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Phillies brave the cold, benefit from another blown call, to take a 2-1 lead

Oct 12, 2009, 8:15 AM EDT

The game story calls Brad Lidge’s save “sweet redemption” but it’s not like it was a shutdown affair. He had shaky control and put two runners on before sealing the deal.  That’s good — certainly better than he had been doing — but let’s not go pretending it’s 2008 again yet, OK?

And what would a 2009 postseason game be without yet another blown call? Because a lot of you
were probably asleep for it, here’s how it went down: Ninth inning,
game tied, Rollins singles, moves to second on a Victorino sacrifice,
moves to third on Chase Utley’s infield hit, and then scores the
winning run on a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly. Except Utley’s hit
shouldn’t have been a hit, because it bounced up and hit him on the leg
in the batter’s box. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals didn’t call the ball
dead. Meals admitted after the game that he blew it, blaming a tough
angle — which is true — and the fact that Utley didn’t react: “Chase
Utley took off like it was nothing,” Meals added. “He gave no
indication to us that it hit him. Whatever percent of the time, you’re
going to get a guy that’s going to stop if it hits him.” I guess
“whatever percent of the time” criminals turn themselves in for their
crimes too, but I don’t think we should base law enforcement strategy
on it.

All of that stuff aside, I’m kind of pulling for the Phillies in this series because (a) they’re
a more interesting team to watch than the Rockies in my personal opinion; and (b) I really don’t want to see
more winter ball like we’ve had in Colorado over the weekend. That said, if the Phillies take care of business
today, we’ll have two nights with no baseball, which is a bad thing.

So let’s go Rockies
today, and let’s go Phillies tomorrow!

  1. Thomas E Brown - Oct 12, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Baseball should join the 21st century and get replay at least in post season.Umpires are in a controlling position in games and that should not be.We have the techology to do the tradition strike zone as described in the rulebook.The umpire should be a monitor to verify machine accuracy and let technology rule the game.Umpires with modified strike zones that are judged fair because they are consistant is wrong.A batter learns the vertical rectangle of the batting zone…letters to knees and technology should take the umpires viewpoints from the decision.Baseball games are ruined by their momentum call decisons that are wrong.Multi-million dollar decisions are made by a $100,000 ump.Critical replays are necessary in critical or game effecting plays.Same rules as NFL if the replay is inconclusive, no change. Time of the replays could be offset by a setup clock after each inning for warmups. If, the team is not ready offense gets two strikes and defensive gets two balls to the first batter.

  2. Omega - Oct 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    I am so sick and tired of the rest of the country bashing Denver every chance you get.
    You people act as if baseball has never been played in cold weather before, because it is always sunny and in the 70s during the fall on the East Coast for post season baseball. You act as if Denver is in Siberia or something, we had a cold snap, get over it. They played the game, and amazingly enough and much to your astonishment I am sure, noone died of exposure.
    And technology would do nothing to improve the game of baseball, it would only serve to disrupt the flow of a game. The imaginary story line of this postseason is ‘blown calls’, guess what, noone is gonna die from a bad call either, get over it.

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 12, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    I’ll lay off Denver when they stop having postseason games snowed out.

  4. Omega - Oct 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    All one of them? In the entire history of postseason Denver baseball history?
    Whatever open sewer of a city you live in, I would take Denver over it any day of the year.

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 12, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Hey, I never said Denver wasn’t nice. I like it more than the town I live in (even if I wouldn’t call my town an open sewer). But if your argument is that Denver isn’t cold and that cold isn’t less than ideal for baseball, you’re not going to get many people to agree with you, buddy.

  6. kim walker - Oct 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Denver teams have two things going for them- snow and no air. We’re used to it and will be sending the Phildos home breathless and assless. And they’ll always remember the day when they froze their asses off in Denver. Guaranteed.

  7. Tom - Oct 12, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Froze there asses OFF? Wait till the Broncos play the Eagles in Philly….COLD..WET…and NASTY!!..and another thing..nice to see all the Denver “spectators”at the games…when the Rockies are losing and suck where are all those “fans”?…and another thing about the cold…I was at the Phillies/Rockies game back in April when it waqs 35 degrees and raining….most of the Rockies people were staying warm and dry under cover while us Philly fans were pasionattly cheering on our Team…GO PHILS!!!

  8. Will - Oct 12, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Until the Rockies win about 47 World Series in a row, Denver will be first and foremost a Football town. There’s no getting around it. The fans drift in when it becomes clear that the Rockies aren’t going to have their traditional mid-season melt-down. And Tom, sitting in the snow like a yutz is not something to brag about. If I wanted to do that, I’d be a Broncos fan.
    The problem with Denver is the same problem with NY, Boston, Minneapolis, and Chicago: the baseball season is too long, and there’s too much padding in the post season. None of these towns have a climate that is conducive to playing baseball in mid-October, let alone in November. This week’s cold snap was unseasonable, but can happen in any MLB city barring Miami, LA, Phoenix and Tampa Bay.
    You want to avoid having post-season games snowed out? Chop a week or two out of the season and ensure that the World Series is done by Oct. 15th. It’s either that or mandate pop-top ball parks or the dreaded Superbowl neutral-site solution.

  9. Steve - Oct 12, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    I like the idea of a neutral site for the world series. This way it is a better chance to have warm weather.

  10. tom - Oct 12, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Kim…..what was that Guarantee ? Guess the Rockies will not have many sellouts next yr…I’ll be there though to give money to Denver when the Phils come to town….doesnt matter what the weather is. GO PHILS!!!

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