Phorgiveness

5 Oct

Hi my old blog-reading friends.  Yes, it has been a while since I’ve written but I thought I’d share something pretty powerful that I did yesterday, something that really helped me, something that I hope might be helpful to some of my fellow Phillies fans.

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is the day we spend fasting, praying and reflecting over the past year; the day we spend asking for forgiveness for ourselves for things we have done wrong, and here’s the important part; it’s the day that we also grant forgiveness to others who may have wronged us.

I think you see were I’m going here.  Yes, after I got some of my more important Atoning out of the way, I decided it was time to forgive the Phillies for the 2014 season.  Yep, after a season when I didn’t rush to my computer as soon as I woke up to check the score of a West Coast game; a season where I turned off many a game before the final out because I just couldn’t take it; a season where I anticipated the last game much more than I had the first, it was time to forgive and try to forget.

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So here we go:

  • I forgive the Phillies for their 73-89 record and for finishing in last place for the first time sine 2000.
  • I forgive Ryan Howard for his .223 batting average and 190 strikeouts.
  • I forgive them for signing Bobby Abreu in Spring Training (not that I hold a grudge or anything.)
  • I forgive them (though I still don’t understand it) for never really gave Darin Ruf a “fighting’” chance to prove himself.
  • I forgive AJ Burnett and Kyle Kendrick for…..well, being AJ Burnett and Kyle Kendrick.
  • I forgive Ryne Sandberg for not resting Chase Utley enough so that after an All-Star first half of the season, his numbers and contribution to the team plummeted.
  • I forgive (and this is a hard one) Ruben Amaro, Jr. for never shaking this team up even when it was abundantly clear they were out of contention.
  • I forgive Dominic Brown for never putting it all together and will wish him well when he is traded this off-season.  (Did you hear that Ruben???)
  • And yes, I even forgive Jonathon Pabelbon for his, shall we say, controversial, salute to the fans.  After all, it may be his last.

Sadly, I could go on but don’t worry, I won’t.  Because the real point here is, that it is time to forgive.  Yes the Phillies need to clean house.  But only through forgiveness can we, the fans, start with a clean slate.  Only through forgiveness can we begin to remember the sport and the team we used to love.

So, after spending part of my Day of Atonement forgiving the Phillies, I can yet again, say with conviction those words that fans have been saying for time immemorial:

“Wait till next year.”

(And I don’t mean next Yom Kippur.)

My Super Bowl Pool

2 Feb

Hi everyone.  Long time, no talk, I mean write.  And don’t worry, I’m not making any comment on the Phillies.  You know my motto:  If you don’t have anything nice to say…

So I thought instead, I’d share with you my Super Bowl Pool.  It’s the perfect football pool for a baseball fan or for even a non-fan.  It’s a bunch of the entertaining prop bets that require absolutely NO knowledge of football whatsoever.

So enjoy the game!  (And my pool.)

DENVER BRONCOS vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Super Bowl Pool

 1)  Will the National Anthem sung by Renee Fleming be longer than 2 minutes and 19 seconds? (from start till end of music)

2)  Barack Obama will pick the Seattle Seahawks to win the Superbowl.

3) The pre-game coin toss will land on tails.

4Will any of the players or coaches, on either team, cry or have tears in their eyes during the singing of the National Anthem?

5)  The first commercial AFTER kick-off  will be for a drink of any kind.

 6)  The first coach’s name to be mentioned after kick-off will be Pete Carroll.

 7)  The first play of the game will be a passing play.

8) Denver will get the game’s first first down.

 9)  Russell Wilson will throw the first completed pass of the game.

10)  Pam Oliver will be the first sideline reporter seen on television after the kick-off.

11)  Eli or Archie Manning will be shown more than twice in the first half of the Superbowl.

12)  The broadcasters will mention marijuana at least once in the first half of the game.

13)  The fact that Russell Wilson attended Peyton’s Manning’s Quarterback’s Camp will be mentioned during the first half.

 14)  Marshawn Lynch will score the first touchdown in the game.

 15)  Peyton Manning will throw the first interception of the game.

 16)  The first team penalized in the game will be the Seattle Seahawks.

 17)  There will be at least two turnovers combined in the first half.

18)  There will be at least three sacks in the first Half.

 19)  Russell Wilson will have more total passing yards than Peyton Manning at Halftime.

20)  The Denver Broncos will be leading the game at Halftime.

 21)  Bruno Mars first song during his Halftime performance will be “Just the Way You Are.”

 22)  Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers go shirtless during the Halftime Show?

My Roy Halladay: Thanks, Doc!

10 Dec

Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball on Monday.  After playing 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and four seasons with the Phillies,  this fan won’t blame him for retiring a Blue Jay.

This fan also won’t forget the many thrills he gave us in his years wearing Phillies red.  So as a tribute to the Doc, this is the entry I posted the day after what turned out to be his last appearance on the mound.

