Like most Americans I spent the weekend watching football and not baseball. So I can’t write about the Phillies today. Instead, I’m going to write about the Eagles. But I’m going to put all Eagles info into Phillies/baseball context to help all of you baseball-only readers.
In baseball: Think of the worst offensive strategy, like bunting with two outs or pinch-hitting Greg Dobbs.
The Eagles: Linebacker Stewart Bradley got knocked so silly he couldn’t even walk off of the field, instead he was stumbling around in a concussive stupor. However, he was back in the game the next defensive series.
In baseball: After Stephen Strasburg throws a pitch and clutches his forearm in pain, manager Jim Riggleman goes to mound and tell the young hurler, “Shake it off kid. Get back on the mound.”
The Eagles: FB Leonard Weaver and C Jamal Jackson suffer season ending injuries.
In baseball: I don’t know if you need to be “strong up the middle” in football, but losing these players would be like the Phillies playing the majority of the season with Wilson Valdez and Jaun Castro in the lineup…
The Eagles: After the game, dog-torturer Mike Vick says, "I feel like if I had been out there for four quarters, maybe we would have had a chance to win the game."
In baseball: Imagine Ryan Madson saying this after Brad Lidge blows a save, “I feel like we would have won if I had pitched the ninth inning.”
The Eagles: Kevin Kolb goes 5-10 for 24 yards in an obviously over-conservative game plan with three of those passes coming post-concussion. Despite the small sample size, many Eagles fans are ready to throw in the towel on Kolb’s career and the Birds’ season.
In baseball: Giving up on Ol’ Girl Parts after a few starts. Giving up on the Phillies when they are not in first place in July.
The Eagles: Eagles lose to the Packers.
In baseball: This is like losing to the Yankees. Sure, it stinks. But don’t you expect to lose to the best team?