Monday, October 27, 2008

And That Happened

Phillies 10, Rays 2: The Rays offense has disappeared, but when Ryan Howard wakes up and decides to start crushing the ball -- and when even the pitcher jacks one out -- whatever Tampa Bay does when they're at bat is kind of an afterthought. The Rays simply look awful. It seems that whatever magic or juju they had before was left in Fenway Park, and now they have to beat Cole Hamels tonight or go home defeated. Coming back from being down 3-1 isn't impossible -- six teams out of 42 to find themselves in that situation in the World Series have done it -- but nothing in the Rays' current game suggests that they have it in them.

7 comments:

Mr. Thursday said...

Cannot wait for the game tonight.

mooseinohio said...

Joe Blanton adds insult to injury by hitting a homerun to go along with his pitching performance. It would appear the Phillies could be celebrating at home tonight but as a Red Sox fan who still has a little PTSD from '86 - don't pop any corks or buy any t-shirts yet.

BTW - What is the equivalent to the pitcher hitting a homerun in other sports? A goalie has a shut-out and a goal? The kicker hits a really late long long field goal and then makes a great game saving tackle on the kickoff?

Ron Rollins said...

There is no equivalent. That's why baseball is the greatest game ever played.

Rob said...

How about an offensive lineman grabbing a tipped pass and rumbling down the field for a touchdown?

tHeMARksMiTh said...

And we left the Red Sox dead, too ... I'm still saying that if the Phillies don't close it out tonight, they're the ones in trouble.

bigcatasroma said...

Yeah, nothing quite like looking at past history to determine future events. That's the way to determine the outcome of a series, themarksmith, when a team needs one win, and the other needs two, to win the series. Past randomness and curseness. Puh-lease.

tHeMARksMiTh said...

I was just making the point that the series is not over. In the ALCS, everyone figured the Red Sox were done, but they came back (albeit they lost) and made it a series against the Rays. I just want to make sure that people don't automatically assume it's over. All the Rays need is a 3 game winning streak, not a miracle.