Thursday, October 29, 2009

2009 Phillies Fan Appreciation Day Postcards Cliff Lee

Other Game 1 thoughts . . .

Clifton Phifer Lee is Nasty: Cliff Lee threw the first World Series complete game since Greg Maddux did it against the Indians in the 1995 World Series. In the 8th inning, he snagged a sharp grounder from Robinson Cano . . . behind his back. Cool as a cucumber, he now has the seventh best ERA (0.54) of any pitcher in Postseason history and he holds the ERA mark for pitchers throwing over 30 innings. The Yankees are a very good team, and he went through them like they were a struggling Little League team. (I think it was Darren Daulton on the Postgame show who made the Little League analogy.) Which makes me wonder - is this the best Phillies pitching performance in the franchise's history, considering the stakes and the stage?

History: Chase Utley's two home runs off CC Sabathia marked just the second time in World Series history a left-handed batter has hit two homers in a game off a left-handed pitcher. The other guy to do it? Babe Ruth in Game 4 of the 1928 World Series. That's right - Babe Ruth. Chase's walk in the first extended his streak of reaching safely in Postseason games to 26 games, breaking the record of 25 straight games set by Boog Powell between 1966 and 1971.

PSA: Already had your fill of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver? Phillies flagship radio station 1210 AM has syncronized its radio broadcast to match up to Fox's broadcast. (It takes them a few outs in the top of the 1st to sync it, but they get there.) On a clear night back in the day, I used to be able to pick up 1210 all the way in Raleigh, North Carolina. Although I do miss the dramatic Fox World Series theme song a little . . .

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