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World Series Game 5.5 Blog
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/29/2008 6:04:00 PM
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Sporadic posting tonight - I'm about out the door to the Arizona Fall League. How did Burrell not end up on third base?


Did Bartlett's Blunder cost the Rays the game? It didn't take a perfect throw from Utley to nail Bartlett at the plate. Should he have gone?
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 6:11:00 PM
I'm more interested in why the Rays bunted with Bartlett on first. He's a great baserunner. I would have pinch-hit for Howell and had Bartlett steal. As it was, Howell bunted, then faced only one batter the bottom half of the inning.
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:16:00 PM
I was fine with Bartlett going. It was a close play, there were two outs, and it took a heady play from Utley to get him.
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:17:00 PM
Bartlett wasn't fast enough to score and Crawford would've been up next, but I see your points Mark. It just doesn't look good now with Brad Lidge on deck.
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 6:22:00 PM
If Utley throws to first or bobbles the ball at all, Bartlett scores easily.

They should have had Crawford steal. You just can't have a double-play there. He gets thrown out, you live with it. But you can't have a DP.
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:23:00 PM
Lidge hasn't blown a save all year. Is he due?
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:25:00 PM
The "safe" play for Utley might've been to just hold the ball as his momentum help negate any chance he had at throwing to first. But Bartlett was dead to rite (is that spelled right?).
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 6:27:00 PM
Longoria to lead off, hit 18 of 27 homers against righties (in fewer at-bats). Hmmm...
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 6:29:00 PM
This isn't going to end with Lidge getting an easy save. That's just not how this game has gone.
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:31:00 PM
Wish MLB had moved game back to Friday, when it's supposed to be closer to 60 degrees, more closely mirroring the temperature of most of the season. Oh well, one down for the Rays.
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 6:40:00 PM
these announcers need to say what kind of basestealer Perez is.
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:42:00 PM
there we go. 5 steals (in limited PT)
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:43:00 PM
I like it. Have to try that against Lidge.
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:43:00 PM
is that at all reminescent of the Dave Roberts steal a few years ago?
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:43:00 PM
wow. Hard lineout. I really thought Zobrist was getting a hit there.
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:44:00 PM
Cmon' Zobrist, don't his the ball so hard. Good call Mark on Perez.
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 6:45:00 PM
no replay on the check swing?
Posted by kevinccp at 10/29/2008 6:47:00 PM
As a Twins fan, at least the 1991 team is still the only worst to first! Although I was rooting for the Rays.
Posted by schoenke at 10/29/2008 6:49:00 PM
I'm sorry but Maddon lost this game. You have to assume it's only going 9 innings and therefore pinch hit for Howell.
Posted by kevinccp at 10/29/2008 6:49:00 PM
Raw meat fans win! Raw meat fans win! Who's the MVP? Any doubt? Davey Lopes still looks strange in anything but a Dodgers uniform to me.
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 6:49:00 PM
And Philly has a champion!

I would vote for Ruiz for MVP.

BTW - How do the Rays in 4 pickers feel now?
Posted by hextall at 10/29/2008 6:50:00 PM
kevin, not hitting for Howell, and not sending Crawford, are the two things that stick out in my mind.
Posted by MPStopa at 10/29/2008 6:52:00 PM
I'm glad it was this team that won it for Philly. Just a bunch of likeable, good guys that play hard.
Posted by hextall at 10/29/2008 6:54:00 PM
Minnesota and Washington now have the longest droughts since a team won a championship (1991) in cities with 4 teams. Geez, doesn't seem that long ago.
Posted by schoenke at 10/29/2008 6:55:00 PM
I'm waiting for the first question about whether they can repeat in 2009 -- it's already been five minutes and no one's asked.
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 6:56:00 PM
After 25 years without a champ...I am just enjoying this one.
Posted by hextall at 10/29/2008 6:57:00 PM
Hextall, congrats! I was being facetious about the 2009 repeat, of course. Gotta love the booing of Bud S.
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 7:01:00 PM
It wasn't a sellout? Where do they think they are, Atlanta?

Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 7:02:00 PM
It had to be...Phillies didn't sell any tickets today......People were lined up anyway.
Posted by hextall at 10/29/2008 7:03:00 PM
GM Pat Gillick, 10:13 Eastern standard time...first to utter thoughts of a repeat "let's do it again."
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 7:03:00 PM
Congrats to the Rays, too, they give hope to all small market squads, even desperate ones from Pittsburgh. The Pirates haven't won since 1979.
Posted by jtopper at 10/29/2008 7:13:00 PM
I'm happy for the Phillies. They beat the more popular pick every series. I'm a Twins fan at heart, but the Phillies are right up there. Congrats to them and their fans.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/29/2008 7:56:00 PM
Hamels signed autographs for like 30 mins at Wrigley when I was there in August. Great kid, kinda shy, didn't really say much, but hung out and signed for everybody and talked to the kids a bit. I got an autographed Phills hat that I'm putting into retirement.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/29/2008 8:02:00 PM
The Phillies were definitely favored over Milwaukee (and heavily so). I thought the NLCS was close to a pick-em by the odds, maybe Philadelphia slightly favored.
Posted by spianow at 10/29/2008 8:11:00 PM
I don't think Philly was favored over LA ( I bet a few of those games). They were over the Brewers and were a dog in this series.
Posted by hextall at 10/30/2008 5:31:00 AM
Yeah Topper - the Pirates draft the likes of Bryan Bullington, Mike Lincoln, and John VanBenschoten. The Rays - B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, and David Price. Hopefully for Pit's sake that trend has turned around with Pedro Alvarez.
Posted by vtadave at 10/30/2008 10:31:00 AM
Briefly, the Bucs took Bullington over BJ Upton No. 1 overall, made Van Benschoten a pitcher despite universal belief that he was a better hitter than pitcher. Lincoln was actually drafted by Minnesota. Pedro Alvarez did everything possible not to be a Pirate, but he's one now. I always believed in the saying "the only thing that stays the same is change", but that hasn't proven in regards to the Bucs' win-loss record over the last 16 seasons. Not giving up, though.
Posted by jtopper at 10/30/2008 1:05:00 PM
I wasn't talking so much about who was the favorite in each series as much as I was talking more about the popular concensus of which team the baseball world would like to see win. Milwaukee, and most-notably Sabathia, were the hot item coming into the series, and the Phillies made easy work of them. Going into the Dodgers series everybody was talking about how great it would be to see Manny vs. his former team. Get to the World Series and everybody is thinking the Rays had the pitching advantage, the depth advantage, the momentum, and miracle story behind them - but it was the Phillies who held strong each time.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/30/2008 5:20:00 PM

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