We have a momentous day is Philly sports upon us. Many will be glued to their television sets, swapping channels between downs of the Eagles opening game and pitches of the Phillies first game of the double header today starting at 1 pm. A new season brings new hope, and the Iggles are hoping to kick off the season with a win in North Carolina against the Panthers. Meanwhile, the Phillies send human batting tee Kyle Kendrick to the mound in round 1 of the day/night double header. This is likely a loss because the Mets have Phillie-killer Tim Redding going for them. The nightcap is set for 8 pm on ESPN with a showdown between Pedro and Maine.
Things are getting dicey in Philly. The 9th inning remains problematic, as Ryan Madson is proving to be every bit as bad, and actually badder than Brad Lidge in save situations. Both of them have the stuff pitch-wise, but they seem to lack the mental wherewithal to succeed in high pressure situations. In the past I've blamed Charlie Manuel for many things, but seriously, what's a manager to do?