Hello friends from the past! Perhaps you are visiting July 31st to see what the Phillies did at the trade deadline. Perhaps you are going to be disappointed! But at least you have time travel, so maybe just travel back to 2009 and enjoy that all over again.
All kidding aside, when I wrote my recap last night, I thought the "even if nothing happens, there is still the Phillies" theme wouldn't be so darn literal, but here we are. Michael Young is in the lineup; Delmon Young is in the lineup; but Cody Asche is also in the lineup. So that's kind of exciting. The sad truth, though, is that 11.5 games back from the Braves in the division, the Phillies are kind of playing for draft seeding and pride. And since those things are kind of at odds, it's going to be a weird couple of months.
So maybe we should start watching for the little things. The giffable moments. The enjoyable comments. The brain-breakingly bad managerial decisions. And every minute you get more frustrated about the fact that Cody Asche might get sent down or sat down just to save the professional feelings of Michael and Delmon Young or the gut instinct of Charlie Manuel, just remember: January's around the corner. A time where you would rip off your mother for a sweet hit of Chad Durbin versus Yuniesky Betancourt at Brighthouse Field. Winter is coming; enjoy the heat while it lasts.
Phillies lead the series 1-0
|Tue 07/30|| WP: John Lannan (3 - 4) |
LP: Barry Zito (4 - 8)
|7 - 3 win|
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT
Chad Gaudin vs Kyle Kendrick
Cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.
|Thu 08/01||7:05 PM EDT|
#57 / Pitcher / San Francisco Giants
Mar 24, 1983
#38 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies
Aug 26, 1984
A funny story about tonight's SF starter: in the 2009 World Series, when there was some question of who would start, I believe, game seven (when there was still a chance to get to a game seven) for the Yankees. Mike Missanelli (that charmer) was sure that the Yankees would start CC Sabathia on short rest because they had no good alternatives. One of those bad alternatives was Chad Gaudin, an option that Mikey Miss found particularly hilarious. So now, whenever I see Gaudin's name, I just hear Missanelli going "Chahd Gowdayyn? Chahd Gowdayyyn?!"
So now you can have that curse too.