–The Phillies REALLY need to get a hit with men in scoring position. This is ridiculous.
–The umpires have shown (and that Fox Trax or Trak or whatever has shown) that they are frequently wrong and totally replaceable. Weirdly enough, I think the Rays could have won Game 1 if the calls had been correct, while the Phillies had a shot at Game 2.
–I still hate Tim McCarver as an announcer. He may be a good guy or a decent family man or a soup kitchen volunteer, but he brings me no information or entertainment as a broadcaster.
–Didn’t Jimmy Rollins learn to bunt a couple years ago or so? How about being a sparkplug and getting on base?
–Pat Burrell’s next/last big contract is getting smaller with every at-bat.
–Maybe a sports psychologist needs to talk to the hitters.
–Brett Myers wasn’t good, but he wasn’t horrible.
–I really hope the home-field advantage works for us. If you’re reading this and going to one of the games, scream your head off. It’s your duty.
–I’d love to see Charlie Manuel do something crazy like Rays manager Joe Maddon does. Like bat Ryan Howard leadoff to get him more at-bats.
–I have a hard time believing that NL players who have “played” DH in the past few World Series have batted less than .100. What is up with that?
–I really like Joe Maddon’s postgame press conferences. He always has something interesting to say. I couldn’t believe he admitted he really didn’t know what the Phillies team was all about. Did he not watch any SportsCenter or Baseball Tonight ever? No game films after winning the ALCS? No scouting reports? And yet, he’s perfectly calm and cool about it.
–I think that if the Phils are to win this Series, they have to sweep all three at home. And I’m not sure they can do that.
–Jamie Moyer needs to step it up in what could be the biggest game of his career.
–People are still sleepin’ on Joe Blanton. I have faith in Big Joe.
–Philadelphia is getting a nor’easter this Saturday. (Here in Texas, we’re getting 80 and sunny. Just so you know.)