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WANTED: A first baseman who doesn’t have an average of .116

bradhawpe.jpgNot only is our hitting non-existent, but I’ve realized that our defense is really shoddy as well. We’ve had so many errors in the last week, and I’m sure many of them have led to game-winning runs.

Last night we played the Phillies at home, and it was really bad. Going into the ninth inning, we had three hits. Three total in the whole game. And the Phillies led 3-0. We did get a couple of runners on in the ninth (of course), but we didn’t get the clutch hit (of course).

I really don’t know what to say. We are in a horrible slump, and it’s really early. I don’t know if I should be settling in for a looooooong hard season or if I should keep hoping game after game that we will score some runs, at least. I’m used to cheering for a losing team, but that does not make it any easier.

One of the worst players on this team right now is Brad Hawpe. I’ve never, ever liked this guy. I couldn’t stand him when he was on the Rockies, especially because he was involved in Game 163. Then, he was so good that I couldn’t stand him. Now, he’s so bad that I want to storm into the Padres’ front office and make them release him. His average right now is the lovely .116. Buddy Black brilliantly stuck him in the game in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on and two outs. Did he honestly think that Brad would be able to like, get a hit? Drive in a run? Impossible! I would have taken my chances with Alberto Gonzalez.

Brad Hawpe has played in 16 games and he has five hits with two RBIs. Alberto Gonzalez had only played in 10 games and he has five hits with three RBIs. Alberto is hitting .238. I think the choice is obvious, but of course Buddy put in Hawpe, and he convieniently struck out to end the game. WAY TO GO, BRAD. WE REALLY APPRECIATED THAT.

I don’t know about this, guys. We are pretty pathetic right now. And *sob* we’re in the cellar of the NL West. I hate the cellar. We were never in the cellar at all last year, and it makes me really sad that we’re back down there in that dark, sad, depressing place.

Get it back together, boys. No matter what, I will always be a Padres fan. I’m going to cheer for these guys no matter what, but I would apprieciate a good win every once in a while, if you can muster that. Thanks.

Oh, yeah, and Happy Good Friday :)

GO PADRES!!!!!!! 

(Photo: Associated Press)

Believe in SD!!

It was a classic pitching matchup: the veteran, Roy Oswalt, against the kid, Mat Latos.

We all knew it was going to be a huge game because this series has been hyper up to be one of the most important of the year. The Phillies came into San Diego having lost six out of their last eight. The Padres are on the top of the NL West and are definitely making a run for the playoffs. This series could be a preview of the first round of the postseason. And let me tell you, last night’s game was sooo intense, there’s no doubt that it was a preview for those playoffs.

Even though I was hyped about this series, I took the same route that the Padres themselves take: One game at a time, one series at a time. Of course we want to focus on winning the whole series, but we’re only going to get there by winning one game at a time.

Unfortunately, we didn’t do that last night. But it was still an amazing game to watch. I went to the game with my church, which was super fun. It was sooo cool to be there at the game. Right after the Phillies finished batting practice, I heard this huge roar of cheering. I thought, I really really hope that’s just a recorded cheer playing on the commercial on the scoreboard. But no. To my horror, it was the huge amount of Phillies fans in the stands. I thought, “Oh boy. We’re going to have our work cut out for us tonight.”

And we really did. It almost felt like a Dodgers/Padres games because for every play, there was cheering. When the Phillies did something good, there was a large amount of cheering. When the Padres did something good, there was a huge amount of cheering. It was so frustrating to have to battle the Phillies fans the whole time, but it also was a ton of fun.  

Oswalt and Latos were great. Their linescores were actually almost identical. Oswalt went eight innings while Latos only went seven, but each gave up five hits, one run, and struck out six.


IMG_6053.JPGThe umpires bugged me a lot last night. It was pretty sad, but it seemed like they made a lot of calls in the Phillies’ favor. In the bottom of the second, we got caught stealing twice, but I’d say that they were pretty close calls. Man it was frustrating.

Latos allowed the Phillies’ first run in the top of the third. In the bottom of the third, Yorvit Torrealba led off the inning with a solo homer, which was so sweet. It was great to come right back and get that thing tied up.

