I've got to be quick this morning because I think the next game is starting soon...
Star Of Day
Obviously, it's Michael Martinez. He batted 1.000 on the day (1-1) and scored the game tying run in the second game. That is productivity.
Congrats to Kruk
John Kruk will be the next member of the Phillies Wall of Fame. His induction will take place before the August 12th game against the Gnats.
How many current Phillies will eventually be on the Wall? Rollins, Utley and Howard are already there. And probably Hamels too. Halladay and Lee could make it if they continues pitching like this for a few more years and they make some playoff noise. Victorino? Cooch? Sure he doesn't have great numbers but we all know how valuable he's been to this team. And what about a guy like Lidge? Certainly he hasn't had a great Phillies career but he had one year that might not be able to be topped by another Phils reliever.
Put This Away For Later
The next time somebody starts that old, tired argument about how bad Philadelphia fans are ["You guys threw snowballs at Santa, blah, blah, blah"] and you want to entertain their ignorance, you can always bring up the Vancouver behavior last night. Attacking riot police. Burning police cars. And they didn't even win!?!? This wasn't the result of excessive jubilation and celebration. This was a city-wide temper tantrum. Not only are they horrible people, they're bad losers.
With the Bruins win last night, all four major sports teams in Boston have won a title in the last seven years. C'mon Eagles, Sixers and Flyers. Are you even trying?
The Phils go for the four game sweep at 1:05. Cliff Lee goes against Javier Vazquez and his 7+ ERA. Ordinarily I would call the sweep, but there is a chance that Sardinha, Valdez and Martinez will all start, and that's never a recipe for victory.