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Get Post-Parade Tickets At 3 P.M.

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, October 30, 2008 01:54 PM Comments: 43

Visit Phillies.com at 3 p.m. to get complementary tickets to the post-parade festivities at Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.

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Parade At Noon Tomorrow

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, October 30, 2008 12:00 PM Comments: 27

Who’s going to the parade tomorrow?

The route begins at 20th and Market Streets, heading down Broad Street to Citizens Bank Park.

I’ll be coming into 30th Street Station and fitting into the route somewhere. Where will you be?

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The Phillies Are Champions Of Baseball

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, October 30, 2008 11:15 AM Comments: 25

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Let’s go back and look at the most exciting 3.5 innings of our lives:

First off, Chase Utley made one of — if not, the best baseball plays I’ve ever seen. His clutch and throw home to throw out Jason Bartlett was unbelievable. That’s intelligent baseball right there. And that saved a potential go-ahead run.

Ryan Madson gave up the home run to Rocco Baldelli, but you cannot stress enough how large he pitched down the stretch. While most of us fawn over Utley and Howard and crew, Madson rose to the level of his homegrown peers with his postseason performance.

How about JC Romero? Clutch, clutch, clutch pitching in the seventh and eighth innings. And BJ Upton proves once again his inexperience with the biggest double play in Phillies history. Upton will be great, but last night he was a goat.

Geoff Jenkins and Pat Burrell reeled off the biggest hits of their lives to get runs going. The former made up for a season to forget with a huge double to right-center; the latter secured his place as a franchise legend with his double to left-center. When the Phils add Burrell to the Wall of Fame 10 years from now, that play will get the biggest cheer.

Pedro Feliz. Wow. What a gigantic hit. Right up the gut. I thought the Utley play changed the game around; this hit secured it. He may have gotten under our skin at times this season, but Feliz really redeemed himself there.

And then the ninth. Brad Lidge was calm as ever, got the job done, sent the city into euphoria.

Unreal. This all seems so weird, so dream-like. Drink it in, everyone. Just drink it in.

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PHILLIES WIN WORLD SERIES

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, October 29, 2008 09:45 PM Comments: 196

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World Series Game 5 : Rays At Phillies (3-1)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, October 29, 2008 06:30 PM Comments: 267

Game 5 : 2008 World Series
Score: Tied 2-2, Bottom 6th
Phillies lead 3-1

Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

If the Phillies score at least one more run than the Rays from here out, they are world champions. … Ryan Madson has been announced as the seventh-inning reliever for the Phillies. … The Phillies begin with a pinch hitter, then Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth.

Go Phillies!

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Four Hours Away …

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, October 29, 2008 04:00 PM Comments: 43

Let’s go Phillies!

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Stage Set For Burrell To Go Out On Top

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, October 29, 2008 01:28 PM Comments: 59

Call me crazy, but this is the time Pat Burrell will shine.

Burrell — who is 0-for-13 with five walks and five strikeouts in the World Series — likely will stride to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning in tonight’s game five. He could return in the bottom of the ninth. In one of those plate appearances, he’s going to come through.

We’ve seen a lot of storylines close as the postseason has progressed. We’ve seen Chase Utley prove clutch with a couple home runs and solid defense. We’ve seen Cole Hamels mature into a top-flight, elite pitcher. We’ve seen Ryan Howard come through huge in some big spots. Supporting players Matt Stairs, Eric Bruntlett and Joe Blanton have shone, while Shane Victorino, Jamie Moyer and Ryan Madson have realized their potentials and dreams.

But Burrell remains a chapter short. Sure his home run during game four in Milwaukee secured that series, but this is his stage. This is potentially his final game as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and his last as a Phillie at home. The longtime Phillie always seems to stash away a big moment, waiting for the perfect time.

Well …

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3=W: The Phillies Will Win It Tonight

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, October 29, 2008 11:40 AM Comments: 49

Here’s your positive post, Nation.

It’s the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Phillies are tied 2-2 in the fifth game of the World Series with a 3-1 lead. They’re at home, the weather is fair, and the crowd will be pumped.

Seriously, it’s in the bag.

Monday night should’ve been the wild party throughout the Delaware Valley we’ve waited 25 years to throw. The weather derailed that party for a short time, but here we are, pretty much in the same place we started, but in fact, in better shape.

Why?

The Phillies bring forth the best bullpen in Major League Baseball, from bell to bell. They have three more outs to play with than the Rays. The top of the order will get two turns, while the Rays could only see one with their big bats. Factor in the home crowd and already strong lead in the series, and guys, we’re looking very, very good.

This is the night: October 29, 2008. I’ve seen this team do its job all season long. They’ve come out, focused, determined, steadfast. And they’ve won. Now they have 3.5 innings to play. Trust me on this one: The focus is there, this team is ready, and I swear, the Phillies are winning the world championship tonight.

It’s in the damn bag.

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Let’s Simulate These Three Innings

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, October 29, 2008 10:01 AM Comments: 69

Remember RBI Baseball? They had a game mode where you could enter a contest at any point and create your own scenario. Say you wanted to be down three, load the bases and have Ryne Sandberg at the plate. Done.

Suddenly, that moment has come for real baseball.

I’m entering a game at the bottom of the sixth inning. The Phillies and Rays are tied 2-2. The Rays will have Grant Balfour on the hill, while the Phils will send up Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth.

I have 3.5 innings to score more than the Rays.

My question to you is: how do I do it?

Who do you want pinch hitting? Who do you want pitching in the seventh? Do you want to expand Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge over three innings? Do you want to play matchups? Do you want to use Joe Blanton for an out or two? Anything goes.

By the way, if I win, I win the World Series.

So how do I do it? How can the Phillies come through with 3=W?

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Tonight’s Forecast: Wind, Temperatures Near Freezing

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, October 29, 2008 09:14 AM Comments: 21

Here’s your friendly game 5.5 weather report:

8:37 p.m. start:

“Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the high 30s and winds about 14 m.p.h. coming from the west”

That’s from weather.com, via the Inquirer. With the wind chill, it’ll feel under 30 degrees.

Ah, baseball weather.

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