Game 38: Too Little, Too Late
Phillies 8 @ Cubs 7
What Went Right
- David DeJesus continues to get on base. He collected two more hits tonight. Hmmm, a lead-off man who gets on base. What a concept! Now he just needs to pick his stolen base attempts a little more effectively.
- Starlin Castro tied the game (briefly) with a sac fly in the opening frame. He also smacked a solo homer in the 7th.
- Wellington Castillo went deep in the 8th and drove in three with a bases-loaded double in the 9th.
- Former 16th-round pick Blake Parker made his debut after six seasons in the minors. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite go as planned.
- I was smart enough to turn the channel before the 7th inning stretch. Who was it tonight, Jim Belushi? Tom Dreesen? Marilu Henner? Richard Marx? Some bench warmer from the 1990s Chicago Bulls? A Baldwin brother not named Alec? (I heard it was the Sarge, but you get my point.)
What Went Wrong
- Chris Volstad got knocked around early and often. Before I could even finish my first beer, the Cubs were already trailing. His final craptastic line was 2 IP, 6 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs. For the record, that’s 19 consecutive Volstad starts without a win. Anthony Young would be proud.
- As if Volstad’s outing wasn’t painful enough, I had to sit through a few innings of Casey Coleman’s batting practice stuff. He actually turned in a solid performance, but I still hate watching him pitch. The bullpen allowed four runs, which made the Cubs 9th inning comeback meaningless.
Gonna Fly Now
I’m a Philadelphia fan. The city, that is. I saw Paul McCartney play at the old Vet on my 21st birthday, the food is tremendous, and of course it’s Rocky Balboa’s hometown. Aren’t there some historical attractions, too? In all seriousness, what’s not to love about Philly?
I’ll tell you what…the sports teams, and here are a few annoying reasons why:
- Steve Carlton: Certainly a great pitcher, but generally regarded as a weird, cranky pain in the backside. And I really got tired of watching him stick it to the Cubs during the 1970s and 1980s.
- Pete Rose: Charlie Hustle wore a Phillies’ uniform from 1979 to 1983 and was given credit for “teaching them how to win.” What a bunch of crap. Rose played 1B for Philly, a position that demands offense, and turned in slugging percentages of .430, .354, .390, .338, and .286.
- Lenny Dykstra: I hope you didn’t invest any money with “Nails.”
- Ricky Bottalico: He singlehandedly ruined my 1998 fantasy team: 1-6, 6.44 ERA, 27 K’s, 6 saves
- Allen Iverson: Yes, he played his tail off in the 2004 Olympics, but otherwise he was everything bad about professional athletes, in my humble opinion anyway. To be fair, I still enjoy watching his “we’re talking about practice” press conference on YouTube. Let’s call this one a push instead.
- Michael Vick: Sorry, I like dogs.