First Pitch: Prior to Game 5, the only two managers to guide the Phillies to World Championships took the field. Charlie Manuel caught the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dallas Green. The Phils have always maintained a reverent connection to their past and this was just a very cool moment.
Going to Disneyland: It appears more and more likely Game 1 of the World Series will be played in the Bronx. If that’s the case, Charlie Manuel and his coaching staff can at least look forward to a visit to Anaheim for the 2010 All-Star Game on July 13th. (Although the Angels just took the Game 5 lead in the 8th.)
Thank you Ruben: Ed Wade laid the foundation, Pat Gillick made a few repairs, but current general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. made all the right moves to help the Phillies return to the World Series in 2009. His offseason signing of Raul Ibañez was key in fortifying an already potent line-up, despite Raul’s mid-season decline. Ruben pulled the trigger on the Cliff Lee trade, bringing the team a legitimate World Series Game 1 starter, made all the more necessary by Cole Hamels' recent struggles. Finally, he brought in Pedro Martinez. It was still a little surreal seeing Pedro (in a Phillies uniform) spray champagne all over the field and into the stands following last night’s victory. But he stabilized the rotation when they needed it the most and who’s not looking forward to seeing him start a World Series game against the Yankees? (Probably the Yankees.)