♦          ♦          ♦

Sometimes, baseball can be a cruel game.

There are also times when baseball, like life, can seem unfair.

But worst of all, baseball can be a sad game.

And I can think of nothing sadder than Roy Halladay leaving the game the other night and ending his season after only 16 pitches (his shortest outing ever.)  He faced just three batters and walked two.  Only five of his 16 pitches were for strikes.  And for me, that’s as heartbreaking as it gets.

But the man who left the mound that night, head down, shoulders slumped, is not the man who I will choose to remember, if that indeed is to be the last time we see Roy Halladay pitch as a Phillie, or perhaps pitch at all.

I will choose to remember a different Roy Halladay.  The man who earned the nickname the “Doc” because of his surgical precision on the mound, the man who dominated the game he played for most of his long and brilliant career.

I’ll remember the Roy Halladay who pitched his first game for the Phillies on Opening Day 2010.  He pitched seven innings on that day, had nine strikeouts and gave up only one run earning his first win as a Phillie.

As fans, we knew we were watching something special but we had no idea how special it would be.

My Roy Halladay is the man who went on to win 21 games that year and become the Phillies first 20-game winner since Steve Carlton in 1982. And the first right-handed Phillies pitcher to win 20 since Robin Roberts did it in 1955.

But that wasn’t all the “Doc” had in store for us that year.

All baseball fans will remember May 29th when Roy Halladay, who we already thought was perfect, made it official.  He pitched a perfect game against the then Florida Marlins retiring all 27 batters he faced, 11 with strikeouts.

And I’ll also remember Roy Halladay, the man, who gave Swiss-made watches to everyone in the clubhouse after that game with the inscription:  “We did it together. Thanks, Roy Halladay.” 

Roy Halladay would go on to finish that 2010 season with a record of 21-10 and a 2.44 ERA.  He had a career high 219 strikeouts and only 30 walks.  He led the National League in wins, innings pitched and complete games with nine, including four shutouts.  And he would win the Cy Young Award that year becoming only the fifth pitcher to win that prestigious award in both leagues.

But what will make Roy Halladay truly impossible to forget, is what he did on October 6th, in his first ever start in the postseason, the start he had waited for his entire career. On that night Roy made up for all those years of frustration by doing something only one other pitcher in the history of baseball had done before him.

Ray Halladay pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of the National League Division Series.

Halladay would continue his dominance in his second year with the Phillies.  He finished the 2011 season at 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA and was named the starting pitcher for the All-Star Game that year.  He finished second in the Cy Young balloting and was named the Sportsperson of the Year by the Philadelphia Daily News for the second year in a row.

I could go on and on listing Roy Halladay’s countless accomplishments and awards.  And for fans of the game, like me, those feats will always way overshadow the disappointments of the past several years.

I will always remember the Roy Halladay we called “the Doc,” his intense, commanding presence on the mound, his team first attitude, his respect for the game he loves and his appreciation of his teammates and the fans.

But as I sit here writing and reflecting on this beautiful Fall morning, my greatest hope is that Roy Halladay himself will come to appreciate and remember that great man as well.

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Happy Halloween

31 Oct

pumpkin photo

Couldn’t resist sharing this picture from the wonderful Trumbower family!

Oh yeah, Halloween also marks the 5-year anniversary of the Phillies 2008 World Series Parade.  And I am proud to say that we were in the stadium that day to hear Chase Utley utter that adjective Phillies fans will remember forever.

20 Oct

Sox in the Series

The hero?  I’m cryin’.  The

Flyin’ Hawaiian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0L3JGv1WjA

(Watch it.  It made me smile!)

He’s Baaaaaaack!

9 Oct

 He’s back again for

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the return of number ten

better bobble

Do I hear Amen?

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Wait Till Next Year

27 Sep

As the season finally enters its last weekend, at least for my team, I thought it only fair to give a tip of the cap to those teams whose seasons are far from over, those lucky enough to be playing Post Season baseball.

So while there will be no Red October for the Phillies, congrats to all the fans whose teams are still in the hunt especially the Braves, the Dodgers and the Red Sox.  I know there are fans of those three teams who have been long-time, loyal Girls Best Phriend readers so I thank you for your support and hope that you are well stocked with chardonnay, ice cream or TUMS, whichever is your stress reliever of choice as you root on your teams through the Play-Offs.

As for me, just as the Phillies will wind up their run, so must I write my last Girls Best Phriend post.

And it only seems appropriate to end this one the way it started,

with the phrase baseball fans have uttered since baseball became America’s national pastime,

with the vow that all teams save one must ultimately make at season’s end,

with those four simple but powerful words that even after the bleakest of seasons still give baseball fan’s reason for hope:

 “Wait till next year!”

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you never stop rooting.

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