Not much happened until the eighth inning. Mike Adams came in to take Latos’ place, and he did not do well. It was sooo sad!! After getting one out, he allowed a walk, single, and another walk to load the bases. Joe Thatcher came in to get the left handed, but he didn’t do his job either. He allowed a single which allowed the go-ahead run to score. It was sooo bad.

IMG_6117.JPGBut in the bottom of the ninth, I knew these boys were not going to give up. Matt Stairs started off the inning, and I thought, you’d better get a hit here. He really has not been that great this year, so it was amazing when he hit a single to start off the inning. Jerry Hairston pinched-ran for him. Eck hit a sac-bunt, and he almost almost got safely to first base because Brad Lidge fumbled the ball. Unfortunately, he recovered quickly, and Eck was out. But at least he got Jerry over to second. Miguel Tejada grounded out, which really stunk.

Then the craziness started. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked. With a count of 0-2, Ryan Ludwick was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. He was hit pretty hard too. Thankfully, he was okay and the game went on.

IMG_6139.JPGChase came up next. Suddenly, I saw Jerry Hairston jumping up and down at third and pointing to the pitcher. Brad Lidge had balked!!!! Oh my goodness, it was the best moment of the whole game. It was sooooooooo exciting!! We tied the game and still had runners at second and third. Unfortunately, Chase grounded out to end the inning, but at least we kept the game going.   

Heath Bell came into the game in the top of the 10th. Of course, he just had to allow a walk, but he got out of the inning unscathed.

In the bottom of the inning, we went down 1-2-3. In the top of the 11th, Heath put them down in order. We got a single in the bottom of that inning, but no avail.

Then the trouble started in the top of the 12th. Ernesto Freri came in to pitch, and I was excited because he’s done fairly well this season. But no. Last night he did not do well at all. He allowed a double to start off the inning, and there’s obviously a lot of things wrong with that. It’s a tie game, extra innings, no outs. Very bad situation. Then he allowed a single to center. Luis Durango made a very, very good throw to the plate, but Jimmy Rollins expertly slid in and Yorvit Torrealba missed the tag. It was sooooooooo sad!!!! I was seriously angry at the umpire, but looking at the replay today shows that he made the right call. Still. It was really, really bad.

We got out of that inning without any further damage. In the bottom of the 12th, after two outs, I knew that we weren’t going to win that game. But I refused to believe it. All through Will Venable’s eight-pitch at-bat, I cheered my heart out. I refused to let myself, as a fan, go down quietly. I cheered them through, but Will struck out to end the game. I was pretty frustrated, no doubt about it. But it was just one game, and I’m sure we will go out there and get them today.

It was a blast watching this game. I’m now 2-2 on the year though, so I think I’ll have to get out there again to make it a winning record.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!! 

Not Too Interested

I feel really terrible about my neglect of the blog. It’s been like a week since I last blogged. But seriously, there is nothing to write about. Or maybe there is, but I’m just not motivated. Like, at all. It’s not good, I know.

But seriously, the World Series is really not interesting me at all. Sure, I want the Phillies to win (GO PHILLIES!), but I just don’t have any stakes with either team. You know, if it was Red Sox-Phillies, I would be a little more excited, but still. It’s not my team.

And I really don’t like the Yankees. I don’t like having the Yankees in the World Series. And I don’t like all these calls that are going for the Yankees. It’s not cool. The Yankees already have a bazzilion World Series, and they really don’t need another one. It’s like, oh, the Yankees are in the World Series…again. Whatever. You know, some teams haven’t even been there. There are a few teams that are dying to win a championship like that, but they can’t because the Yankees are stealing all the money. So frustrating. There are days that I hate being a fan of such a low-budget team who has to watch all the big mean money machines win all the time. It’s really really sad.

Well, lookie there, I found something to write about! Wow!

So Hyun Young put this picture in her latest entry and I just had to steal it. SO CUTE!!!

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They’d better not trade him.

Well, hopefully things will start picking up soon. Ahhhhh we need some new news!!!

GO PADRES!!!

National League Champions

Congrats to the Philadelphia Phillies on their second straight National League title!

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I don’t care that they’re an NL East team. I certainly wasn’t going to cheer for the Dodgers during this series! Isn’t this exciting? When was the last time we had team win two World Series in a row? Not going to be easy, but man, the Phillies have been good.

