Phillies Breakfast Links, October 16, 2009: Pedro-mania, Young Cole Pout, Stealing Away

 

Phillies are banking on Martinez's playoff history

"It was really, really intense," Martinez said of his rehab (in 2007). "The most intense work I’ve ever done in my life. Two times I threw up while training and peed in my pants because I was out of control, it was so hard. I couldn’t do anything about it."

Brought to us by ajay in the FanShots, but it needs to be restated again here. One of the best sports quotes of all time.

 

Phillies' Park answers L.A. fans' snarls

With the crowd of 56,000 waving their giveaway towels, Park got Manny Ramirez to ground out to third, struck out Matt Kemp on a fastball clocked at 97 mph and induced an inning-ending groundout from Casey Blake. "That gun is not right. I'm old," said Park, 36, who had not pitched since Sept. 16 because of a strained hamstring.

 

Phillies Foil Dodgers' Strategy in Opener
I dunno, I kinda suspect most teams have "Don't give up multiple three-run home runs" stashed somewhere in their playbooks.

 

Phillies defense lets down Hamels
Amazing.

 

Playoffs: Manny misses twice in big moments
I can't stand the guy, but he did come through in at least one big moment.

 

Phillies Foil Dodgers' Strategy in Opener
I dunno, I kinda suspect most teams have "Don't give up multiple three-run home runs" stashed somewhere in their playbooks.

 

Lidge saves it as Phillies take Game 1 from Dodgers
Brad Lidge is fixed! YAY!

 

Martinez back where he started - The Boston Globe
Under the mango tree?

 

Phillies' Ibanez playing as if he's done this before
Played professional baseball? Yeah, he's done that before.

 

Second Guess: Did Torre have a 'Grady Little Moment' in NLCS?
Kind of unfair; it's only Game One.

 

Former Dodgers broadcaster Ross Porter analyzes Game 1 of the NLCS

Philadelphia's  Philllies  lead  the  National  League  in  runs  and  home  runs  so  their  eight  runs  and  a  pair  of  three-run  homers  against  the  Dodgers  in  game  1  of  the  LCS  were  not  that  surprising. What  really  hurt  the  Dodgers  in  an  8-6  defeat  were  three  walks  doled  out  by  Clayton  Kershaw  and  two  by George  Sherrill.

But if you know anything about Kershaw, those walks (91 on the season!) were totally foreseeable.

 

Now a Dodger, reborn Padilla to face former team
Will his blood alcohol content be higher or lower than his ERA?

 

In Game 2, Pedro Returns to Where It All Began
If this is Pedro's last game as a Phillie, it needs to be said: It's been a privilege watching him.

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