Backs to the Wall

October 6, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Victorino, rf; Ruiz, c; Nunez, 3b; Moyer, p.

Backs to the wall.  This team has been there this year.  We need to make a statement by getting on the board early and taking the rowdy Rockies crowd out of the mix.  The law of averages has to catch up with the kid Rocks, as they are called.  They are 17-1 in their last 18 games.  On the numerous coin flips last month they won everyone but one. 

It will be interesting to see how the starting pitchers fare, a veteran in Jamie Moyer and a kid in Ubaldo Jimenez. 

Today was a beautiful day in Denver, temperatures in the 80s.  Tomorrow, a dip into the high 50s.  Wind was very strong today, 25-25 mph.  During BP, the wind was blowing out to left field.

While wondering around downtown Denver there were very few fans wearing Rockies gear.  In Philly everything is red and white.  Tonight, the crowd will be a purple sea.

One of the scalpers a couple blocks from Coors Field was not only peddling tickets for tonight but he was selling brooms.  Hopefully, we can stick those brooms.

Coste to Coast 

(Catcher Chris Coste is providing his insight into the Phillies on game days): "Let me start by saying that as much as I like being home during the off-season, I am absolutely not ready to go home yet!

"We have fought and clawed all season long, and after climbing out of a hole last month, we have a huge hole to climb out once again.  One thing is for sure, the 2007 fightin’ Phils are not ready to quit and we will fight to the very end, hopefully all the way to November."



I just want to express, as a longtime Phils’ fan (watched Bunning pitch his perfect game on Father’s Day over the Mets in ’64, an auspicious year after what they did to those same New Yorkers in 2007), how wonderful the team played this year. What an exciting group of mostly young and a few older guys as they came together as a real team and just did a fantastic job.

Running into and losing to an equally talented but red hot Colorado Rockies’ ball club was absolutely no dishonor. They did their best and are to be commended. No hanging heads, for long, for these players.

Kudos to all the 2007 Philadelphia Phillies players!

Devoted fan in Augusta, GA

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