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Here Comes a Regular: Padres at Phillies Gamethread, September 11, 2011

Everyone wants to be special here.

"Someone's gonna show up. Never fear."
"Someone's gonna show up. Never fear."
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I decided to put a small pause in my torch song series on account of it being the anniversary of, well, you know.

I'm not sure what exactly to say about it. I didn't see the Piazza home run; I was in the area at the time, but I was 16 and I didn't have much gravitas, so I don't have many deep memories about the moment; I don't have much of a political motive in commemorating a rough day. Hell, it might be a terrible idea to even be doing something about it now. Might be best to ignore it.

But there's something about baseball that calls for a memorializing impulse, and I can't seem to really get by the feeling that there's a kind of national reminiscence, beyond the showy patriotism, that makes this feel more like the anniversary of the last night we saw a good friend. Or the last time we slept in our childhood bed. Sad but in a kind of "drink a beer; watch a game" kinda way.

Maybe it's just me. But either way, however you're feeling tonight, I hope that Mr. Cliff Lee remembers his stuff, and that we get the kind of performance that ought to crackle on a staticky TV in a dive bar. See you there.

Current Series

Padres lead the series 1-0

Tue 09/10 WP: Andrew Cashner (9 - 8)
LP: Tyler Cloyd (2 - 4)
2 - 8 loss

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Eric Stults

#53 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres





Dec 09, 1979

Cliff Lee

#33 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies





Aug 30, 1978