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It's a Lot Like...: Phillies at Brewers Gamethread, June 9, 2013

In which we explore metaphors because exploring baseball is too much of a drag.

"Now just remember what I told you, Kratzy.  All similes are metaphors, but not all metaphors are similes."
"Now just remember what I told you, Kratzy. All similes are metaphors, but not all metaphors are similes."
Rich Schultz

So there's another game today. Another game against Milwaukee. Another game where a win signifies a series split and a constant entropic flow back towards .500.


There is a lot of literary bloviation that imagines baseball as metaphoric for life, and it's moments like this that I kind of wish the metaphors were a little less compelling. The 162 game season is a persistent slog, albeit often an enjoyable one, and when the analogies all end up looking like "x is just like a marathon; is like putting one foot in front of the other; is like a regression to the mean," you can start to see why its analogy to a human life is more wistful than winsome.

Still, we press on, boats against the current. It's possible, anyway, that today will be another victory -- for the Phillies and for you. And don't forget: in the long calculus of the thing, even an oppressive baseball season is a majestic and wonderful thing. It's certainly true also of life. That's the flipside to the sad analogy: it's reversible.

Discuss tropes and my disconcerting turn to existentialism below!

Current Series

Brewers lead the series 2-1

Thu 06/06 WP: Tyler Cloyd (2 - 2)
LP: Wily Peralta (4 - 7)
5 - 1 win
Fri 06/07 WP: Francisco Rodriguez (1 - 0)
LP: Jeremy Horst (0 - 2)
4 - 5 loss
Sat 06/08 WP: Tyler Thornburg (1 - 0)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez
LP: Kyle Kendrick (6 - 4)
3 - 4 loss

Philadelphia Phillies
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT
Miller Park

Jonathan Pettibone vs Kyle Lohse

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Jonathan Pettibone

#44 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies





Jul 19, 1990

Kyle Lohse

#26 / Pitcher / Milwaukee Brewers





Oct 04, 1978