Cumpleaños Feliz: Cardinals at Phillies, 4/19/2013

"What exists without my knowledge exists without my consent." - USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies attempt to take better control of the series after a see-saw affair against the Cardinals last night.

Live every day as if it were your last! Well, that'd be kind of depressing. Live every day as if it were your first! Aside from the deep naivete and squishy, vulnerability of your skull, this sounds more reasonable. I'll admit, I took the inspiration for this game thread from the fact that today is indeed my birthday, but there's something that can be said for the metaphor of rebirth vis-a-vis the Phillies as well. At least after what was a frustrating and ultimately deflating affair last night.

Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards supposed that the world was destroyed and recreated anew every night by God -- the utmost kind of contingency and the utmost kind of forgetfulness. One hopes the Phillies, regardless of creed, can take the secular meaning of Edwards' claim to heart here: just forget about it and move on. New day, new opportunities. Go 'head like it's your birthday.

The lucky thing is that they don't have to face Adam Wainwright tonight; the bad news is that they get to face a resurgent Jaime Garcia, who is sporting a healthy elbow and a 1.86 ERA. Is it me, or do good Cardinals players just kind of grow on trees? You'd think the Phillies would want to emulate whatever they're doing. You'd think. Anyway, Roy Halladay is on the hill, and if there's any one of us who through sheer fury and determination could destroy and recreate the baseball world we find ourselves living in, it's Doc.

Discuss the theogeny of Roy and how good it is that I have made it through another year (oh, and baseball!) below.

Current Series

Cardinals lead the series 1-0

Thu 04/18 WP: Adam Wainwright (3 - 1)
SV: Edward Mujica
LP: Mike Adams (0 - 1)
3 - 4 loss

St. Louis Cardinals
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Friday, Apr 19, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Jaime Garcia vs Roy Halladay

Cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 15-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Sat 04/20 7:05 PM EDT
Sun 04/21 8:05 PM EDT

Roy Halladay

#34 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies





May 14, 1977

Jaime Garcia

#54 / Pitcher / St. Louis Cardinals





Jul 08, 1986

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