Here's a day I've been waiting for for fifteen years: the Phillies have finally won another postseason game. Last year we were all just happy that they actually got there. We all knew that this year, that wasn't going to be enough. Yes, Phillies fans can be tough on their team, but that's just because we're passionate and expect so much. So this year, getting to October simply isn't enough. We want to win, and win it all. Philadelphia has not had a championship from ANY pro franchise in twenty-five years! Please, Fightin's... be our salvation!
Game 1 of the NLDS couldn't have been scripted any better. Cole Hamels gets the win, Brad Lidge gets the save. However, having been burned so many times in the past, I'm still nervous about several things. And they are:
1. Why has Brad Lidge suddenly turned into Mitch Williams? Yes, he was perfect in converting save opportunities during the season, AND he saved the division clinching game, AND he saved game one of the division series. But he's certainly looked shaky doing it. Will he implode when we need him the most, i.e. Mitch Williams in Game Six of the 1993 World Series? Let's not forget, Mitch saved forty-three games for the Phils that year, but when he gave up that home run to Joe Carter, he was virtually run out of town on a rail. Phillies fans are the "What have you done for us lately?" variety. God help Brad Lidge if he blows a game this postseason.
2. Which Brett Myers will show up? The one who was lights out when he returned from his minor league assignment, or the one who pitched like crap in his last two starts of the season? Has he hit a wall, or will the excitement and pressure of the postseason spur him to greatness?
3. Can the Phillies' starting pitching handle a seven-game series? In a five game series we don't have to worry about it too much, with Hamels, Moyer, and (we hope) Myers. But anyone after that is just a big question mark.
4. One thing that really worries me: the Phillies scored all three of their runs in Game 1 in just one inning, and those were because of errors and poor play by the Brewers. Besides that one inning, their offense was pretty dormant. We don't need a replay of last year when their big hitters basically sleepwalked through the series with the Rockies.
Despite all of these concerns, allow me to add one more thing: GO PHILLIES!