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Phillies Playing The Quiet Team

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, October 08, 2008 11:53 AM | Comments: 16
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I’ve been scrolling through “expert” predictions lately, and most people think the Dodgers will beat the Phillies in the NLCS. They’re basing it off the fact the Dodgers are a hot team (as if they forgot the Phils have won like 17 of their last 22 or something).

Whatever. The Dodgers are getting a lot of national press. Of course they would. Big market team. Manny Ramirez. Joe Torre. Manny Ramirez. Manny Ramirez.

The Red Sox are getting their press because they’re the Red Sox. And the Rays are getting their press because … well … they’re the Rays. What a turnaround.

But the Phils aren’t really getting the same amount of press, at least from my point of view. Jayson Stark, of course, is giving some press to the Phils, and he writes about how this year’s Phils are trying to vanquish the ghosts of 1964, 1977 and other years people don’t remember, despite the fact they really don’t care about those teams.

Basically, Stark writes that the Phils are focused on the prize.

And that’s what I’m glad for. I’m glad the Phils aren’t getting ridiculous press. I’m glad people are kind of quiet on the Phils, and predictions are ruling them out. They can just focus on the NLCS, winning it, moving on. Those other teams can have the microphones and tape recorders in their faces. You can’t see 20/20 when that’s the case.

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  • I am sure Charlie Manuel and the Phils will prefer to fly under the radar. Both teams have been hot so home field advantage might be the difference.

     
  • Posts: 0 Elizabeth

    Under the radar is where we need to be. The one game at a time philosophy is based on going out and doing a job while still having fun. Charlie’s guys can do it!

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan

    its so strange to me that the dodgers are being picked to win this series. i think it just shows a distinct national media bias against philadelphia. i can’t see any other reason. i see this type of shit time and time again. even when the phils beat the brewers in the playoffs all they talked about was the brewers. and they still talk more about the mets even though they are on the golf course right now.

    the phillies are clearly a better and more talented all around baseball team than the dodgers are. just look at their records to prove it. but the better and more talented team doesn’t always win. so i won’t say the phillies are a lock. but they should definitely be considered the favorite. the dodgers were barely above .500 this year. gimme a break with them. they’re a fraud

     
  • Posts: 0 Sean P.

    Yea, i agree… The phillies get no credit. After the Brewers won a game in the last series all i heard was the Phillies can’t hit and their not producing runs – eh hehm – their still up in the series 2-1.

    Great arcticle by Jason Stark on ESPN
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs2008/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=3631357

    That arcticle just goes to show that the players can’t comment on the Fans frustrations b/c they really have no clue about the history of Phillies and Philadelphia sports. Don’t ever say were not good fans – how do they like us now !

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    The Phils generally thrize most when in the underdog status.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Very good article Sean p.

     
  • Posts: 0 Anth

    Phils win this series 4-2, count on it. Then the press can suck on that, and count us out in the WS too.

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan (from LA)

    ryan said: “the dodgers were barely above .500 this year. gimme a break with them. they’re a fraud”

    With Furcal back and healthy, the dodgers really don’t have a whole in their lineup. We don’t necessarily have a lot of home run guys (even though Manny has been on a tear), but we get it done with timely hitting and smart baseball.

    I fully agree that the national media is biased, but comparing the dodgers bias to the red sox-east coast bias is not fair. They are not even in the same category. Same thing happened to the Dodgers when they beat the cubs. ESPN hardly talks about the Dodgers, but rather talks about the Cubs collapse. Not to mention that the the red sox airtime is sickening…

    I really don’t see how you can say that the Phillies are a far and away favorite for this series. Pitching wins championships, and the Dodgers have great pitching. (Your lefties should watch out if Kuo comes back strong.) I’m not saying that the Dodgers should be the favorites either. I actually think that this series is one of the most evenly matched that we’ve seen in a long while. Remember, with all the injuries they’ve sustained this year, the dodger record doesn’t reflect the current dodgers squad. Go blue!

     
  • Posts: 0 Groty

    All of the Mets and Yankees fans have jumped on the Dodgers jock. It’s pathetic. I’ve seen lots of new Dodger Blue hats up here in CT in the past week. Pathetic, truly pathetic.

    I do have a wish. I hope the Orioles put something together soon. I’d love to see Tampa and the Orioles own the AL East for the next decade. That would be a beautiful thing.

    Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan

    ryan from la: i’m not saying the phils are far and away favorites. but they should be favored. slightly.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Also remember that the Cubs just really stunk it up against the Dodgers. They had so many errors and just over all dumb mistakes. The Cubs weren’t playing that good baseball from the moment they clinched home field on.

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan (from LA)

    Fair enough… Either way, it’s going to be a great series!

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam

    They’re favored more heavily with the bettors in Vegas, as the odds show the phillies are getting more action. And that accuscore thing shows we have a 56% edge in tomorrow’s game…The sports writers can’t get enough of boston and La. The NBA title game is enough to show that.

    I just hope the phillies are prepared, and I think they will be.

     
  • Posts: 0 John Shade

    Dodger fan here. I can’t wish your team too much luck, but I can say they scare me way more than the Cubs did. The Cubs–well, they were the Cubs. Whereas yours is a club with some scary bats, some strong pitching. I dunno. I just figured I’d weigh in to say that, while the media might be jumping that Dodgers bandwagon like crazy, some of us–no matter how biased in the opposite direction–recognize the Phillies are an incredibly tough club and a great franchise. Hoping for a great series, even if we define “great” differently.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scotty Dodger

    Based on us (Dodgers) sweeping you in four games at home and you returning the favor in a home series against us, I regret that we don’t have home field in this series. I think it will loom large. I won’t predict victory, but I will predict a Game 7.

     
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