We are the champions my friends; and we’ll keep on fighting – till the end. We are the champions. We are the champions. No time for losers ’cause we are the champions of the world. -Queen
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! To be the man, you gotta beat the man. Woooooooo! What’s crack-a-lacking sports fans? The Phillies’ bats, that’s what. They’re crack-a-lacking. They’re on the attack-a-lacking. Taking you back to the warning track-a-lacking. I know in this space I’ve said the Yankees were the team to beat. But like my main man Edward De Bono always says, “If you never change your mind, why have one?”
I have a mind. A sound mind. A profound mind. I changed mine. How could I not? Have you seen what these guys are done doing? These guys have gone yard in every game of this here post season. That’s right, the Phillies have gone yard in each of their last eight games. That includes all five games against the Dodgers. The only other team to go yard in each game of a National League Championship Series of at least five games was the 2004 Astros. How about that?
How about this? Last night, Jayson Werth gave the Phillies the lead with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the first. It was the third straight game that the Fightins scored two or more runs in the first inning. Know this: The 1989 Cubs are the only other team with a streak of that length in a League Championship Series.
Know this too: Chase Utley walked in the first inning to extend his streak of reaching base safely in postseason games to 25. That ties the Orioles’ Boog Powell for the longest such streak in postseason history. Utley has reached base in every postseason game he has played with the exception of his postseason debut.
So while previously I proclaimed the New York Yankees as the best team in the playoffs, I changed my mind. If somebody besides A-Rod does not start hitting, the Yankees will not beat these Phillies. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Jason Werth, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz, Cliff Lee: nine players on the field functioning as one single unit. Team, team, team. No one more important that the other. The Fight, Fight, Fight-in Phils! It’s a tough, tough, team to beat. They’re out to win, win ev-’ry day. Every victory is sweet!
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Peace out homies. Six two and Even!