I know one reason: neither team has won four games. But if that’s not a good enough reason, Jon Heyman has a few others.
1. The Phillies aren’t called the Fightin’ Phils for no reason.
And he can see no reasons ’cause there are no reasons. Tell me why I don’t like Mondays. Brannock devices aren’t called Brannock devices for “no reason” either, but it’s for a better reason than a slogan shoehorned into a slug for an article. And you gotta love the Boomtown Rats.
And they aren’t the defending champs for no reason, either.
My head doesn’t not hurt for no reason when reading that mangled wreck of a sentence.
As Yankees GM Brian Cashman said, “We’re playing the world champions, and it’s going to take a world-championship effort to beat them.”
The two teams playing in the world championship of baseball will need to effort like world champions to be world champions. Otherwise, the Pirates are going to sneak in the back door and swipe the whole thing when no one is looking. Got it.
Being down 3-2 isn’t going to faze the Phils. They create comebacks without the fanfare and cream pies that have marked the Yankees’ wonderful season,
If you are going to call AJ a jackass, call AJ a jackass and keep your hand out of your sarcastic pants’ pocket.
but the Phillies did post a National League-high 43 come-from-behind wins.
But the Yankees did post a world-high 51 come-from-behind wins. Watch the Yankees and Fightin’ Phils trip over each other in a foot-race to the back-of-the-line to show their come-from-behindedness.
Manager Charlie Manuel considered talking to them as a team before Game 5, but Jimmy Rollins said Manuel merely threw up his hands when it became clear the Phillies were as focused as ever.
That’s world-championship-caliber managing. Or he had a stroke.
According to Rollins, the only major change they made going into Game 5 was to remove Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind from their pregame clubhouse soundtrack. (Not sure if Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom is a worthy replacement, but New York-based songs are definitely not the way to go.)
“According to Rollins” has a great ring as a cutaway feature for Baseball Tonight. J-Roll drools diamond-quality diamond quotes. We know now the Phillies are so dialed that the only thing worth efforting is the iPod in the Phillies locker room.
2. They are road warriors. The Phillies were a baseball-best 48-33 on the road this year.
The Yankees were a known-universe-best 103-59 at the game of baseball. Which means nothing right now.
3. Chase Utley is currently unstoppable.
That is true. I was sincerely hoping that AJ would drill Utley in the numbers in his first plate appearance. Or at least buzz him. The guy is in the groove, and needs to be disrupted.
Reggie Jackson couldn’t be found for the first time this Series on Monday,
If you are going to call Reggie a jackass, call Reggie a jackass and keep your hand out of your jealous pants’ pocket.
but it would have been interesting to see what he would have had to say about Utley tying Jackson’s World Series record with five home runs. Utley’s five have come in one less game (five to six) and mostly against left-handers (four of five were vs. lefties, three vs. CC Sabathia). “He’s not missing pitches. He’s tough,” Sabathia said. “He’s not missing, so you have to make (all) quality pitches.”
Utley is a scary monster right now, and his hair was perfect. I’d like to meet his tailor.
4. The vaunted, balanced Yankees lineup isn’t all that balanced right now. Back home they’ll get the benefit of a hot Hideki Matsui (.556, two homers) in the lineup, and with A.J. Burnett done now, Jose Molina is through hitting, so that’s another plus. Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez are at the top of their game now, but two Yankee stars — Mark Teixeira (2 for 19) and Robinson Cano (3 for 18) — currently look slightly lost at the plate. They’re so cold even Nick Swisher looks hot compared to them.
The Philadelphia Phillies have some great pitchers. It’s almost ilke the Yankees batsmen are playing in the World Championship against the defending World Champions or something. And if you are going to call Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano a couple of jackasses, you had better get both hands out of your conveniently placed cargo pockets and acknowledge the phenomenal defense those two players have put up. Not that it makes for good copy.
5. Cliff Lee may not quite be through.
Did the editor tell Jon he had to have five reasons? One wasn’t good enough? Four felt light? Six was too many?
Philly has some issues of its own, what with their own pitching miracles needed the next two games.
Lazy, self-defeating. Stop now. And if you are going to call Pedro a jackass…
After Pedro Martinez tries to beat his “daddy” in Game 6 (I wouldn’t put it past him),
There you go.
the Phillies have posted a TBA for Game 7 if it’s needed because no perfect choice exists for them.
If there is a game seven, the Phillies will announce their decision when necessary who will be the so-called “Miracle” worker.
The most likely option to start a Game seven may be 2008 hero/2009 goat Cole Hamels, who seemed to suggest he wished the season was over in quotes a couple days ago
Way too much is made of Cole Hamels’ goated-ness, as long as you want to call Cole Hamels a jackass.
(the humorous Hamels told Manuel on Monday he didn’t mean it, then admitted to writers he is sometimes prone to putting his foot in his mouth — “It’s hard to talk and play baseball at the same time,” he said with a smile).
That is a funny line. Lead with that gold, don’t bury it in the bottom of a pointless article.
Hamels has yet to post a good start in four tries this postseason. But Lee isn’t counting himself out of the mix. Thursday is his throw day, so perhaps he can put in a few more innings. “I’m available. I think I’ll be fine,” Lee said. “If it’s going to help the team win, I’m in.”
Charlie Manuel will effort to wave his hands if need be so that Lee will start game seven, Citizens Bank it.
As usual, the Phillies are in it to win it. The odds are against them, but this resilient bunch can never be counted out.
Until you can count to four. I think I read that Stan Usual had exactly the same number of hits from each side of the plate. Or something.