Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm so nervous I'm going to bust at the seams!!! Top of the 7th. Phils ahead 3-2..... 


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Two things you need to know, courtesy of Charlie Manuel:

"Cole is pretty good, man," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'm glad he pitches for us."

"If you want to take the wind out of their sails and shut up them cowbells, hit some home runs," Manuel said.

You said it, Charlie.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Phew.  Marital crisis averted.  It was bittersweet, though, after rooting so hard for the Red Sox for the past several years, to see them lose.

Bring on the (Devil) Rays!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Uh oh.

The thing I've feared in the 7 years of marriage to my husband, the thing that could tear our relationship apart, the thing that I never actually believed could come true.......yes, the Phillies and the Red Sox could both be in the World Series. We are teetering on the brink of marital disaster!

Some background: Matthew grew up down the shore, but he spent summers in Vermont, listening to the Red Sox on the radio. And then he spent 10 years in Boston working and getting his graduate degree. Being a baseball fan to begin with, he was in baseball heaven.

I, on the other hand, have spent my entire life (except for my one year in West Virginia) in Phillies country, the daughter of a rabid fan. I attended the last game at Connie Mack Stadium, the last game at the Vet, the first game at Citizens Bank Park. I bleed Phillies red and nothing else.

So I marry this hybrid Sox/Phillies fan and for years we laugh oh so gaily about what would happen if the Phillies and the Red Sox were in the World Series!! A ha ha! How funny would that be?! But of course it could never happen, right? Right???

Matthew has already said that he's going to root for the Phillies. But it will be TOTALLY ICKY if the Phillies play the Red Sox.

Now of course if the Rays win and then beat the Phillies, you can blame me. But I so totally do NOT want the Phillies to play the Red Sox.

The End.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

So of course I thought I'd talk about the debate last night.

What? You didn't watch the debate? NEITHER DID I!!!!! WA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!



I have to admit that Hamels is not one of my favorite players. I've always thought he was sort of a lightweight, intestinal-fortitude-wise. You know, "Hollywood Hamels". But I WAS WRONG. Wrong Wrong Wrong. Thank God. He and Victorino and Utley can share the MVP, in my book. And let's give it up for Pat Gillick, who accumulated a string of good-not-great (Lidge excepted) players who were the backbone of this team. And Charlie Manuel, who's lived in the MM Love-Hate Doghouse for a couple of years now with my Pat Burrell and was just what this team needed. And please god let Manny sign with an AL team next year.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thank you, Mr. Stairs, for your gigantic home run.

I fell asleep [yes, I'm lame], but Matthew said he jumped off the couch when he saw it. Not because he was so excited, but because he thought he might have a chance of catching it.

Oh, and yeah, don't mess with our Flyin' Hawaiian. NLDS and NLCS MVP. OK?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Well, we shall not talk about baseball this morning, so perhaps I'll give you a quick travelogue from our trip to Boston.

Our recent trip to Boston started with a stop at the Traveler Book Restaurant in Union, Connecticut. Okay, let me just say that this is the most awesome restaurant on the planet.

Here's why:

Every time you eat there you get to take 3 books from the shelves that line the walls of the restaurant. And keep them. 'Nuff said.

Then we got to the Copley Plaza in Boston, which was fancy-schmancy. Matthew ate dinner with colleagues the first night, which meant that Gus and I got to order (cue heavenly choir): Room Service!!! Here is Gus, gazing at the magnificence:

Yes, room service macaroni and cheese and chocolate milk. Yummmm.....

The Copley was full of old Boston-y goodness. Here was the view from the stairwell on our floor:

Here was the Oak Room (it was closed when I took this picture). It was like the Oak Room at the Plaza in New York, times ten. I gazed at it longingly every time I walked by.

A nice bourbon on the rocks would have been just grand, except for the shaggy 8-year-old I had in tow....

The next day we took a Duck Boat ride. This year Gus donned a Jason Bay shirt. Last year he had a Matsuzaka shirt.
He didn't want to drive the boat this year. He said he was too shy.

Of course we hung out in the beautiful Boston Public Garden:

Good architectural juxtaposition:

Okay, now here are a bunch of pictures of a library. Please bear with me. I could have subjected you to about 60 more of these. The Boston Public Library may be the most beautiful public building I've ever set foot in. Here are just a few of the wonders:

The entry hall:
The gorgeous Reading Room:
This was an anteroom off the Reading Room. It was full of mystical murals.
Insanely gorgeous mosaic ceiling in the entryway:
Goofy face outside the cafeteria:
Charming plaque of the donors of the money for fixing up the courtyard:

Of course no trip to Boston is complete without a pilgrimage to Fenway:
A pilgrimage to Fenway must include a stop at the Yawkey Way Store:

to replenish the mens' supply of Red Sox shirts:

There was no Phillies gear in sight, so I whiled away my time looking at the miscellaneous stuff on display. Here is a baseball signed by former Phillies heartthrob Jim Lonborg:

This is Big Papi's shoe, which you can take home for TWELVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

Final stop, just like last year, the mighty Steaming Tender in Palmer, Massachusetts.

The End.

Friday, October 10, 2008

yeah, baby.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Oh my most beloved/most despised Pat the Bat, how I love you today.

It is a thing of beauty when that titanic swing connects.

Jimmy Rollins said in a post-game interview that before the game Burrell stood up in the locker room and said, "I found my swing, boys. Today's on me!"

Is that not the best thing you ever heard??!! Yeah, Pat.....

(btw, apparently I can be in Pennsylvania and the Phillies can win, but I have to be at work. I'm not sure what I'll do on Thursday night, when the store is closed.)

Saturday, October 04, 2008

I'm back! And Jamie Moyer's struggling! I'm sorry. I hope the Fightins can overcome my presence back in Pennsylvania. Cross yer fingers....

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

We're on our way to Boston for a couple of days. Pictures to follow. Go Phils!!!

ETA: (7:52 pm): Woo Hoo!