Thursday, August 30, 2007

Phils Sweep Mets!

The Mets are just one of those sports teams where, I not only hate the team, I intensely dislike their fanbase. Not all of them, mind you. Just the miscreants who are showing up at Citizens Bank Ballpark to douche-bag it up with their cheesy little chants and synchronized clapping. I beg Mets fans: Please stay in North Jersey or Queens or wherever the little crappy hovel is that you call home. Don't come to Philadelphia to watch sporting events. We just don't want you here.

Today, the Phils completed a sweep of the Mets with an 11 - 10 thriller down at the Cit House by raking former Phil Billy Wagner, who for some reason, always feels compelled to comment on the state of the Phils despite not having played here now for over a year and a half.

With the score 10 - 8 in the 8th inning, Mets manager Willie Randolph reveals his abject desperation to salvage one game in this series and brings in notorious choke artist Billy Wagner into the ballgame to try to close down the Phils. Now, anyone who remembers Wagner when he was a Phillie remembers him for two things:

1.) You cannot bring him into anything but a 9th inning save situation.
2.) Even if you bring him into a 9th inning save situation, he will choke up the lead in a big game that has playoff bearing (remember the 2005 Astros series in Sept? Don't remember? Check here and here).

Anyway, Wagner enters the game and promptly gives up a dinger in the 8th to his archnemesis Pat Burrell to make the score 10 - 9. That was Burrell's 2nd home run of this game and the 4th of the series. I can't imagine any of Burrell's homers have been as sweet to him as the homers he gets off of hated nemesis Billy "The Rat" Wagner. The Phils died after that, so it was then onto the 9th and the Phils bring in Tom Gordon.

Tom Gordon pitches the top of the 9th and did so flawlessly, which was no mean feat itself with the way he's been pitching lately. Then, with Wagner still in the game, he gives up a single to Jayson Werth. Not only did Werth get on base, but he inexplicably was able to steal both 2nd and 3rd base. Pinch hitter Tad Iguchi singled him home to tie the game and he then able to steal 2nd base with Jimmy Rollins at the plate. How the tying run in Jayson Werth was able to get to 3rd is bad enough, but to allow the winning run to get into scoring position was positively amazing to me. Further galling anyone with any knowledge of the Phillies, Wagner then intentionally walks Jimmy Rollins to get to....(wait for it).....Chase Utley? The same Chase Utley who hits lefties at a .359 clip? Really? All-star Chase Utley? Really? I can almost picture Billy Wagner wanting to "bring his heat to announce his presence with authority" Nuke Laloosh style when he was facing Utley. Utley works the count full and promptly singles to right field, scoring Iguchi with the game winner and sending South Philadelphia into total bedlam by completing the sweep of the hated Mets.

Other happenings in this series:

- In Game 1 of this series on Monday, otherwise known as the "Chase Utley Returns" game, Phils win 9 - 2 as Utley goes 3 for 5 and is given a heroe's welcome with "MVP, MVP" chants during the game. His home run in the 5th going the other way was one of the most exciting moments of the year.

- Game 2 was brought home by the Big Man, Ryan Howard, who went 3 for 5 with a 2-run homer en route to a 4 - 2 Phillies win. Pariah Adam Eaton pitched into the 6th inning in this one and didn't hurt the team (hopefully a sign of things to come).

- Game 3 had the weird ending in the top of the 9th with Brett "The Hitman" Myers on the mound and the Mets threatening to at least tie the game. With the Phils barely hanging onto a 3 - 2 lead, Brett Myers struggling mightily, and Met runners at 1st and 3rd, Met Shawn Green hits a dribbler to Jimmy Rollins who tossed to Tad Iguchi for the first out. As Iguchi went to throw to 1st to attempt to get Green out, the runner from 1st, former Phil Marlon Anderson plows into Iguchi and the play is called by the umpire as "baserunner interference" (ala what happened to the Phils against the Padres last week). The result was that Green was declared as out and the ballgame was thankfully over. This was a fortunate turn of events for local members of the media who might have had to ask Myers why he choked again, risking life and limb in the process.

Other Phils/Mets stuff:

-Apparently, there was some trouble in the stands at last night's game as a Mets fan got jacked up. Where's Michael Irvin and the NFL Prime Time team when you need them? (, the best national sports blog on the internet, provided the link. )

-I didn't see this until today, but apparently, a writer from the NY Post thinks the NL East race is over. We might need this guy to keep up writing crap like this, because I think the Mets have lost every game since he wrote it.

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