Phillies Have No Lee-Way

Ruben Amaro was right. OK, half right. OK, not right at all … but he had a good reason for ultimately making a bad decision. Back when Philadelphia was ready to burn itself to the ground after the Phillies GM decided to trade Cliff Lee to Seattle for Phillipe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and J.C. Ramirez, […]

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A Cy for a Cy? … Sigh

Deep breath Philadelphia. You can’t always get what you want. But if you try, sometimes you might find, you get what you need. Roy Halladay has gone from savior to consolation prize in a matter of 18 hours. As the megadeal ballooned by the second, Phillies fans went from perplexed to ready to burn Ruben […]

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Are You World Serious?

Breathe Phillies fans. Remember to breathe. Playoff baseball is exhausting, isn’t it? But it sure is fun … especially when your team has a flair for the dramatic. This is what legends are made of. This is why we watch. This is why we cheer. This is why we idolize. It wasn’t supposed to happen […]

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We’re World Champions

Philadelphia, that was awesome. That was a world-champion parade A world-bleeping-champion parade. “Charlie! Charlie! Charlie!” From 20th and Market to City Hall; from City Hall to South; from South to Shunk; from Shunk to Lincoln Financial Field; from Lincoln Financial Field to Citizens Bank Park. You guys were there. Lined up anywhere from eight to […]

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I Have a Dream

Take a deep breath, Philadelphia. Here we go again. At 8:37 p.o. (post-Obama) the Phillies will finally have a shot to close out the World Series in a mad three-inning dash. The city isn’t ready to talk about the possibilities that lie on the other side of those three innings yet, so let’s talk about […]

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Knowing Is Half the Battle

It took the Matt Stairs home run for the ’08 Phillies to know this was it. And now, Philadelphia finally knows it too. This feels different. This doesn’t feel like the past 100 seasons where we hoped. This feels like it’s it. This time we know. Game 4’s romp was bliss. There was no anxiety. […]

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Hate It or Love It

You’ll have to forgive me. It’s been 15 years since the Phillies have been involved, so I had forgotten: I hate playoff baseball. I hate watching the Phils squander opportunity after opportunity. I hate seeing guys I thought were clutch look so clueless out there (I’m talking to you, Werth and Dobbs). I hate wasting […]

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One More Ollie…

So here’s the thing: This stuff doesn’t happen to Philadelphia. In Philly, when the inexplicable occurs, it’s inexplicably bad. In Philly, when your manager and first baseman try to give away the game, they give away the game. In Philly, a 40-year-old has-been (or never was) can’t catch up to a professional fast ball and […]

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