She-Fan Exclusive: How To Beat The Phillies

Yes, they’re the defending champions. Yes, they have an excellent team. Yes, Ryan Howard is big. But there are ways to deflate their confidence.
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In other words, they can be beaten and they must be beaten. While it’s true that my tarot card reader already declared in the pages of The New York Times that the Yankees would win the 2009 World Series, I figured I’d better do a little scouting as backup. Here’s what I’ve unearthed about certain players in the Phillies lineup. (Full disclosure: I went to grad school at the University of Pennsylvania, lived in downtown Philly and loved it. But there’s no conflicting loyalty going on. None. I swear.)
#1) Jimmy Rollins
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Last year he led all NL shortstops in fielding percentage (.988) and he finished the season with 295 career stolen bases – the most by any Philly in the modern era.
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So he’s fast and he can play short. What’s more, he’s a switch-hitter who’s had three postseason leadoff homers. But here’s the good news: he only batted .250 this season. And another thing: he’s single. Tip to Yankees: Put some good looking women near the Phillies dugout and try to distract him.
#2) Shane Victorino
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Another switch-hitter, the “Flyin’ Hawaiian,” as he’s affectionately known in Philly because he hails from Wailuka, Hawaii, is batting .361 in the postseason. And how about this little tidbit to tie my Yankee fan stomach in a knot: He hit the first grand slam in Phillies playoff history in Game 2 of the NLDS last year against – guess who – CC Sabathia. Scary, right?
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But he only hit 10 homers all year with 62 RBIs. Not scary. And his bio lists his favorite hobbies as fishing and diving. Tip to Yankees: Pitch him low and outside and make him fish and dive.
#3) Chase Utley
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Chase Cameron Utley had 31 homers this season, and he’s batting .303 in the postseason. He can steal a base and he’s patient at the plate. (Last year he became the third player in NLCS history to walk four times in a game.) His other claim to fame in ’08 was that he led the NL in HBP; the guy was plunked 27 times!
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But he made two errors in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. Tip to Yankees: Pitch him away, away, away. He can’t get hit by a pitch if the ball is outside. And hope he makes more errors at second.
#4) Ryan Howard
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OK, so he has 45 home runs and 141 RBIs this season. And he already has a couple of dingers in the postseason, not to mention 14 RBIs. He’s a beast with the happy-go-lucky personality of a puppy.
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But he’s struck out over 190 times in ’09. That’s a lot. Tip to Yankees: Forget about the intentional walks and just let him swing and miss.
#5) Jayson Werth
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The right fielder has 41 homers this season. And he has quite the pedigree. His grandfather, Dick “Ducky” Schofield, played in the majors for 19 years. His uncle, Dick Schofield, played for 14 years. And his mother, Kim Schofield Werth, competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump.
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But despite all that athleticism in the family, he only batted .268 this year. Tip to Yankees: Don’t sweat it. He’s good but not that good.
#6) Raul Ibanez

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He’ll be DH-ing for the games at Yankee Stadium, and although he’s 37 years old he can still hit – 34 homers in the regular season and another one in the postseason. He was a Yankee killer when he was with the Mariners.
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But nobody remembers him from his three years with Kansas City. Tip to Yankees: Pitch to him the way you did when he was a Royal.


#7) Pedro Feliz

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The Dominican born former Giant had the second best fielding percentage among NL third basemen in ’08. Oh, and he drove in the winning run in the seventh inning of the Phillies’ World Series clincher against the Rays.
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But he had back surgery in November. Tip to Yankees: Bunt the ball in his general direction and make him bend over.
#8) Carlos Ruiz
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The Phillies catcher made his major league debut in 2006. His biggest hit to date was his walk-off infield single in the bottom of the ninth in Game 3 of last year’s World Series against the Rays. He’s from Panama, the land of Mo, so he must be good.
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But he only threw out 14 of 79 potential base stealers in ’08 for 17.7 %. Tip to Yankees: Run! Run! Run!


#9) Ben Francisco

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I don’t know anything about him except he’ll probably be playing left field instead of Ibanez. Oh, and he was with the Indians in ’07 and ’08.
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Like Rollins, he’s single. Tip to Yankees: Try the distraction tactic as discussed in #1.


#10. Cliff Lee

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The Phillies’ Game 1 starter is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. And his full name is the intimidating Clifton Phifer Lee. In 2002 he was named the Hog Nation Minor League Player of the Year.
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Tip to Yankees: You can beat the Hog Nation Minor League Player of the Year, can’t you?


GO YANKEES!


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36 Comments

Jane, I love your RED Yankee logo! I wish you and your team well. I am leaving my computer behind this thur. I will miss your blog! In Texas its time to go deer hunting. Yes we still do that in Texas. I only ask one thing, the series go to 7 games, it a long time til spring training! I will not miss any of the games, I have satalite TV at my deer camp, we may have ruff it in Texas, but not that ruff.

