole up and downs since we moved into the new ballpark with David Bell and Jim Thome and Kevin Milwood...

and here, we're one game away from winning the World Series. And every mistake in the past will have been erased.



At least until the offseason.

GM-Carson said...

I agree that Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel are both owed gratitude. I've knocked both in the past, and probably will do so again in the future, it's the nature of the business, but the bottom line is that they've lead the Phils to the brink of a World Series Championship.

Maria said...

It's sheer insanity. So close you can almost taste it. How great would it be to have tickets to tonight's game?

dr. steve said...

I can't believe Barkann and Garagno are saying that, if the Phillies win, the fans of this city won't be as rabid or as championship-starved.

Nothing will change. Nothing should change. We will be the same fans. Just fans who can say they support the #1 Team.

JMS said...

I don't remember who wrote this or where this was originally posted, but it's from the Blanton trade.


"I'm going to pretend that our rotation is not filled with one ace, one 45 year old man, and three fifth starters. I'm going to pretend that our leader, our MVP, our voice of the team actually leads by example and takes the bus with his team in a highly congested city. I'm going to pretend that we have a right-handed bat besides Pat Burrell that can actually hit for average and doesn't strike out over 100 times. Actually, please do not let that statement discount Burrell. He's been awesome. He's been consistent, just about all year. Anyway, I'm going to pretend to not know that our bullpen has been over-achieving this year and with fatigue; I am going to pretend that I do not fear their performances returning to their career norms.
I am going to pretend that Charlie Manuel uses a scouting report for his pitchers every once in awhile and knows who to put in regardless of what inning it is. I am going to pretend that Charlie Manuel does not pull Pat Burrell for Eric Bruntlett or So Taguchi, two players that offer little of a defensive upgrade.
I am going to pretend that we haven't been playing .405% baseball since June 8th. I am going to pretend to not acknowledge that if we maintain our current pace, we're going to finish with 78 wins. 78, not 100. Not even close to 100.
I am going to pretend that we have a front office that for once in my life time makes an acquistion to drastically improve the team. I am going to pretend that the Phillies have one more than 1 world series in 125 seasons. I am going to pretend that Joe Carter never happened.
I am going to pretend that I know nothing about the past trends of Philadelphia sports. I am going to pretend that I didn't start following the Phillies until Howard's MVP season in 2006. I am going to pretend that all that happened since that season is all I know. 2 MVPs, 1 division title. That is all I know. That is it. I am going to pretend that Freddy Garcia was a great acquistion from the start and it wasn't the Phillies fault that it didn't pan out.
I am going to pretend that since my birth in January in 1984, Philadelphia sports have strived for greatness. I am going to pretend that the Phillies acknowledge their holes and try their damn hardest to fill those holes to the best of their capability. I am going to pretend that we actually have a farm system and don't have to get bent out of shape over a guy that doesn't have a true position yet and is blocked by Chase Utley at one of those positions.
I am going to pretend that statistical analysis means absolutely nothing when evaluating a player. I am going to pretend that players should be rewarded on intangibles and not performance.
I am going to pretend that the Phillies even know what situational hitting or small ball is. I am going to pretend that since scoring 20 runs against St. Louis, we have averaged more than 4 runs per game and not less than. I am going to pretend that we are not struggling, but the team was just bored and wanted to let other teams get involved in the race only to turn it on now.
I am going to pretend that our team loves the chase and the hunt, but not the victorious kill.
I am going to remain hopeful. I am going to remain faithful toward the Phillies. I am going to pretend all that just happened, never happened. I am going to pretend that when we had our opportunity to stick the dagger into the Mets hearts, we did it and we did not pull it out to let them survive. I am going to pretend that we didn't give them CPR to continue their lives as they were.
These are our Philadelphia Phillies. They have no holes. They have no problems. They're not struggling. Their offense is the best in baseball. Their offense is the best their ever was.
I am going to pretend that Joe Blanton is our savior."

12 hours from now cannot come fast enough...lessgo Phils!

GM-Carson said...

JMS- that was written by Justin Evans at We Hate to Lose.

JMS said...

Carson, okay thanks. I saved it in the hope that there would be some October irony. If only I had done the same with my stock projections.

GM-Carson said...

By the way, I read that Brett Myers could hear the "Lets go Phillies" chants in the Cit coming over from the Linc near the end of the Eagles game as he was warming up before the Phils game. That's awesome!

Aaron said...

I've got a bottle of Champagne on ice. Can't wait to pour the whole bottle over my head

furiousBall said...

i had this crazy dream we were one win away from a championship. what did i miss this season?

Aaron said...

Today is our day.

Bottom of the 9th tie game and the 3-2 pitch to Chase Utley...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqdCau10U8k&feature=related

GM-Carson said...

I can tell Phils Phans are stoked for tonight, the WSBGM's page hit counter is crackalacking.

GM-Carson said...

I wish I could fast forward to 8:30 tonight and get this party started already. I'm so stoked, if the Phils win I won't be able to sleep, I'll just roll into work Tuesday all glassy eyed and cheerful.

SirAlden said...

" It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor would.... "

Pittsburg words for a Philly day.

SirAlden said...

Just posted over on Beerleaguer - go take a look:

~ Pat Gillick is a Genius - clout is a Fool ~

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- why are you singing the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood theme song?

SirAlden said...

I woke up singing it.

Philly is a hard working town and really deserves to be happy.

- and clout is a fool.

The World Series will be revenge for 1993 in Toronto; Blanton's Homer will Rival Joe Carter's.

The 1980 World Championship is balanced by the 1983 loss to Baltimore, a good town too.

Defeating LA this year was Revenge for 1978.

All that is left is Stomping on St. Louis to make up for 1964 (Ryan Howard makes up for the loss of Dick Allen), Stomping on the Yankees in a World Series to revenge the 1950 WS, and Stomping on the Red Sox for 1915.

- and clout is a fool.

SirAlden said...

Oh! and getting the franchise back over .500

GM-Carson said...

A great image of Longoria's mitt inserted into Rollins' ass. He was so out.

Andrew said...

Rollins really should be suing Longoria for rape. Do you think the umpire purposely made that bad call to make up for the safe at first bad call on Saturday?

Jacobin said...

It was a bad call at third last night, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was a "make up" call. However, take away the Rollins run from the first and the Phils still come out on top by a lot of runs. It was a bad call, but not critical to the outcome.

Wouldn't it be nice if tonight the umpires are not part of the story... and instead the story is about when the parade will be making its way down Broad Street?

ripjgarcia said...

Siralden, what the hell are you talking about with this "and clout is a fool" stuff. I googled it and it looks to be a siralden original.
So, can you fill me in.. what the hell is that supposed to mean?

oh yeah - LETS GO PHILLIES!

ripjgarcia said...

Brad Lidge = DHL Delivery Man of the Year

GM-Carson said...

I'm seriously contemplating taking off work to go to the parade if the Phils do win. I'll try to convince Corey to do the same.

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