Philadelphia Phillies

Emptying the Notebook, World Series Style

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 18:  Cliff Lee #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies rubs the ball down against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Rupert PupkinCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2009

So, I’ve been trying this week to actually write some insightful columns and conduct some interviews, both for the folks over at CBS and here. In addition to that, I’ve been accumulating a tremendous amount of notes that I’ve slipped into various columns or interviews.

However, not everything made the cut, or fit, or whatever. So, just for the sake of having everything in one place, or in case this is the only Web site you go to on your Internet machine, let’s review the events from the last few days:



  • Charlie Manuel officially named Cliff Lee his Game One starter, but he would not commit to anybody for Game Two. Well, at least publicly he would not commit to anybody.
  • The Phillies held a simulated game this afternoon. Pedro Martinez, J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park, Brett Myers, Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo, Clay Condrey, and Tyler Walker all threw.
  • Raul Ibanez did not rule out surgery after the season to repair a tear in his abdomen, which was first reported by Sports Illustrated .



  • Charlie Manuel expects to see CC Sabathia three times if the World Series goes seven games.
  • Raul Ibanez is going to DH Game One, which allows Ben Francisco to play left field. Matt Stairs or Greg Dobbs could DH Game Two against A.J. Burnett.
  • Robin Roberts spoke about the 1950 World Series to reporters. He said he hated four things growing up: Notre Dame, Michigan, the Yankees, and Russia. 
  • Charlie Manuel again refuses comment about his Game Two starter.
  • J.A. Happ was named Sporting News Rookie of the Year as voted by his fellow players.
  • Jimmy Rollins picks the Phillies in five games on Jay Leno. He correctly predicted a Phillies-Yankees World Series in Playboy back in March.



  • Charlie Manuel announces that it will be Pedro Martinez in Game Two for the Phillies. He will use Cole Hamels Game Three, at home, Saturday.
  • Ryan Howard makes the regional cover of Sports Illustrated .
  • Brett Myers, who was left off the NLCS roster, is back on the World Series roster. Miguel Cairo is the odd-man out. Everyone else is the same from last round.
  • Shane Victorino laughed when the cover of the morning’s New York Post was shown to him, depicting him in a poorly photoshopped skirt.

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