Saturday, September 27, 2008

Magic Number 1

Today is the biggest game of the season for the Phillies. Win and they're in.

It's that simple.

And with the Mets moving Santana up to pitch on three days' rest (because if they don't win today, tomorrow doesn't matter), the Phillies can't simply sit back and wait for the Mets to lose. It's time to claim their division title, not wait around for someone else to hand it to them.

Unfortunately, this game will be shown on Fox. That both means bad national announcers (probably including the ever-irritating Tom McCarthy) rather than Harry Kalas in the booth; and it also means that in the event the Phillies do win, I don't know if anyone locally will be showing the post-game celebration.

Of course, it's WAY too soon to be concerned about that.

All I care about right now is getting through the top of the 1st inning without giving up any runs.

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