Hot Dogs, Baseball, Bratwurst and Granita?

2 Sep

Last night my sister, brother-in law and mom were over for dinner to visit with my filmmaker daughter home from New York for a couple of days.  We enjoyed the beautiful night, ate hot dogs and hamburgers and, of course, talked about the Phillies.

After all, my sister is as crazy a fan as I am. (They’re the ones with the dog named Thome, who is a bit depressed these days but hanging in there.)  And my brother-in-law, well he is my Phillies guru.  He knows everything there is to know about the game and is the first person I go to for anything Phillies.

So there we were, finishing off our meal with a very strong espresso granita (it’s like fancy water ice) with home made whipped cream and shaved bittersweet chocolate.  Bittersweet might also be the word to describe our Phillies conversation.

The subjects ranged far and wide from what’s wrong with the team’s farm system to the perils of having an aging ball club.  But in the end, it all came back to this season, and the odds of the Phillies nabbing one of those two Wild Card spots.

Everybody had a different opinion; some opted for the burgers, some grabbed a hot dog and some even went for the chef’s special, bratwurst with sauerkraut.  Oh, you want to know our opinions on the Phillies.  Well, those were equally varied.

Now Jimmy Rollins, no he wasn’t at our dinner,  he was too busy beating the Braves, but he thinks they’re still in it.

“It isn’t going to be easy, but we know we can do it.  I know we can. This team is back to what it should be and it knows how to win. Baseball needs a summer story.  Why not us?”

Yeah, why not?  My sister, my Mom and I really want to believe J-Roll, if only because it makes the remaining games more fun to watch.  My daughter, who wears her Chase Utley t-shirt proudly even in enemy territory, said that as long as they’re not mathematically eliminated, they’re still in it.   (See why I love that kid???)

My brother-in-law and husband, however, were a bit more pragmatic.  They want to believe but the numbers are almost as bracing as that espresso granita!

According to various experts, the math looks something like this: The Phillies must win approximately 20 more games in September and then win their final series of the year, which is against the Washington Nationals (October 1-3)  That sounds doable, right?  Not so fast.  That’s the easy part!

THEN, the Braves, or Cardinals, along with the Pittsburgh Pirates (who were only 0.5 games, now 1.5, behind the Wild Card leaders,) the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have to play at .500, or slightly below .500, from here on out.

Got it?  Not even that espresso jolt can help me figure that one out.

But you know what?  It doesn’t really matter.  I think we all agreed in the end (which tends to come early when you visit my house) that it’s  just fun to be watching exciting baseball again and to think even way, way in the back of your mind, that there could be a chance, even if it’s a slight one, of something really magical happening.

OK, so that last part might have been the frozen margaritas talking!

Enjoy your Labor Day week-end.  And don’t forget the Phils play at 5:05 today with Cole Hamels healthy and on the hill.


4 Responses to “Hot Dogs, Baseball, Bratwurst and Granita?”

  1. Hal Rosenbluth September 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Life is beautiful. How’s Ibanez doing?

  2. Lea Dickler September 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Yesterdays game almost gave me a heart attack. Then they almost did it again. I gotta tell you, I am liking the Eagles more and more after this hecktic summer!!

    • girlsbestphriend September 4, 2012 at 1:24 am #

      Hang in there. Just try to enjoy performances like those rookie pitchers today. Maybe that means good times are ahead!!

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