World Series: Phillies at Yankees, Game 1

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 28, 2009 05:57 PM | Comments: 595
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YankeesPhiladelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

Cliff Lee, LHP vs. CC Sabathia, LHP

Time: 7:57 p.m at Yankee Stadium
Weather: Cloudy, 50
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The wait is finally over.  At 7:57 eastern time, the Philadelphia Phillies will defend their crown against the 26-time champion New York Yankees.  History is at stake in this series, as the Phillies look to become the first NL team to repeat since the Big Red Machine in the mid-70′s.

Cliff Lee is the man to start this thing up.  Lee has been unstoppable in the playoffs thus far, sporting a sub-one ERA.  He has pulled a Cole Hamels this postseason by putting the team on his back when it counts the most. Lee has two wins and just three walks against 20 strikeouts so far.  In this all important Game 1, let’s see how Lee responds to the bright lights of the Bronx.

On the other side is 6’7″, 280-pound, C.C. Sabathia.  He’s been just as unhittable as Lee, dominating both the Twins and Angels in his three starts this year.  He’s 3-0 with an ERA of 1.19, proving that last years blowup against the Phillies in the NLDS with Milwaukee is in the past.  With two lefties on the mound, we could be in for quite the duel.

Offensively, these teams are as close as they come.  Both hit for ridiculous power, play in smallish parks, and boast the scariest lineup in their respective leagues. If your looking for a weakness on either side, keep searching.  For New York, their defense is probably their Achillies heel, if there is one to choose.  They don’t commit many errors, however, their outfielders have suspect arms and catcher Jorge Posada has a surgically repaired shoulder which could mean more Phillies running the bases.

The Phillies downfall is clearly the back end of their bullpen. Brad Lidge floundered through the regular season, but has since picked it up to record three saves and a win in the ’09 postseason.  Lidge has not allowed a run yet either, and the same goes for Chad Durbin, who has seen action in five games without allowing a runner to score.

It’s a series that’s as evenly matched as they come.  Forget about words – there is nothing left to predict or describe when it comes to the Phillies and Yankees.  It’s all up to the players on the field as they battle for baseball immortality.  Tonight, our National Pastime begins its 105th Fall Classic.

Phillies. Yankees.  Game 1.  Let’s rock.

Phillies Lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (DH), Francisco (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C).

Yankees Lineup: Jeter (SS), Damon (LF), Teixeria (1B), Rodriguez (3B), Posada (C), Matsui (DH), Cano (2B), Swisher (RF), Cabrera (CF).

FestbierYour Gameday Beer – Victory Festbier
Phillies fans are ready to party and we’re ready for a victory so tonight’s beer is an easy pick. It also helps that it’s a Philly-area beer in the Marzen/Oktoberfest-style. This full-bodied brew retains an earthy taste to go along with its sweet caramel, toffee, and roasted malt flavors – perfect for the fall weather. Festbier goes well with German food, in which case I think a cheesesteak on a pretzel roll would qualify. – By Brian



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  • Posts: 0 Wes

    Yuck the Fankees!! Let’s do this….

  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    What did that newest Birdland shirt say? “What they can’t buy, we’re gonna take”?

    Truer words were never spoken so eloquently.

    The final stage in becoming WFC ’09 starts tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Obes

    love the beer choice today!

    i picked up a six of Victory’s Prima Pils for tonight’s festivities. which may not mean much to all the illadelphites, but i live in San Fran now and Victory just starting showing up here (finally).

    i couldn’t think of a more fitting beer for tonight. Victory. Prima P(h)ils.

    git ‘em fightins!

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Let’s do this.

  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    MAN,….is it 7:57 yet?

  • Posts: 0 Mo

    Im going to mo the philliesnation down tonight. Broxton and Street, please. Im da man. Better hope your not trailing in the 8th inning. LOL

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Lets get it on.
    this has all the makings of a classic series. Go phils.

  • Posts: 0 Stu

    My prediction..Utley 2 run HR to start things off in the 1st (It worked last year!). Phillies win 5-3.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok guys! We got a game with the Yankees tonight! And that only means one thing! Bad news for the Yankees.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Love the beer choice tonight, but I have been drinking it for the past 5 weeks straight. I bottled the leftovers from a keg. But tonight I am going with some Victory Whirlwind to sum up the season and Stoudt’s Gold.

    Last year, right before the series, I had bought a 4 pack of Beamish Ale. And placed them in my fridge. After each win I drank one. I picked up a 4 pack yesterday. Let’s go Phils.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    let’s go PHILLIES!!! :D

  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    WOW….. Phils vs Yanks , I still cant belive it.
    This is going to be a classic. LETS GO PHILLIES… LETS GO !!

  • Posts: 0 Scooter

    Phillies will J-Roll to another world championship!!! Go Phillies!!! team to repeat!

  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    I am ready! Towel in Hand! Let’s Go Phillies!

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Put me in the game Chuck. I played in high school! I was the best Left Fielder that never was. I’m so excited. Just minutes away!

  • Posts: 0 nate

    anybody find it ironic that the yanks are using the “evil empire” theme from star wars to introduce the phils?

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    That’s charming: boo the manager, then tell us again how mean Philly fans are.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Nate: Good point.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    big karmic mistake playing the empire music for us and the rebel music for them

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I love it though Tracey. I really do. I can wait to see their faces when we beat the mess out of’em!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    You know, we beat CC Sabathia last time we were in that stadium.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    And Cliff Lee has beaten the Yankees in that stadium (I heard he was the first person to win a game there, or maybe the first opposing pitcher to win there)

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    let’s destroy them!

  • Posts: 0 nate

    phils outfield american flag is bigger.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    One of the Channel 3 news guys commented earlier tonight that the Yankees have replaced The House that Ruth Built with The House that A Billion Bucks Built

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    You can’t tell me that C.C. and A.J. Burnett aren’t very nervous about facing our Monster lineup. They’re aren’t enough $$$$ to cure that.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    ObviosLEE we don’t have to CHASE the pennant any MOYER but we still have to figure out HOWARD going to bring another one home. We have to keep ROLLINS up the STAIRS because it’s WERTH yelling with our hands in the EYRE and hanging off the L…IDGE because it will all end in A VICTORINO in 2009. If they follow the MANUEL the PHILLIES fans will be HAPPy and we will RAUUUL…….Go Phillies!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    C.C. vs Lee matched up in the 1st ever regular game there in April.

  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    I said the same thing about the star wars…..guess we needed to be reminded that we are visiting the death star! Good always beats evil!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Gotta love Yogi. :D

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ahhh crap. Joe Buck.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I pay $1000 for a TV, yet there is not a feature to get Joe Buck off of it. Better go get my radio.

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Here’s Timmy. Timmy….. I’m getting sleepy. Very sleepy……

  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    I hope we do well…

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Yeah and it only took 6 installments for good to beat evil? Coincidence? We will find out.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    and the World Series begins . . .

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    what the hell Jimmy?

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.


  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Like the idea of the bunt. Just was not executed very well.

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    I love it when you call me Big Poppa! Things that make you smile. What numbers to dial…. Here we go! Good idea though Jimmy!

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    That was odd to start off with a bunt…,

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Patience, Jimmy, patience.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    all day I had visions of Jimmy leading off the game with a bomb…guess not.

  • Posts: 0 Phuck the Phillies

    Nice bunt dbag

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I love the bunt. Get fat boy off the mound and moving and exploding his ankle.

  • Posts: 0 ryan coward

    nice bunt!!

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    weak first inning so far

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    phuck your Mother!

  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    lets go phillies

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Way to make’em throw pitches Chase. Are u watchin Jimmy/Shane?

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