Looks like the Yankees are going to take the ALCS, but who knows, maybe the Angels will be able to make a comeback here. GO ANGELS!

So the Padres re-signed their entire coaching staff for next year. All the guys who have pretty much been here for years are back again. And Randy Ready for pitching coach. Let’s see if 1, he’ll stay with us instead of getting hired for the Astros’ manager, and 2, if he’ll be able to last a whole season as pitching coach of the Padres. In recent years it hasn’t been able to be done, but maybe Randy will have better luck.

And it looks like Red Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer will soon be general manager for the Padres. Seems like he’s the leading choice here, and Jeff Moorad wanted a new GM by the beginning of the World Series, which is in about six days.

Thinking about the general manager situation today, I kind of felt like we’re in a Animal Farm thing here. You know, the animals get rid of the farmer thinking that things will be better without him. But in the end, things really are a lot worse than they were before. I really hope we’re not getting into that situation. I’m still not sure if getting rid of Kevin Towers was the right thing to do. It’s good to have change. The fans are excited about the changes in leadership. But what if it’s not as good as we thought it would be? What if it gets worse? Well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully things will turn out a lot better than they have been.  

Well, I think that’s about all for today.

GO PADRES!!!! 

#19

I know. I’ve been super lazy about blogging and commenting lately. For some reason, ever since the season ended, I haven’t had much motivation to blog. Not good. So when I looked at the Latest Leaders today, I was super surprised that I was still in my general area with #19!!! I was pretty shocked. Thanks so much to all my incredible readers here. Even though I haven’t been giving you much, it’s so cool to know that you’re still visiting. Thank you. It really means a lot to me.

UPDATE: So I didn’t realize that this Latest Leaders was for the whole regular season. That’s so cool! From April to October, this blog was #19 in popularlity. Wow. THANK YOU!!!

I’ve dedicated this number to this man before, but it’s worth doing again:

besthittertonyg.jpgSo this last weekend I was in Arizona. Since we really didn’t have anything to do, I thought this would be a perfect oppurtunity to go check out some of the Spring Training stadiums. We only got to one, Hohokam Stadium, which is the Cubs’ Spring Training facility.

It was a very interesting experience. First of all, it was 100 degrees outside. When we got there, there was about half an hour until a game was starting between the Mesa Solar Sox and the Surprise Rafters. Craziest thing. You would have never guessed that there was a game about to be played. It was so quiet! Sure, there were a few people in the stands, but it was so still and peaceful.

We walked behind the field and were able to get a great view of the stadium.

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IMG_8675.JPGIt was really, really cool to see a Spring Training stadium like that. 

Well, since the Red Sox got elimiated, I haven’t really been tied to the playoffs. I got to watch a few of the games while I was in Arizona, which was really cool. Though I’m definitely not cheering for the Yankees, I gotta say that that walk-off win the other night was pretty cool. But only because it was Jerry Hairston Jr. who scored the winning run. He’s so much like Scotty, it’s incredible!

Wow, I just checked the score from last nights Phillie-Dodger game: 11-0 Phillies!!! Wow, I really love that score!

No Padres news lately :(

GO PADRES AND PHILLIES AND ANGELS AND THE PADRES’ FRONT OFFICE!!!! 

Rained Out But Ready To Go

Yesterday, the Padres-Phillies game got rained out.

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But that’s OK for a lot of reasons. I think it means that the Padres won the series since they were leading 2-1. Also, it’s really lame to have a series go over the weekend and into the next week. Plus, it gave the team a lot of extra time to get over to San Francisco for two games. So overall, it was OK that this game got rained out.

But the Padres got some bad news yesterday about a young player of theirs. Everth Cabrera broke his left hand in Sunday’s game.

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Everth is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks. He’s only 22, and this is his first season in any level higher than Single-A. We got him in the Rule 5 draft from the Rockies, and they were not very happy about that. This guy has a lot of potential. Before he got hurt, he had four hits and a walk in five games. He was also playing very well at shortstop. He is going to have surgery today, and hopefully we will see him back on the field soon!

