On to the Postseason

(Sorry, couldn’t post yesterday because of computer difficulties.  I’m helpless in that world….plus a lot of other worlds.  Intend to blog daily throughout the postseason.)
Following no formal workout Thursday, the Phillies will take to the field at 1 this afternoon (open to media only).  Cardinals’ workout follows.  Between the two workouts, Doc and the St. Louis starter will be in the media room.
Yesterday, Ruben and his staff and Charlie and his staff, met with scouts who have been following other NL playoff contenders–Charley Kerfeld, Del Unser, Jim Fregosi Jr., Dave Hollins, Danny Wright, Howie Freiling and Craig Colbert.  Some of them will be dispatched to follow the four A. L. teams in the playoffs.
Citizens Bank Park was buzzing yesterday and today. NLDS logo has been painted on the field; merchandise tents are being stocked with Phillies postseason gear; truck loads of food and beverages are arriving; the Majestic Clubhouse Store is busier by the hour; accommodations for 300 members of the media have been completed and the stage for the 2 p.m. pre-game rally on Citizens Bank Way has been constructed.
Dallas Green, Pat Gillick, Greg Luzinski, Dave Cash and Tommy Greene will be participate in the rally.  At noon today, a Phillies Rally Trolley visited center city to hand out rally towels.
Rally towels for Game 1 are courtesy of Comcast’s XFINITY. 
Game will be televised by TBS, Dick Stockton and Bob Brenly.  Phillies fans can tune in on radio to hear the Phillies announcers, Franzke, LA, Wheels, Sarge and T-Mac.   Jim Jackson’s pre-game show will expand to hour prior to first pitch.
Delivering the first ball to the mound will be a 9-year-old Phillies fan from Bucks County, Ryan White, who was in San Francisco to watch a Phillies game in August.  Following the game he was injured in a hit-and-run accident.  Several Phillies visited him in the San Francisco hospital and, at that time, his prognosis was not good..  After being transferred to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia last month, Ryan is improving daily. Joining Ryan will be his brother Kevin.
Then, throwing out the first ball is a three-time All-Star second baseman with the Phillies who coined the phrase “Yes We Can” back in 1974, Dave Cash.  His 213 hits in 1975 led the majors and are the most for a Phillies player in the last 53 seasons.
Record Year
This record-setting season ended fittingly with another win Wednesday that produced yet more Phillies records.
The Phillies set a new club record with their 102nd win.  As September approached, breaking the old record of 101 (1976 and 1977) was a foregone conclusion.  Then, a downsizing came along, losing eight in a row.  To break the record, the Phillies had to sweep in Atlanta.  They did.
The win was the 646th for Charlie as the Phillies manager, which broke Gene Mauch’s record.  So, Charlie has won more games than any other Phillies manager and he’ll continue to add to that record, assuring that it will be a long time before someone passes him.
The Phillies finished the season with the fewest errors and lowest ERA in the NL, something they’ve never done before. 
Now, it comes down to needing 11 more wins for another parade.  The fun starts on Saturday but it won’t be an easy and relaxing October hay ride.  Anything worthwhile doesn’t come easy.  This bunch has proven that numerous times over the last five seasons, including the last three games.
Another Record Season
How long will the record 102 wins last?  No one knows.
At the opposite end of the world, the Phillies record for losses came exactly 70 years ago when they finished 43-111, a whopping 57 games out of first place. Attendance for the season was 231,401, which averages out to 3,454 fans per game at Shibe Park.
Wild Card Talk
MLB is talking about adding a second wild card team in the near future.  So, two wild card teams would then face off in a one-and-done game.
There’s no better argument against this thinking than this week. 
If there were two wild card teams, there would have been no drama in the final three days.  St. Louis and Atlanta would have been in as wild cards.  St. Louis won Wednesday night and the Braves lost, which settled their seasons. Imagine if they would have to play one game playoff, which is being proposed.
Same scenario existed in the American League.  Try telling Tampa Bay, hey you finished ahead of Boston but now you have to play the Red Sox in a playoff game.  In one person’s opinion, it doesn’t make sense but cents is what is driving the thinking.
Teams play 162 games in a grueling marathon of a season.  It means something to have only one wild card team.
Coming Attractions
*Alumni Postseason Memories: a series of memories of the postseason from Phillies Alumni.
*This Date in Phillies Postseason History.
Hope you will enjoy these two new features. 
Answering E-Mails
Season ticket holder asked if they will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for the NHL Winter Classic.  That’s to be determined.
Legends Are Born In October.
Play ball!

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