I assume some of you are still watching baseball out there, so add your comments.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Fox has Chris Myers on saying that Tampa Bay pitchers will be going to their mouths a lot. Thanks for the image, Chris. I miss Craig Sager and his garish suits.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Charlie Manuel has to make a move. And it’ll be Geoff Jenkins to pinch hit for the pitcher.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: This is sort of a critical part of the game for Tampa Bay. If the Phillies get to Chase Utley, Tampa Bay might need a lefty and that could mean a double switch that costs them one of their hitters.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Wouldn’t it be funny if they cut off beer sales after this inning like parks normally do in the seventh inning?
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Here is the box score by the way.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Bad start for the Rays. Double, bunt, RBI pop-up single off Iwamura’s glove. 3-2 Phillies. … Meanwhile A-Rod is sending text messages to Scott Boras asking whether he can opt out of his contract again.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Grant Balfour just said a lot of bad words in the dugout in his Australian accent.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: The Rays have literally everybody in the park rooting against them. By now, even the MLB officials, reporters, the Fox crew and everybody else wants to go home and have the season over with. Other than the Rays, nobody wants to get on a plane and go back to Florida.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Given that J.P. Howell is one of their best pitchers, will the Rays use him up here for two outs here and bring David Price in for the seventh inning?
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Does Cole Hamels even have to wear his uniform? They should have Ken Rosenthal find that out. It’s not like he can get in the game.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Cue the “The Yankees should sign Badelli!!!!” e-mails. People love this guy.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: If this series does go back to Tampa, the Rays will win it. The Phillies will have a 3-2 lead but the Rays will have Shields and Garza as their starters.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: According to the AP, a bunch of Phillies fans drove to Delaware today to heckle the Rays at their hotel.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Nice to see Bobby Meacham got a job already. Was that just him who sent a runner from second on an infield single?
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Pat Burrell will be an interesting free agent. He gets on base and he’s only 32.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Isn’t it time for the umpires to blow a call? It’s been 40 minutes.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Now here’s a big spot. Get a run home and you’re six outs away and still gave Brad Lidge.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: And now it’s 4-3 Phillies. Letting David Price warm up 17 times and not using him hasn’t worked out for Joe Maddon. Neither has that hat.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m: Fox is playing the Rocky theme. Very original.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Eric Bruntlett looks like he should be in one of those pickup truck commercials between innings.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Nice job by J.C. Romero. Charie Manuel leaves him in the game to hit so he can face Crawford. Then he falls behind in the count and gives up a leadoff single to a fast guy.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Double play. Never mind.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Just saw on ESPN.com that Greg Oden is out 2-4 weeks with a foot injury. How’s that pick looking?
Meanwhile the Phillies are three outs away.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: An inning too late, it’s David Price.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: If Philadelphia wins, which major city takes on the loser mantle? Seattle?
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Price is just ridiculous. His slider is 90-91 and his fastball 95-96. Very bad news for the rest of the AL East. These playoffs games will be great for his development.
Watch his arm action, he throws 96 easy. Some guys have to muscle up and get everything going downhill to throw like that. This guy has the ball explode out of his hands.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Here we go, Brad Lidge to try and nail down the World Series.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Those Cialis commercials are creepy. But say this for the poor Cialis users on TV, they all seem to have a wife who is 10 years younger and still hot.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: I like Brad Lidge. I covered the NLCS when he gave up that bomb to Albert Pujols and he stood at his locker after the game and answered the same questions over and over until there were no more questions to answer. Mariano is the same way. How a closer deals with defeat tells you a lot, I think.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: If you’re a cop in Philly, you’re buckling up now. It’s going to get ugly and they’ll have extra time to flip cars.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Still some life in those Rays. Have to run for Navarro, no?
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Yep, Fernando Perez of New Jersey and Columbia. Would not shock me to see Maddon send him. Why not?
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: There you go. The Rays are in business.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Hinske is only the roster because Cliff Floyd hurt his shoulder. Now he has to try and extend the Series.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: One strike left. Throw ‘em the slider, Brad.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: And that is that. It took 80 minutes. The Phillies are the World Series champions.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Now would be a good time to text your buddies who are Mets fans and saying something like “Wow, Jimmy Rollins is good.” I just did.
Meanwhile, Ryan Howard just leveled Lidge and Ruiz. You also have to love the awkward group man hug by the coaches.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: “I don’t care about that other crap,” says Lidge. Good for him. He’s now the guy who clinched the Series, not the guy who gave up that bomb to Pujols.
I’m certainly glad I predicted the Rays in six. Just brilliant.
UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: Jimmy Rollins is going to get a lot of commercials. He’s smooth.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Fox’s insipid Jeanne Zelasko just said “you got a World Series in your backyard” to the fans. Or right in the city. Either way, Jeanne. Meanwhile, Bud Selig is getting booed like he’s Apollo Creed.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Good for Pat Gillick, who is retiring.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: I love that they give guys a car for winning MVP. Because, you know, major leaguers can’t afford new cars.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Wow, a Camaro. Sweet.
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: Joe Maddon is a class guy, giving a good interview after losing. Nice to see a manager handle things like that. Maddon clearly has the respect of his players and those around him and he’s done a lot to improve the image of that team. The Rays made a smart hire when they chose him.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: That’s it for the live blog. Thanks for all the comments.
The baseball season is officially over and the Hot Stove can get started. I’ll be flying to California on Sunday for the GM meetings. The free agents can start to file now and the speculation can begin in earnest.