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Thursday, October 30, 2008

How 'BOUT dem Phillies?

Here's their Number One "Phan"...the "Phillies Phanatic":

Of course, it's a paid position, their official mascot.

The Phillies almost didn't make the playoffs, but once they got there, they also got right down to "bidness".

They made short work of the L.A. Dodgers to win the National League Pennant, then they proceeded to make short work of the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series...something they hadn't done since I was still in the military, back in 1980.

There was much "joy in Mudville" last night!
(So to speak)

Game Five was one for the books, what with the 6th inning being interrupted for two whole days, but "all's well that ends well".
(To use a cliché)

Unless, of course, one happens to be a Rays fan.

Interestingly enough, this was the first season in years that I didn't get out to see any of the Phillies games. If I was superstitious, I might think that meant something. But I'm not...



Blogger boberin said...

Woo Hoo indeed! Gonna try to get off tomorrow to head for the parade cause I'm pretty sure this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and even if it isn't...it's still sure to be an event unlike any other...ever...in this town!
Woo Hoo!

October 30, 2008 10:14 AM  
Blogger UpNorthLurkin said...

Jack, we were cheering all the way up here in Nor-dakotee for Chris Coste, the relief catcher. He is a native of our sister city, Moorhead, MN and we've watched him play from Legion ball to our semi-pro FM Redhawks. It was a thrill to see him hit that "pile" last night after the third strike!! He only played in two games, but we've determined he helped win....though he got an out, the base runners advanced and scored later in the inning! We're with ya! Celebrating all the way UpNorth!! ;o)

October 30, 2008 10:21 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Tough Series for me ... I grew up with the Phillies! I live south of Clearwater now. I like the Rays - I still think of them as the Devil Rays - and was happily surprised they had the 'stuff' this season. They were poo-pooed all season, and given no chance against the mighty Red Sox. But they beat 'em just like the Phils did the Dodgers!

Two great teams, but at the end I had to applaud and cheer for my Phillies!

What a weird Series! What's next? Playing in the snow?

Bud Selig: butt-head!

October 30, 2008 10:25 AM  
Blogger rusty said...

D-: Announcers
C-: Umpires
D-: Time of game
C: Games excitement
D: Commercials
C: Ray's fielding
B: Phillies fielding
C-: Ray's hitting
B: Phillies hitting
B-: Ray's managers
B: Phillies managers

Congratulations to the Phillies. I dislike the Fox announcers as they overly amplified every little mistake and made silly commentary. Example last night: "Hit the ball under the???? sign and it'll carry." Like the batters can arrange to do such a thing. I would much rather had the Phllies home TV announcers do the game.

Baseball runs too late in the season, like all professional sports: Hockey in June?, Baseball in November?, Basketball in June/July?, yaddah, yaddah. The World Series umpiring was atrocious.

Of course, this is a life long member of the Red Sox Nation writing this.

October 30, 2008 10:47 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Congrats, Camo!

I didn't watch any of the series this year. Had to work late most of this week and last. But my husband saw a bit of it, I think. He eats dinner so late it's on when he gets home from work ;)

I'm glad they won.

October 30, 2008 11:09 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Congratulations to the Phillies and their fans!! After the Cubs yet again pulled their obligatory "post-season play failure" routine, I was rooting for the Phillies to win it all...and they DID!! :-)

October 30, 2008 11:27 AM  
Blogger Ms RightWing's Ink said...

Hooray for your home team though as a paid government poverty participant I really wanted to see the other team win since they to pay their players only a half million dollars instead of two million.

Obama has to give them a pay raise!

Well, in honesty, I did watch the last game last night, not the Obama tear fest.

Once again, Hoorah for your team. I felt that same tingle up my leg when the Minnesota Twins won all those many years ago. FYI, I was in Philly that night on business. Spooky

October 30, 2008 11:37 AM  
Blogger camojack_senior said...

camo; great series, hope to see
more like it by the phils.
camo sr.

October 30, 2008 5:22 PM  
Blogger mig said...

Okay this is what I am thinking... I don't want to jinx anything...
Red Sox win, Kerry loses. Philly wins, Biden? Can I hope?

October 30, 2008 9:53 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Oh, if only Scranton had a team!

October 31, 2008 6:36 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

It might not be a once in a lifetime opportunity; after all, they did it 28 years ago, too.

Can I get another "Woo Hoo!!!"?

That "pile" was really something, huh?

Can you say "jubilation"? :-)

They very nearly did play in snowy conditions.

I can understand how your loyalties would be divided, but hey, you'd probably have been happy regardless of which team won the Series.

A: Phillies end result
F: Rays end result

I would much rather the Phillies home announcers did the game as well, but they didn't bother to ask us. Cretins. Some of the umpiring was atrocious, but I liked the...end result.

Thanks, kiddo! I was caught off guard by how profoundly affected I was at the final strikeout. It had been a long wait.

It's funny; the Rays thought they were going to walk away with it against the Phillies. In fact, there was apparently an article posted in the Phillies locker room about an interview with one of the Rays saying as much, something along the lines of "who are the Phillies, anyway?"

I guess they've answered that question.

Ms RightWing:
Obama wants to take more from the highest paid 5% of the baseball players and give it to the other 95%. I didn't watch the Obama "infomercial" either. There was nothing he could have said to convince me to ignore his record and his past/present associations or believe a single word that he says, for that matter.

You were in Philly what night on business?!

Hiya, Pappy! I'd love to see more of the same by the Phillies also, without having to wait another 28 years.

Jinx anything? Sounds superstitious.

But of course you can always "hope".

Again with the superstition? :-)


October 31, 2008 7:18 AM  

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