The last time the Phillies faced CC Sabathia, outside of spring training, Brett Myers was starting the defining moment of the 2008 National League Division Series, the first time that I thought to myself, "This is the year."
Myers put together the best at-bat of the post-season, drawing a two out walk in the second inning against the ace of the Milwaukee Brewers, Sabathia. After Myers rattled the hefty lefty with his walk, Jimmy Rollins walked on four pitches. Up to the plate came Shane Victorino, with the bases loaded....
We all know how it turned out.
Victorino hits the improbable grand slam and the Phillies roll their way to a World Series championship.
Today's encounter with Sabathia, now with the Yankees, carries much less importance. We can remember the moment like it happened yesterday, but today is a new day. While a game may be on the line and it will be important for the regular season record, it means little else.
Cherish the memory, but don't expect it to happen again.