I’m winning. I’m winning. I’m winning. And I don’t intend on losing again. -Santana
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Like my main man Yogi Berra, I would like to say this to Bud Selig, “I want to thank you for making this day necessary.” That sure was fun, wasn’t it? Yes it was. Lightning round. The fifth game of the World Series. The Fightin’ Phils and the upstart Tampa Bay Rays. Finally. Finally the Series resumed approximately forty-five hours after it was suspended by Mother Nature.
You can talk about pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins who led off with a double and soon scored. You can talk about Chase Utley’s heads up play to the plate. You can talk about Pat Burrell’s double high off the fence in left-center. Heck, you can talk about a lot of things. But the story of this game, this series, this whole post season, is the story of Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge. Pitching wins championships. Nobody pitched better than these two cats done did. Nobody.
By now you know Cole Hamels was named MVP of this World Series, just as he was MVP of the NLCS, just as he would have been MVP of the NLDS if that award was given out. Every time this kid pitched, his team won. Every time. Even in games that started on a Monday and ended on a Wednesday. Yowza! Every time out, he was getting the title shot outdoors at the ballpark while the other team got a one-way ticket to Palooka-ville. Hamels joined Willie Stargell, Darrell Porter, Orel Hershiser and Livan Hernandez as the only players to win both MVP awards in the same season. Cole Hamels is special. He’s gonna be very special for a very long time.
Every time Brad Lidge came into close, he closed. Every time. Even in games that started on a Monday and ended on a Wednesday. Brad Lidge gets the Glengarry leads. Why? Because they’re for closers. Brad Lidge is a closer. If they had given Lidge the MVP, I would have understood. Lidge was once remembered as the guy who gave up the game-winning jack to Albert Pujols in Game Five of the 2005 National League Championship Series. Now he’ll be remembered as the guy who never blew a save all season. Now he’ll be remembered as the guy who struck out Eric Hinske on three straight pitches to win the City of Brotherly Love a World Series. Hamels and Lidge as good a one two punch the World series has ever seen.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!