Go crazy, folks. Go crazy. That’s Jack Buck. So, are we feeling like 1990s Braves fans yet? Is this getting boring? Another division title for the Phillies, but now the real season starts. I think that’s a Fox commercial or something. The Phillies easily handled the Astros on Wednesday night to clinch the NL East for the third straight year. The Phillies reach the post-season for the third straight time for the first time since 1978. That’s before some bloggers were even born. This title feels a little less satisfying than the last two years, a) because the Phils didn’t run down a choking Mets squad, and b) the old Phils set the bar pretty high last year. A playoff appearance isn’t all these fans want.
After the game the players talked about more celebrations to come, but I’m not sure how many more are in store for this version of the Phillies. Pedro Martinez wasn’t effective in his four innings of work coming off his neck injury, and the fourth starter for the playoffs now looms as a question that Charlie Manuel is going to have to answer. It’d be nice to have JA Happ as a left handed bullpen option, but he may have to go game four, depending on Pedro’s status and the match-up.
As it stands now the Phillies would play Colorado, and that looks to be the most likely match-up. Atlanta has slipped the last two nights, and they couldn’t afford any losses. The Rockies should hang on the wild-card, and come to Philadelphia for games one and two. An oddly familiar situation. The Phillies will be the favorites again, but Colorado is a formidable squad to run into. Game one is going to be crucial. Likely Ubaldo Jimenez against Cliff Lee. The Phils need to come out on top of that contest, but that is getting way ahead of ourselves. I suppose, for the night, we should just celebrate. Luckily, I keep a pony bottle of Motts sparkling apple juice in fridge for just these types of occasions.
Street fighting legend, and MMA fraud Kimbo Slice went down on the Ultimate Fighter Wednesday Night. Some huge fat character named Roy Nelson just totally out-classed him, and won by TKO. Kimbo wasn’t hurt or anything, but he just doesn’t have the refined skills these other guys have. Go back to backyards and youtube Kimbo…that’s your kingdom.