With Everth’s absence, we are rather short on the middle-infield area. We have shortstop Luis Rodriguez and second baseman David Eckstein, but our only other middle-infielder is Edgar Gonzalez. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind getting more playing time, but I think we need another guy. Kevin Towers is working hard to get a guy today, before we play the Giants tonight.

I love it when we get new players. It’s so much fun! We’re probably going to get a cheap minor league-ish guy, but that’s OK. One of the names that’s floating around is Chris Burke, who was with us for most of Spring Training until he was traded to the Mariners for cash considerations. I don’t know if the Mariners would give him back, though.

But how about this guy?

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Yeah, he hasn’t played a full season since 2007, but I think Marcus Giles would be an interesting player to have back. I really loved having him here in 2007, though his hitting was not that great near the end. He was in the Rockies’ Spring Training in ’08, and the Phillies in ’09, but he didn’t make the roster either time.

I think that would work out really well. What we really want is his defense. He’s a San Diego boy, and his brother Brian is on the team. Plus, he’s probably really cheap. 

But then again, I don’t know if Marcus is interesting in playing baseball anymore. He has three little girls, and I think he’s content with just enjoying his family.

Also, he’s a natural second baseman. I don’t think he’s ever played shortstop. But maybe Eckstein could move over the shortstop and Marcus could take second…nooooo. Marcus would have to be on the bench and maybe spell Eckstein once in a while. Well, maybe not. It would be cool to have Marcus here in San Diego again, but that probably won’t work out.

Nevertheless, it will be cool to see who our new player will be.

Today we are playing the Giants in SanFran. Watch out Giants…look who’s pitching!

jake monday.jpgBWAHAHAHAHAHA!! Let’s see…he started the season with an average game, then had a stellar game, then an average game, so now he’s due for a stellar game. As in, 8 or 9 innings, 10 or so strikeouts, and maybe only a couple hits allowed. Yeah, that feels just about right.

Jake’s opponent will be Matt Cain, who we’ve hit very well in the past few years. I think it’s going to be a really great game tonight.

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: schulzmuseum.org, upload.wikimedia.org, cache.daylife.com) 

Comeback Kids

What a weekend for Padres baseball. I’m telling you, this team has been just incredible. Wow…

  • Friday: 8-7 Padres

Chris Young started the game, allowing five runs in the first inning to the Phillies. He ended up going only 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. 

5-0 deficit by the second? No problemo for my Padres. In the third, we got our first run from a solo homer by Luis Rodruguez. Down 7-1 going into the fifth, the Padres got two more runs on a home run by Scott Hairston. They got two more in the sixth thanks to Nick Hundley’s first home run of the season, driving in Kouz.

In the eighth, Jody Gerut singled in a run. Scott Hairston hit a two-run double to take the lead from the Phillies.    

Meanwhile, the bullpen was incredible. Luis Perdomo, Luke Gregerson, Cla Meredith, Duaner Sanchez, all had scoreless outings. It was so great!

Heath Bell struck out two batters to get his sixth save of the season. Cla Meredith got the win.  

It was such a great game. The Padres were behind 5-0, 7-1, and they came all the way back to win. How ’bout them Padres?!

  • Saturday: 8-5 Padres

Shawn Hill started the game and gave up two runs in five innings. The first run he gave up was in the second, a solo homer to Raul Ibanez.

In the third, the Padres got that run back and added another on a two-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez, his fourth of the season. We got another one in the fifth on a double from Brian Giles.

But the Phillies got one in each of the fifth and the sixth to tie the game at three. The Padres took the lead by one in the top of the ninth, but the Phillies took that away with two in the bottom of the inning.

In comes Brad Lidge, who had 47 straight saves. Notice the word “had”. Jody Gerut started the ninth with a double, followed by two groundouts. But the second one drove Jody in, and we had a tie game. Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley walked for my boy Kouz.

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Anyways, Kouz came to the plate with two runners on, and he pounded that little ball with his big strong arms and sent it out of there to take an 8-5 lead. What a player!!

Heath Bell came in for the third game in a row, going 1-2-3 to earn his seventh save of the season. Cla Meredith got the win again. 

It was a great game. We kept fighting, and we came out on top. Yay Kouz!! He was on front of the sports section in the newspaper yesterday, and it was such a cute picture!

