Record Setter- We're used to Ryan Howard setting records for homeruns, rbi, and strikeouts during the regular season. After his 2 k's last night, he now shares the World Series strikeout record with Willie Wilson at 12 apiece. I'm willing to put money on Howard surpassing him by the 5th inning of Game 6 Wednesday night.
Quitter?- Cole Hamels. After Saturday's crapfest he said he couldn't wait for his season to be over. Last night he offered this-
"Sometimes I might not say the best things or the smartest things, but I've learned and am learning. I wasn't able to sleep the past couple of nights because of it. I went to Charlie just to talk to him because that's who I am, and I think he understands that. I just wanted to tell him my true thoughts -- that I'll never ever quit. I want to play this game until somebody takes it away from me."
Believe it or not, I'm going to cut him some slack. He's a young kid, just had a baby, went through a very difficult season after dominating the entire way through 2008. He's frustrated, he's just venting. He doesn't want the Phillies to lose so he can go home, he wants the Phils to win and then after the celebration he'll go home and regroup. Bottom line, we need Cole Hamels and booing him mercilessly will not help the situation.
Rude- Brett Myers. Following last night's victory, Mr. Classy himself Brett Myers passed Cole Hamels in the clubhouse and said, "'What are you doing here? I thought you quit." Sure, he said exactly what many fans have been thinking, but you're his teammate, your team just won Game 5 and are heading back to the Bronx to try to win 2 more. Don't need to go pissing off the probable Game 7 starter.
Joe Cool- Never would have expected the season to come down to a Pedro Martinez pitching performance when it started way back in April, but then again, I wouldn't have guessed it come down to a Cliff Lee start for the Phils either. Pedro gets the ball on Wednesday in New York, likely facing Andy Pettitte. Pedro has been Mr. Cool since joining the Phillies, and I anticipate him adding to that legacy tomorrow night.