How 'bout them first place Phillies!
New York 87-72
"The Mets may be angels that spend all winter
Giving the homless blankets and dinner
Regular nobel peace prize winners..
But I really hate 'em, I'll think of a reason later**
Three teams tied for the Wild Card, one game behind San Diego: Phillies, Mets, and the Rockies.
- Tonight: Phillies vs Washington Nationals, Citizens Bank Park, 7:05
- Cole Hamels, 14-5, 3.54 vs Tim Redding, 3-5, 3.53
The Phillies celebrated "Reverse Night" last night, they had firewords at the beginning of the game instead of the end. Two hits, two erros, four runs in the first inning. Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard hit dingers and the Fightins' beat Atlanta, 6-4. Coupled with the downward spiral of the Mets, the Phillies are tied for first.
The Mets held a 7 game lead with 17 to play and are 4-10 in their last 14 games. They have lost four in a row.
"Inside their heads may lay all the answers
To curin' diseases from baldness to cancer
Salt of the earth and real good dancers...
But I really hate 'em, I'll think of a reason later"
The Mets open a three game set at home with Florida. The Padres are at Milwaukee and Colorado hosts Arizona.
"It may be my family's red neck nature
rubbin' off, bringing un-kind-like behavior
It sure ain't Christian to judge these strangers
But I don't like em...and I hope they continue to lose"
The Phillies looked loose last night and they played that way. During the game the Phillies broadcasters interviewed Milt Thompson from the dugout.
From the background came water, pop corn and whatever on Thompson and they even set his feet on fire, you know, a good old fashioned hot foot (kids, don't try this). Chris Wheeler did a masterful job keeping the interview going. I think he sensed what was happening and that it was fun and good. And it was. It's how winning teams stay loose and keep winning. It was very enjoyable to watch.
After the interview you could see Thompson stomping his feet on the dugout floor trying to put out the fire.
Maybe those Mets can try it tonight, only the way they are going, they may not put out the fire. It's already out.
"But I really hate 'em...I'll think of a reason later."
(**Country music song by Lee Ann Womack, "Think of a Reason Later," slightly altered.)