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oh yeeaaah…

what’s happening with the phillies?  nine run seventh inning?  chase utley working magic? oh yeah. I am at Rutgers, in New Brunswick.  The cable company only shows Mets and Yankees games here.  I miss EVERYTHING.

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Why I love this…

So I happened to be lucky enough to witness, in person at the Bank, one of the most inspirational and shocking 9th inning comebacks in baseball this past Friday.  Yes.  The game on July 9th against the Reds (for those of you struggling to catch up with me here).

Down 7-1.  A 9th inning, six-run rally to tie it.  Plus a walk-off homer in the tenth by Sir Ryan Howard.  Events like that leave a fan stuck with the only acceptable reaction–speechlessness.

Although I had been far from speechless.

My brother, my boyfriend, and I found our way to some two-hundred level standing room right behind home plate around the 8th inning.  Fully aware that this would be a perfect spot to view the Comcast Fireworks after the game–assuming the game was about to end soon in a sad, disappointing defeat.  Much to our happy surprise…No, no it wasn’t.

During this insane rally, we made friends with a friendly old man who worked as an usher at the park, we finally located my brother’s girlfriend Ali, and we screamed our lungs out after every home run.  No. Big. Deal.

By the tenth inning walk-off I was close to tears.  Honestly.  Looking around the ballpark, I was reminded just why I love the Phillies and why I love baseball.

While singing along with the great Harry Kalas to High Hopes, I felt like a kid at Christmas.  My boyfriend, Danny–a native of California and a growing Phillies fan–watched me sing (with a horrible cracking voice) at the top of my lungs with a giant smile on his face.  Who knows if that smile was out of embarrassment, adornment, or what else…

The theatrical fireworks after the game were a nice addition to an already amazing night.  Perhaps one of the best nights of my summer.

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Phillies bring the Bats

In their home-opener of the 2010 season, the Phillies proved that their line-up is a dominant force to be reckoned with.  Starting pitcher, Cole Hamels let up four runs by the fourth inning.  But the Phils rallied back from the 4-0 deficit to the Nationals with a five-run fifth inning led by third-basemen Polanco, and second-basemen Utley.

Chase Utley watches his two-run home run

This is one of the many reasons I love the Phillies.  They provide a good game.  I never lose faith in them.

Even with Jimmy Rollins scratched out of the top of the order just minutes before the game.  There was a noticeable shift in the crowd when Juan Castro ran out on the field to take the short-stop’s place.  During warm-ups, Rollins strained his right calf.

Hamels at the mound

The list of injuries grew when in the sixth inning, right-fielder Jayson Werth left the game with a tweaked left hip-flexor.  Ben Francisco took his place in the outfield for the rest of the game and all signs point to Werth exiting for simple precautionary reasons.

Although Hamels’ home-opening start was rocky, he recovered.  Pitched a perfect fifth, and secured two outs before handing the game over to the ‘pen in the sixth.

But clearly not even injuries can deter the Phillies offense from bringing the bats.  The Fightin’s are 6-1, with 50 runs scored in those first 7 games.

Being stuck in North Jersey, Phillies games are out of my market.  Unfortunately, I’m stuck with the Yankees or the Mets.  I do have a somewhat solution to the problem–I get Phillies update texts sent to my phone during the games.  There is nothing more exciting than having your phone vibrate for about ten minutes straight when the Phils have an explosion of runs like they did in the fifth on Monday.

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Welcome (Back) to the Phillies

Welcome (Back) to the Phillies, Placido Polanco.  With a Grand Slam in the 7th against the Nationals in their Home Opener yesterday, the third-basemen secured his spot as a Phillie.

Polanco watching his Grand-slam

Although, he’s not exactly a new addition, like Doc Halladay.  The Phillies traded Polanco to Detroit back in 2005, and this season he’s back–taking the place of Pedro Feliz.

The Phils went on to win their first game of the season 11-1 in Washington.

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Baseball is back

Everyone can now take a huge sigh of relief.  Baseball has returned to our lives.

If anyone one else is like me, you’ve sank into a depression since November, and the only cure is Opening Day.  Yes, I do follow baseball year-round.  Watching trades, monitoring off-season surgeries.  And I also get very excited when spring training begins.  However, nothing makes me happier than to say  “Phuck yes, It’s Phillies season!”

I found cheap tickets ($2, to be precise) to the last exhibition game held in Citizen’s Bank Park before the season officially started.  So Ali, Tyler, TJ, Coleman and Ali’s two friends–Jake and Nikki–and I enjoyed an afternoon of tailgating and Phillies.  We set our alarms, packed my car, and got to our usual spot (Lot M) bright and early to start the celebration.  We tailgated for a few hours before the 1:05 game.  I even showed off my masterful skills in a gentleman’s game of wiffle ball.

This should be framed for all of eternity.

Yes, there was no actual 'wiffle ball', we were forced to use bean bags.

"No pictures, please."

Team Blue

I’ll be one of the first to say, there really are no “bad-seats” in the Bank.  We were on the upper deck in 309.  I know Coleman wouldn’t argue.  He’d originally met us in the parking lot just to tailgate.  But Ali bought a $10 ticket from a scalper outside the park as we walked in.  I hope you enjoyed missing you’re little brother’s birthday for a Phillies game, Coleman!

TJ is sporting women’s MY sunglasses, while Coleman is actually sporting somewhat of a smile.  For those of you who don’t know Mr. Coleman.  He has no first name, and is the most evil heathen ever.  Not really.  But he finds humor in the most devious aspects of life.

So now that the season has begun, I feel just a little bit happier.  It’s as if my life has purpose again–to follow each and every game, pitch, home run, walk, hit, ball and strike from now until October.  Go Phils!

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Werth. Shaved.

The scruff has come to an end.  At the beginning of Spring Training,  Jayson Werth arrived with a massive ode to masculinity.  His beard was the talk of the town.  And by town, I don’t just mean Clearwater, FL.  Phillies fans across the nation erupted in shock when the grizzly bear right-fielder showed up for practice.

I’m stuck in North Jersey, so my fill of Phillies madness is quite low.  I can only imagine how much more it was covered down south.  He’s a fan-favorite–topping Cole Hamels in the poles for “Hottest Phillie”.  I’m sure I wasn’t the only Phemale Phillies Phan to have an opinion on his facial transformations.

“Scruff” was an understatement for this man’s face.  Words like “Chewbacca”, “Grizzly Adams”, and “Wolf-man” seemed more fitting.  But, alas, his beard is no more.

I don’t know how visible it is in the picture, but it looks as though Werth has returned to him infamous “soul-strip”.  He famously sported the thin-lined goat-tee all season in 2009.  Perhaps the trim is more weather-friendly?  I can only imagine that beard would’ve been incredibly hot during those summer games as he stands in the outfield.  It certainly wasn’t aerodynamic, perhaps even inhibiting his amazing ability to steal second or third.  Or even Home!  As we know from his stunning display last May against the Dodgers.

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In the end, this grooming is probably a good thing.  Scraggily, sweaty beards do not look good on anybody in the summer.  I imagine the amount of dirt from the infield that could possibly get into that thing while sliding would just be unmanageable.  The man has speed.  Anything that gets in the way is just bad.

I’m heading home to Philly for the last exhibition game on Saturday.  I can’t wait to see the Phillies in action for the first time this season.  I’ve been waiting since November for Baseball season to begin and it’s finally here…

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