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Phillies Breakfast Links, October 14, 2009: Old Friends, Old Foes, Chan Hos.


Five questions about Philadelphia Phillies-Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS
Tim Kurkjian likes us! In seven games!


Sam Donnellon: Lidge shows he can make the save
Yes, because two games upends an entire season's worth of performance.


Lidge again saves when it matters
This is dangerous thinking, and it leads to disappointment.


Money can’t measure chemistry when it comes to Phillies
I do wonder how different all these "grit and hustle" puff pieces would have been had Jim Tracy had the brains to replace Huston Street with Joe Beimel when Ryan Howard came to the plate the other night. Would they be talking about a "super talented club that is underachieving"?


Phillies fans have embraced Ibanez' blue-collar style
I love Raul Ibanez's attitude and work ethic, but does anything about him really scream "blue collar"?


Dodgers’ third-base coach Larry Bowa knows Phillies, and their fans
I wonder how he felt about the guy leading the parade, on the wagon with his dog...


Phils-Yanks World Series in the works?
Some pretty interesting... um sorry, what?


Matthews: ALCS will have feel of World Series
Ah, I love the pre-emptive ex post facto reasoning.


Baseball Needs a Series That Will Truly Be a Fall Classic -

Still, what Major League Baseball needs is a great World Series, a Series for the ages. And with all due respect to those two other potential matchups, it’s a Yankees-Dodgers World Series that could take the game back to its roots at a time when baseball desperately needs to recover a portion of the trust, if not the innocence, that it has lost in the steroid era.

So, in order to get past the "Steroid Era," baseball needs a World Series featuring Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez. Gotcha, New York Times. This is why no one buys your miserable rag anymore.


Philly, NYC May Go Head to Head—Twice
The Sports Complex parking lots would look like someone set off a suitcase nuke down there.  And someone might just do that.


Park making progress
I say "Chan," you say "Ho!"


For Phillies, it's bullpen a la Manuel
Necessity is the mother of invention.


Report: Billy Wagner might retire, stop at 385 saves
Bye, Rat...


Torre keeping quiet on his rotation plans