Showing posts from October, 2009

The World Series is Set

Now we know it will be the Yankees and Phillies -- Broadway vs. Broad Street in the World Series. Two clubs whose home towns are 90 miles apart -- and who met this past May in inter-league play in the Bronx. The Phillies took two of the three games during the regular season. The clubs are also Spring Training neighbors. It's just a half hour drive (in good traffic) between the Yankees facilities in Tampa and the Phillies' second home, Clearwater. First two games will be at Yankee Stadium, then the teams head down the Jersey Turnpike, cross the Walt Whitman Bridge and resume on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. But considering that the action will be played at night to the delight of network TV -- but the disappointment of paying customers as well as traditionalists like me -- the next shot seemed more appropriate.

Werth It

High five for Phillies rightfielder Jayson Werth (pictured here last March in Florida). His 2-out single drove in Ryan Howard for the go-ahead run and capped a 3-run top of the 9th rally. That 5-4 victory over the Rockies in Colorado moved the Phils into the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. This is just the second season as a full-time player for the ever-hustling Werth, who was released by the Dodgers in 2006 with what was thought to be a chronic wrist condition. Here's a terrific New York Times story on him --

A Pie for Tex

Time for a quick salute to Mark Teixeira, tonight's Yankee standout in their 4-3, 11-inning win over the Twins in Game Two of the Divison Series. In the decisive inning, the big 1st baseman starred on defense -- with two great plays (catching a line drive, then stopping a hot grounder and throwing home to nail a runner attempting to score) that kept Minnesota from scoring in a bases-loaded, none out situation. Leading off the bottom of the inning, he smacked a line drive homer that he called "a wallbanger," deflecting off the left field wall into the seats for the winning run. As has become the trademark of this Yankee club, "Tex" was smacked with a pie (actually a towelfull of whipped cream) by AJ Burnett during his post-game TV interview. A sweet ending to a dramatic Yankee win. When I went back to this year's images, I found a Spring Training preview of the righthanded swing that produced the walk-off homer. Wondering the last time a Yankees post-season c