Monday, June 22, 2009
When Ryan Howard jacked his majestic 3-run pinch hit homerun to put the Phils ahead on Saturday night, I had the next day's headline ready to go- "From Hospital to Hero". Much to my dismay Ryan Madson came in and became the goat.
Things haven't been going too well in PhillieLand lately. With the way they're playing, it's hard to stay positive, but I offer these nuggets of joy: 1) Every team goes through bad stretches like this in a season, even championship seasons. 2) It sucks that Raul is out, but at least Mayberry, Stairs, and Dobbs are getting some much needed at bats. 3) Ryan Madson has sucked as closer, but this fits in perfectly with the return of Brad Lidge because fans actually want him back in that role now. 4) Jimmy Rollins is not a career altering slump, he's merely having a horrible 1st half like Pat Burrell (2007) and Ryan Howard (2008) had before going Yahtzee in the 2nd half. 5) Despite sucking at home and playing their worst baseball in recent history, the Phils still hold a 2 game lead in the NL East. Hope that offered some solace.