Other Game 4 thoughts . . .
It's difficult to actually remember anything else that happened in Game 4, other than Jimmy Rollins' double and Chooch's slide at home to win the ballgame. Matt Stairs drawing the four-pitch walk to start the rally was huge last night, and one has to wonder if the memory of his dramatic Game 4 home run from last year was still lingering in Jonathan Broxton's head.
This is undeniably fun. I'm trying my best to take this all in, because who knows when the Phillies will return to this level. You hope it happens every year, but there are no guarantees in baseball. I've waited my whole life to root for a Phillies team this good, and writing this little blog is at least one way I hope to remember this season and this year.
Very Superstitious: Phillies beat writer Scott Labuer passed along a cool little tidbit from last night's 9th inning rally in his blog. The Phillies bullpen, a superstitious bunch, made sure they were all sitting in the "same seats" as they were for last year's NLCS Game 4 when Matt Stairs hit his dramatic game-winning home run in L.A. I wonder where they told Chan Ho Park to sit?
History: Ryan Howard tied Lou Gehrig for the record of consecutive Postseason games with an RBI (8 games) with his 1st inning home run. The homer also tied Mike Schmidt for tops in franchise history with 6. Chase Utley has reached base in 24 consecutive Postseason games, one shy of Boog Powell's record.
Quote of the Night: From Phillies play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke, describing the on-field celebration following the victory, "Madness! This is madness!"