Small Road Bump For The Phightin Phils

Josh NiemtzowCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2008

October is to many, the greatest time of year; Halloween, football, the start of hockey and basketball, and of course, the Fall Classic.

My whole life I had been waiting for the day, that I could show reason for my pride towards the wonderful city of Philadelphia.  I had been waiting my whole life for this, for a Philadelphia team to win a championship. 

No major sports team has won a championship, since the spectacular, '82-'83 Philadelphia 76ers led by Julius "Dr. J" Erving, and Moses Malone. So when the Philadelphia Phillies were en route to win the first major sports championship in 25 years, there was no reason why a single person in this city should not have been excited.

All around the city words were spoken, and laughs were shared, and confidence was boasted, as the Philadelphia fans, and their pleasant cocky nature, were already talking about a parade. Although the Phillies have not yet won the World Series, fan morale was not an issue, as everybody was on their feet, or on a couch for that matter, watching the onslaught of what Bud Selig, makes fans believe is "Real Baseball."

The game was looking promising from the start, as young ace Cole Hamels took the mound against the Rays' lineup that had failed to hit Hamels his previous start in Game One.  As the rain began to pour on Citizens Bank Park, fans watching on TV began to wonder why this game wasn't stopped immediately.  

Author Poll Results

Who will win the World Series?

  • Phillies

  • Tampa Bay Rays

  • Nobody because Bud Selig will never play this game

  • Total votes: 1

Right off the Bat, the Phillies started out with two hits, and a close call walk to Pat Burell.  With the bases loaded fans were in an excited state, when Shane Victorino, belted a single that scored two runs. This excitement continued even as torrential rainfall showered the stadium. Chants of "Eva" and "Kazmir sucks", were shouted loudly throughout the stadium.

It was a 2-1 game heading into the top of the sixth when a costly Rollins' error led to the game being tied up, and that is when commissioner Bud Selig, knew he was saved.  Right after that, the game was immediately delayed until further notice.

So why did Selig do this? Well Selig should have pulled the game from the start, but as the game went later, he realized that he could not call the game if either team was winning.  That disgraceful move that Selig made, may have brought a momentum boost for the Rays, who were playing very sloppily as well. 

Others offer that this was a blessing for the Phillies, because they are the better team, and the game will still be played at Citizen's Bank Park.

But even with this setback, there is still one reason that the Rays' fans should be in a state of worry:  the bullpen.

Although the rays Bullpen is adequate, it does not compare to that of the Philadelphia Phillies. The seventh, eighth, and ninth inning combination of Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Brad "Lights Out" Lidge, has been nothing less than outstanding.

Lidge has not blown one save this year, which is a feat that not many have been able to preform in previous years. 

Romero, signed to a new deal this year, has had key appearances, facing lefty batters.

Ryan Madson, has struggled in years past, but this year, he has been lights out. Madson and Romero serve as the perfect "Bridge to Lidge."   

So don't fret Phillies' fans, but don't start celebrating either.  There are three hard innings to go before our city can erupt in superfluous celebration. Just because commissioner Bud Selig, and everybody out there in the media business, is upset at this low rating World Series, doesn't mean that this is not one of the greatest things that could ever happen to this city, trying to cope with the "Curse of Billy Penn".

Enjoy the game Phillies' fans, and lets all hope we have something to celebrate, Thursday morning.