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  •  5-4 Phillies

It was a good game for the Padres, but unfortunately, the bullpen did not get its job done.

Josh Geer, who just got called up in the place of Walter Silva, threw seven innings, allowing only two runs, only one earned. He had a great outing!

The Padres got three runs in the third on a Jody Gerut single, an Edgar Gonzalez triple, and a Brian Giles groundout. We added one more in the fifth on Adrian Gonzalez’s fifth home run of the season.

But the Phillies got two in the sixth and one in the eighth. In the bottom of the ninth, with a 4-3 Padres lead, Edwin Moreno came in to save the game. Heath had pitched three games in a row, and he needed a break. But if Moreno hadn’t pitched, I have a good feeling that we would have won.

Edwin gave up a single to Ryan Howard, and two pitches later, a walk-off homer to Raul Ibanez.

That was kind of sad, but we played hard, and the pitching was mostly great. It’s really too bad that Heath wasn’t able to pitch. I think he would have had that save, but at least he’s still 6-for-6.

Today is the fourth game of the series, Kevin Correia against Jamie Moyer. It’s going to be so cool to see how these Padres do.

Right now, they don’t think they can be beaten. They don’t think that they’re going to lose. They are going out there every day believing that they can win, even if they are down 5-0, 7-1, 3-0. There’s no stopping this team.

“We don’t need to win every single day … but we have that confidence that we can beat anyone,” Heath Bell said.

I am so excited about these Padres!

The retreat went really well. We stayed at a beautiful cabin right by a lake, and it was so beautiful and peaceful. It was a great trip. Nice to get away…

The weather was so perfect up there, and then we came back down. It was in the high 90s and it was miserable. It’s supposed to be even hotter today. I HATE THE HEAT!!! Ugh. We don’t have air conditioning in our house so we just about die when it gets this hot. AHHHHHH!!! 

Let’s get this game tonight, boys. GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: Union Tribune)  

Saved By the Bell

  • 6-5 Padres

Most of us know Heath Bell’s story. He spent nine seasons with the Mets, being shipped back in forth from the major league club and Triple-A so many times that the players joked about the “Heath Bell Express”.

heath mets.jpgHeath was finally traded to the Padres along with Royce Ring in 2006. With the Padres, Heath got an opportunity to prove himself as a major-league pitcher. That he has done, spending two seasons as set-up man to Trevor Hoffman, and now taking over the closer’s role.

heath throwing.jpgIt has been well chronicled about Heath’s feelings towards the Mets. He’s mostly thankful that they traded him. But while he was with the organization, he felt that they never gave him a chance.

So I know it’s been great for him to be able to go out there and pitch against his former team, to show them what they missed out on, to show them that he really was a good pitcher. Heath saved the first game of the series, a 6-5 win, and he got so excited that he threw a pitch at the backstop. This time, he was so pumped up that he was throwing 96 MPH. But more on that later. 

Jake Peavy started the game, and gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Delgado. Obviously, things weren’t looking that great. Our ace threw 44 pitches in the first inning and gave up three runs.

But my Padres don’t get put down that easy. Not these boys. In the top of the third, Henry Blanco started it all off with a walk. Rookie Everth Cabrera came up to the plate and had an extremely impressive at-bat. He was taking pitches, running the count to full, and then getting a solid single. It was great. Jake Peavy came up and laid down the perfect bunt to move over the runners for Jody Gerut.

Jody singled Blanco in. NEXT! David Eckstein came up and drove Cabrera in. Brian Giles grounded out for the second out, but then Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked. Chase Headley came to the plate and drove in two runs with a single. Koooooz drove in Adrian for our fifth run. Then Henry Blanco, who started the inning, ended it with a strikeout. But the damage was done. We came back from losing 3-0 to winning 5-3 in one inning! I loved how we were able to play small ball, just getting singles, moving the runners over, and driving in some guys even with two outs. This offense is so much better than last year’s!

In the fifth, Adrian walked and Chase drove him in with a double for our sixth run. It was great! Chase had four hits on the night, driving in three runs.

