Sunday, October 3, 2010
2010 Topps 206 #178 Jimmy Rollins
Game 160 - Friday Night, October 1st in Atlanta
I've included the following John Lennon quote in the signature line of my e-mail for the past decade: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." The line is from Lennon's song "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)," written for his youngest son Sean as a part lullaby, part words of wisdom as Sean heads out into the world. The message in the quote is simple - despite all your plans and schedules, life happens at its own pace, whether you like it or not.
Over the past week, Phillies games have gone on as we were busy making other plans - namely, moving my Dad into an apartment where he'll be closer to my sister and me and (for lack of a more appropriate phrase) getting his crap together health-wise. As such, after a long day of packing, moving and unpacking on Friday, I remember sinking into our couch on Friday night, turning on the game and promptly falling asleep.
The Phils stalled the Braves' play-off chances by taking the first game of a three-game series in definitive fashion. The game was never even close, as the Braves tacked on three meaningless 9th inning runs against reliever Mike Zagurski. Kyle Kendrick was credited with the win, his 11th of the season, and the bullpen got in some warm-up time as they prepare for the Reds (or the Giants or the Padres) in the NLDS.
Jimmy Rollins broke the game open with a grand slam in the 6th inning. Ryan Howard went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs and Carlos Ruiz enjoyed a 3-hit night.
One more thing . . . A Paul McCartney line is appropriate to end this post: "It's getting better all the time."