Not Much to Celebrate

8 Apr

I did not get to see most of the game last night since I was at a Passover Seder with my family.  For those unfamiliar with the Seder, it is a ritual dinner that involves the retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites  from slavery in Egypt.  One of the most important traditions of the Seder is the Four Questions although there is really one central question with four answers.

The central question is:

“Why is this night different from all other nights?”  

As I turned on my car radio on the ride home, I realized that for the Phillies, unfortunately this night would not be different at all.  For the second game in a row, they scored only one run and despite strong pitching from the starters and the bullpen for the most part they lost 2-1 in ten innings on a weakly hit infield single.

OK, it is only two games but the Phillies have scored only two runs in 19 innings and those runs were scored on a sacrifice fly and an infield single.  So far the sputtering offense seems to have picked up right where it left off in last year’s play-off elimination game.  But did I mention that it is only two games?

At least the pitching has delivered with a shut-out in the first game and of the two runs given up last night, one was on a rare wild pitch by Cliff Lee and the other came on an infield single.  Although no one expected this Phillies team to be an offensive juggernaut, manager Charlie Manuel has already started to mix and match his lineup playing Ty Wigginton at first on Thursday and Lance Nix at first last night.  I guess we’ll see “who’s on first” in this afternoon’s  finale against the Pirates.  Juan Pierre and Jim Thome have yet to start although Thome made his first Phillies re-appearance last night as a pinch hitter. He struck out.

Borrowing from another religious tradition (I am an equal opportunity blogger), many are already starting to wonder what it will take for the “resurrection” of this Phillies offense.  Perhaps we can take some comfort in the fact that according to the Easter celebration,  it was on the third day that Jesus came “back to life.”  Hmmmm, this is the third day.  Do you see where I’m going here?

Happy Holidays to all!


4 Responses to “Not Much to Celebrate”

  1. Ray April 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm #


    I have a feeling that these are the kinds of games we are going to see more often then not. However, as we have both said, 2 games does not a season make. We can always hope that the offense comes alive, right?

    Happy holidays!!

  2. 21dfflowr April 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Welcome to the hitless jungle, we’ve got LOBs and Ks!

    • Fern Zeigler April 12, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      ok, I am reading very hit or miss these days……..this was a funny one!

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