Jake exited after five innings, so into the bullpen. Cla Meredith and Edwin Moreno threw one scoreless inning each. Duaner Sanchez, a former Met, gave up a two-run homer to Ramon Castro, making it a one-run game.

Onto the ninth, and Heath Bell. He got two quick outs, but then it was Delgado vs. Bell, head to head. Heath wasn’t going to get this save easily. He got two called strikes to start Delgado off, then two balls. Delgado proceeded to hit four foul balls. Heath threw him a ball, and then Delgado hit another foul. Finally, finally, Heath got a called strike to save his fifth game in five chances (that leads the majors by the way). I’m almost glad I wasn’t listening to that AB ’cause it would have been so stressing!

It was an excellent game. We won the series, 2 games to 1! We are still on top of the NL West with a 7-3 record, though we are tied with the Dodgers. This team is just amazing. It’s so exciting to be winning, and to have such a great team!!

Today we are playing the Phillies, Chris Young against Cole Hamels. What a pitching matchup! It’s going to be a great game!

Too bad I don’t get to listen to it though. I’m going on a retreat in the mountains by a lake this weekend. But this time it’s going to be for leisure and fun, instead of serving. I’m really excited, and I think it’s going to be a great weekend. I will miss blogging and listening the games and stuff, but I’ll be able to catch up when I get back. Of course, feel free to leave comments letting me know about how the Padres do or any big baseball news!

GO PADRES!!!  

#22

In the Latest Leaders this week, I got #22!! Last week, I was #23, so I’m moving along slowly but steadily. In continuation of Jimmy’s “dedication” tradition, I will dedicate this ranking to one Marcus Giles.
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Marcus played with the Padres in 2007. He is Brian Giles’ younger brother, and it was really cool to watch them play together that year. Marcus played second base for the majority of the year, but was released at the end of the ’07 season.

 
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I think he’s the only guy that has had #22 in the last few years, so he’s the man. He signed a minor league deal with the Rockies for 2008, but I think he was released after Spring Training. He spend 2008 just living in San Diego with his wife and three little girls. Just a few weeks ago he was signed by the Phillies and invited to Spring Training. I hope he does very well!

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In other news, the Padres signed a new play-by-play guy: Mark Neely. I think he’s related to bigpapi72, right?

Baseball is coming…I can feel it…but I think I’m going through a bit of writer’s block, so if this entry seemed a little strained, that’s why. I just can’t seem to be writing as well…AHHH!!!

Anyways, thanks to all my readers for getting me to #22. I would love to be able to dedicate a ranking to my favorite player, Kevin Kouzmanoff, soon…he’s #5…

2008 WORLD CHAMPIONS

Philadelphia was in a drought. But certainly not literaly: rain has been pounding the city for the past few days. No, this drought was the drought of their sports team, particulary the Phillies. The last time the Phils had won the World Series was 1980, an insane 28 years ago. What are the Rays whining about? They haven’t even been around that long.

In an epic game that spanned over three days, Cole Hamels was spectacular. He went 6 innings on 70-something pitches. Shane Victorino put the Phils up with a two-run single in the first. Singles by Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena got the Rays their first two runs. Enter the delay. The game started on Monday night. But it was postponed to Wednesday, right through Taco Day. When the game finally got started again, it was 2-2 going into the bottom of the 6th. The Phillies were able to get a run from Jayson Werth with a single. The Rays answered back with a Rocco Baldelli homer in the 7th. The Phils came right back to score on Pedro Feliz’s single. With the score 4-3 Phillies, the bullpens held quietly for an inning. Then Brad Lidge came in to close the game. This guy was shockingly solid all year. His outing last night was not one-two-three, as he had the tying run on second with two outs. But he struck out Eric Hinske to close the World Series and give Philadelphia the title. If you haven’t seen the on-field celebration yet, go to MLB.com and watch it. It is amazing. I love watching the celebrations!!

Cole Hamels is the MVP. It’s a no-doubter. What a great series! You gotta tip your cap to the losers, though. The Rays came a long way this year. They did something they had never done before: they got to the playoffs. And not just that, they also got the the World Series. They beat the defending champs. Though their hot hitters cooled down in rainy Philadelphia, they have some team there.

So, we have our 2008 champions: the Philadelphia Phillies. Now begins the long offseason…    

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