Pennsylvania has launched a new marketing campaign for its premiere city of Philadelphia.
Can't blame P'friggin'A for attempting to cash in on the Phillies success. After all the Phils tv ratings have jumped up 16% from the 2009 season and have gone up for the 8th straight year in a row (thanks for emailing us Comcast Sports Net!). I like their sales pitch, but marketing Halladay alone as a chance to witness history in the making might work better.
*The Big 3 are the key to this series and the entire postseason, but the health of Polanco ranks a close 2nd. He transforms the lineup into a much better one when he's in it. Yesterday's lineup would have looked like this-
Don't get me wrong, Valdez is not horrible...I mean we could have David Bell there instead (yikes!). But Polly is the prototypical 2-hole hitter and dropping the gimpy J-Roll in the order is a good and right thing.
*It still hasn't sunk in just how amazing the no-hitter was by Halladay. Only the 2nd man to do it in the postseason and it's his 2nd one this season too. Before yesterday, I would have said- unbelievable. Now I say- believe!
*Wonder how long Oswalt will keep the Reds hitless on Friday. Just imagine if it's the 4th inning and they still haven't gotten a base-knock yet in the series...hello panic mode.
*Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera is a bitter bitch- "It was a bad combination with John (Hirschbeck) back there. He gave him every single pitch. A guy like Halladay feeds off that. It makes it nearly impossible with a guy like that. He can hit every single corner, and he was low in the zone. He and the umpire threw a no-hitter. Another umpire and another zone, he wouldn't have been able to throw a game like that. Basically, he was getting every pitch. We had no chance." He must get along with Scott Rolen so well, considering their both on the left side of the infield and whiny bawl baby pissy pants.