With only 39 more games left in the season, the Phightin's look to be doing what they do best—fight. Their resiliency has shown through one season after another, fighting through injuries and keeping afloat in the playoff hunt for 162 solid games.
The MLB isn't like any other sport, in that, you can not fake your resiliency for 162 games. If you continually put in the work season after season, you are no doubt, an elite team.
This year is no different.
The Atlanta Braves having the number one spot in the NL East is definitely a challenge for the Phillies to contend with, but, a new challenge has never scared the Phillies off, in fact, they've welcomed these challenges with open arms.
In 2008 and 2009 the Los Angeles Dodgers were thought to be the team that would end Philadelphia's World Series Journey.
In previous years, there was talk about the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and even at times, the Colorado Rockies were talked up more then the Phillies. This year, the talk is Atlanta.
Jason Heyward is an absolute stud with his 12 home runs and team-leading nine stolen bases, and could be a problem for the Phils. But the same team that ran through Manny Ramirez, two years straight and Evan Longoria in 2008 have a never-say-die attitude.
The only two teams who have been able to stop the Phillies since 2007 has been the Colorado Rockies, who the Phils avenged last year, and the New York Yankees who, after losing to the Phightins in game one, finally made the Phillies look human.
This year, with the New York Yankees dominating the American League, the question remains: Will the Phillies get the opportunity in 2010 to pay the Yankees back? Or will they face the Rays again, in position to be on the receiving end of payback? Or, will they be knocked off by one of the newly emerging teams in the NL?
There are many questions, but that is what is going to make September so fun.
The Phils have finally gotten their lineup back just in time for the September push, leaving the MLB with a lot to fear.
J-Roll, the locomotive for the Phillies, has been gunning for the Yankees for a couple years now. And his determinations have, up until this day, become realities for the Phillies. Will his latest determination to come back and win again come to fruition?
What do you think? I think it will.
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