Tuesday, September 15, 2009

You'll Always Remember Your First Time, Part 3

They say you never forget your first time. And with October right around the corner, the vivid memories of my first time witnessing a professional Philadelphia franchise win a championship is ripe in my head. Even with football underway, I find myself wandering back to that glorious month of October. It's something I want to relive again and again. In fact, that's exactly what I'm going to do, republishing my feelings during the wild ride to becoming 2008 World Fucking Champions. View part 1 here and part 2 here.

Today is part 3, originally published Oct. 3, 2008 by Arkansas Fred:

Brett Myers Day

With a 2 hit, 7 inning performance, Brett Myers once again showed that he could be one of the best pitchers in baseball when he is on his game. After getting out of a one out bases loaded jam in the first inning, Brett settled in to give one of his finest performances of the year, and I'm not just talking about on the pitcher's mound.

Giving up only two hits and stifling the Brewers for most of the afternoon is impressive enough, but Brett Myers somehow found the spirits of Lenny Dykstra and Pete Rose as well. With the game tied at one with 2 outs and Pedro Feliz on third base, Brett stepped up to the plate. We all were just happy that the lineup was turned over and Jimmy(I'll still hate you for life for calling me a frontrunner) would lead off the third inning. Apparently Brett had a completely different idea.

After taking ferocious hacks at the first two pitches, Brett gripped his bat tight and made life for CC a living hell. With every pitch there after, the decimal level in CBP rose higher and higher as the fans stood up on their feet. Memories of Burt Hooten came flooding back. Brett was laying off tough sliders and fouling off anything close. After working a full count, Myers took one more pitch to send the crowd into a frenzy. He worked a walk after falling behind 0-2 against the "Best" pitcher in baseball.

Visibly a little shaken and completely losing his command, Sabathia walked Rollins on four pitches, as chants of CC sucks and overrated were loud enough to be heard through the television set, and loaded the bases for Shane Victorino. What happened next was one of my greatest moments as a Philadelphia Phillies fan. CC hung a slider to Shane and it got hammered into the leftfield bleachers. Now, I have never been a huge fan of Shane Victorino [Ed note: You are fucking idiot if you don't like Shane]. I still hold a grudge from last year in the beginning of the year, when he still did not know how to steal bases. But grudge schmrudge. That's done with. Shane hit the first grand slam in Phillies postseason history. It was amazing.

The Phillies put up five runs on CC in one inning and it was all they needed. Sabathia did not make it through the fourth inning but did find time before he was lifted to go through a ten pitch at bat with Brett. Myers faced 19 pitches in his two at bats against CC. He later got a single to right for good measure. Madson and Romero closed out the eighth with no further damage and Lidge made short work of the Brewers in the ninth.

The Phillies are one game away from advancing to the NLCS. The have scored runs in only 2 innings during the past two games and still have gotten nothing at all from Utley, Howard, and Burrell. Things still could not look any better. The Cubs are even down two games to none against the Dodgers meaning if the Phillies and Dodgers win, the first two games of the NLCS will take place back in Philadelphia. Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth powered the offense with extra base hits galore and helped pave the way towards the victory. But Brett Myers was the hero. It was his day. The guy dominated the plate both on the mound and in the batter's box. If Brett and Cole continue to pitch their game, the way they know they can pitch, the Phillies won't be beat. It's as simple as that.

BallHype: hype it up!


  1. So how else was this one of Brett Myers best performances? did he give his wife a more swift beating in the tunnel between innings?

  2. No because he whooped CC's ass. If you think A-Rod is a postseason choke artist, just wait for Sabathia's first start.

  3. In order to even play us in the series you'll have to get by St. Louis first. So you punks better make sure you go to church every sunday for the next 2 months and pray you can get through that round.

  4. If I recall correctly, and I think I do, the Phillies won the World Series last year while the Yankees were golfing in October. It's the Yanks that are going to have to overcome their penchant of choking this decade to even make it there. But you already knew that, I'm sure.

  5. that was last year homes. Look at this year, right now the Yanks have the best record in baseball and can lock up home field for the playoffs and when they get the series they'll have home field there too since the AL won the allstar game. Good luck in ur travels for this years playoffs. NLDS in LA, then NLCS in St. Louis=Have Fun Bithces

  6. Yes, let's look at the Yankees, shall we? A.J. Brunett, never won jack shit. Joba Chamberlain, overhyped pitcher who sucks so bad he can't go more than 5 innings. Phil Hughes, failed starter. Andy Pettitte, makes Jamie Moyer feel young. CC Sabathia, postseason choke artist. Jorge Posada, worst defensive catcher ever. Jose Molina, fat, slow, can't hit. Robinson Cano, pretty good, but no Chase Utley. Derek Jeter, hasn't won shit without Bernie Williams and Paul O'Neill. A-Rod, makes CC look good in the playoffs. Teixeira, was supposed to be final piece for Angels, overrated instead. Melky, sucks. Damon, was better as a Red Sox player. Brett Gardner, jealous he can't hit like Shane Victorino. Eric Hinske, I remember him, yeah, the guy who Brad Lidge struck out to win the World Series last year. Nick Swisher, makes A-Rod look straight. Matsui, old and Asian. Mariano, the best.

    Now let's take a look at the Phillies: Joe Blanton, World Fucking Champion. Chad Durbin, World Fucking Champion. Scott Eyre, World Fucking Champion. Cole Hamels, World Fucking Champion. J.A. Happ, World Fucking Champion. Cliff Lee, reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. Brad Lidge, World Fucking Champion. Ryan Madson, World Fucking Champion. Pedro Martinez, 3-time Cy Young winner who just so happened to be on a team that made the biggest comeback in postseason history. Who was that against again? Jamie Moyer, World Fucking Champion. Brett Myers, World Fucking Champion. Chan Ho Park, Asian. Paul Bako, sucks. Carlos Ruiz, World Fucking Champion. Eric Bruntlett, gay, World Fucking Champion. Pedro Feliz, World Fucking Champion. Ryan Howard, World Fucking Champion. Jimmy Rollins, World Fucking Champion. Chase Utley, World Fucking Champion. Ben Francisco, better than Melky. Raul Ibanez, better than any outfielder the Yanks got. Matt Stairs, World Fucking Champion. Shane Victorino, World Fucking Champion. Jayson Werth, World Fucking Champion.

  7. correction, A.J. Burnett did win the Marlins. Fuck.

  8. I will answer all of this one on staurday. i'm to damn lazy to type that much right now. just know the phils aren't a lock for a repeat. And now you have pinned ur hopes on Jeff Garcia again to keep the Eagles from the abyss this year, good choice there at least. the sixers suck donkey nuts (in ur own words), and the Flyers goaltending will be their downfall this year yet again. So i'm sensing an 0-4 in the titles column this year. Back to mediocrity for you again.

  9. way to go out on a limb and say the phils aren't a lock to repeat. No team is ever a lock to repeat, that's why it rarely happens. Plus the bullpen blows right now. And by returning to mediocrity, do you mean coming back down to New York's level? Makes sense I guess.

  10. New York is still the bench mark (especially the Yankees) that everyone bases their success on. Everyone complains about the Yankees spend money, buy players and compare it to cheating the system. But if the cards were flipped and that cities team was doing it they would be fine with it and have no complaints. The Yanks just use what they have and i'll venture to say that about 95% of the revenue sharing they give out to the other teams that get it goes straight into the owners pockets and not into the on field product. So yes by all means keep talkin shit about us keep complaining about how use the money, it's all good. It just keeps us in the news and on sportscenter and all the countless sports radio call in shows. We'll never go away!!!!! everyone else will forever be in our shadow.