November 2009

Carlton first ball tonight

Game 3 recap
Pettitte wasn’t sharp but made the pitches when he had to.  Threw 104 pitches, 59 for strikes, 45 for balls which is not a good ratio.  Owner of the most postseason wins, he wasn’t fazed when the Phillies scored three in the second.  He dominated the Phillies lefty power bats and that was the key.

Cole was a mirror of himself from a year ago through three innings.  Then, the Yankees drove him from the game in the fifth inning.  That was a mirror of his 2009 season…big innings come quickly.

Pettitte had given up just two home runs in his previous 66 World Series innings but Jayson matched that.  Werth now has 7 postseason homers this year, one shy of the record shared by Barry Bonds (2002) and Carlos Beltran (2004).

The two teams, leaders in homers in their respective leagues, totaled six homers, one shy of the WS record set in 1989, A’s (5), Giants (2).

Phillies have now lost two straight.  Last time they did that in the postseason was 2007 when the Rockies swept them in three games.

Steve Carlton will throw out the ceremonial first ball.  Jamie Moyer, whose child-hood hero was Lefty, will catch the ball.  Delivering the first game ball to the mound with a member of the Boys & Girls Club will be Tony Taylor.

Other Phillies Alumni expected to be at the game include Robin Robert, Mike Schmidt, Senator Jim Bunning, Jim Eisenreich, Darren Daulton, Ricky Bottalico, Ricky Jordan, Rheal Cormier, Mike Lieberthal, Greg Gross and possibly Pat Burrell.

Postseason Memories
Greg “The Bull” Luzinski played for the Phillies from 1970 through 1980 and played in the 1976-77-78 NLCS and 1980 World Series. The Bull hit safely in his first 13 postseason games.  His 2-run homer, his fifth post-season HR, led Phillies to 3-1 win over Houston in Game 1 of the NLCS in 1980.  The 58-year-old is a fixture at all Citizens Bank Park games in Bull’s BBQ located at the east end of Ashburn Alley.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“It surly wasn’t the Cubs, which were my favorite team !!!   I guess the Yankees domination of the World Series.”
As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“The intensity level and winning 3 out of 5 series….as we failed in the early 70’s it got even tougher year-by-year and the expectations mounted.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Getting two game-winning hits in the Houston NLCS, a homer off Bob Forsch in game 1 and a pinch double off Joe Sambito to drive in Pete Rose.  As a team, winning the World Series and seeing Tug McGraw strike out Willie Wilson.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“I was watching the game on a TV in Bull’s BBQ. Tried to walk over to the rail at Section 104 by the BBQ to watch, but couldn’t get near the rail!!!!”

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