Tonight is the 29th anniversary of the Phillies’ first World Series title, and they celebrated it by winning a second straight National League pennant.
Whether the Yankees finish off the ALCS or the Angels stage a huge comeback, whoever faces the Phillies will have their hands full. The Phillies have Cliff Lee and a bullpen that seems to have stabilized, at least for the moment, as well as a lineup that is more “American League” than most teams that actually play in the AL.
Ryan Howard won the NLCS MVP, and said afterward that he has been impressed by the chemistry the Phillies have had this season.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been on a team that’s been so fun,” Howard said. “To be able to make it to this point again, it’s definitely something special.”
Meanwhile, Joe Torre and his team can’t seem to get past the Phillies. This is the second straight year they’ve been bounced by Philly in five games, and Torre – who has one year left on his contract and has said he’ll return – admitted it’s frustrating.
“They’re confident, they’re talented, and they’re going where we all want to go right now — the World Series,” Torre said.
One last thought: If the Yankees do make it to the series and face the Phillies, both teams better reinforce the upper-deck facings in right field; there could be a TON of home runs as two slugging teams face off in two hitter-friendly ballparks. That’d be some great, great theater.
Back at it with Game 5 tomorrow. Be sure to check in all day for Flash Points, the game post and all the rest of the news and notes from Angel Stadium. The second batch of playoff Champagne is on ice.