LET’S DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO YANKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These Phillies look pretty scary. The batting averages aren’t great but their power numbers are very impressive. CC just has to stay within himself and not get too excited. It should be a pitching duel but you never know. I have confidence, I think. Go Yanks!

i like the scouting report and the sparkly logo. 13 hours and counting until game time. i got 10 hours of sleep so i am ready. this game is big. i still can’t decide if i watch the game with sound or do what i did for game 6 and watch and listen to the yankee broadcast. the time delay was longer than usual which was weird. every now and again i would think ball two since i knew it was 1-0 and a ball was thrown but i had to remember that was just ball one. on the other hand, i felt warned if something was about to happen and i like our announcers better than national tv announcers. we need cc to be CC. barbara

Of all the players, it’s probably Jayson Werth that scares me the most. I expect the Yankees to have trouble with guys like him, and he’s a “gamer”. The Yankees had trouble with Jeff Mathis in the ALCS even though the guy has a ‘good field, no hit’ reputation. It should be a great series. As much as I would have liked to have seen the Dodgers in the World Series this year, baseball got it right with the two best teams meeting up in the World Series. Go Yankees!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

I still cannot believe you are not coming east for a game. Remember, life is a game, baseball is serious! You have all winter (till spring training) to work. I’m picking up my game 2 tickets this morning. My kids will be there. I’m still not well enough to go but I am a little better. Confidence is very high!

Oh my, that Newfoundland needs a good grooming!

Let’s go Yankees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa

I forgot that I wanted to let you all know about a nice read this morning. The Bats Blog on the NY Times has people writing in about when they decided they were lifelong Phillies or Yankees fans. Brought tears to my eyes.

http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/fan-for-life-tell-us-your-story/?hp

Go Yanks!
Melissa

Great advice! Ready to go – it’s what we’ve waited for all season (and then some). I’ll be at the game tonight- you’ll be in my thoughts. Full report tomorrow. Go Yankees!!!!!!!

Watch out for the bats at the bottom of that order too. They’ve been gettin’ it done in the post season. I like your strategies. The Phillies’ strategy for C.C. would have to be put a cake in the dugout so he can see it… make him work fast and sloppy… it’s the only way. The Phils did it to him in 2008. Remember, Victorino hit a grand slam in that game I believe.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Of course the weather for tonight looks all sucky, but what else is new? Mother Nature seems determined to throw the worst at the Phillies this postseason – they’ve already endured gusting winds, near-freezing temperatures, near-100 degree temperatures, and of course rain (thankfully not all in the same game!). Will be watching from the cozy confines of my home, wishing I was there! I think it’s going to be a hard-fought series, and way too stressful!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Amen, ladyjane303 — Ready To Go. Just Do It. And as for you, Swish — add some new stuff to your clubhouse poster…take your girlfriend’s batting tips advice…invent a new home run handshake…get a new ‘do…whatever it takes…and Come Out Swingin’!!

Being I loathe the Phillies more than I could ever hate the Yankees, my WS prediction is purely factual. (I feel like I need a shower.) I don’t think you’re gonna like it.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/
http://princeofny.blogspot.com/

According to accuweather.com’s hour-by-hour predictions the rain should stop long enough to get the game in tonight. Nervous but very excited! Jane as long as the Yanks follow your tips I think we can take them. Go Yanks!!!!

OMG, Jane. I am so excited for tonight that I can barely focus on work today.

I have to tell ALL the Yankees fans out there to go to http://www.whatifsports.com and click on the predictions for 2009 World Series — nothing but good news there.

Nothing more I can say than you and the previous fans haven’t already said, except to repeat………………………
GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy your deer hunting, wetfeet. And try to avoid stray bullets.

Let’s do it, levelboss. Seriously. Just GET IT DONE, YANKEES!

You sound like me, Len. “I have confidence. I think.” LOL. We have a great team and they’ve gotten this far in a very difficult division/league. I see no reason why we can’t beat the Phillies, except for the fact that they’re really good. :)

You got 10 hours of sleep, Barbara? I wish I did. We’re under a high winds advisory, which is very dangerous because of fire season, so I was up most of the night listening to trees banging. Like the game wasn’t making me crazy enough? That video/audio delay would really distract me, so I guess I’ll stick with Buck and McCarver. CC will be ready. He wants this.

I still can’t believe the Yanks couldn’t get Mathis out, Scott. That was crazy! And Werth will be tricky. They have good players throughout the lineup, so it will be up to CC to tame them – and he will!

I hope your kids bring the Yankees luck, John. If not, you’ll have to revoke their privileges. I’m thinking of staging my own pep rally right here in Santa Barbara, just like the one in Times Square today. The only difference will be the number of people. Maybe I’ll get five? Ten? Well, two for sure.

Thanks for the link to today’s Bats blog, Melissa. It’s always interesting to find out how people become fans of a team and what their fandom means to them. I heard such wonderful stories when I was on the road in ’07, particularly having to do with connections to a family member.

I knew you had to be going, ladyjane! I’m so excited for you. (Will Gayle be with you? Please say hi.) Scream and yell and make the place so loud that the Phillies will get scared and run back home. Have a great time and bring us a win!

The Victorino grand slam is in my scouting report, Jeff. Didn’t you READ the post? (Caught!)

What is with the weather in the northeast this year, Sue? Every time there’s a game, there’s a threat of rain or snow or something. (Of course we’re in fire mode here, so I’m hardly one to talk.) I hope it clears out before game time and that the players won’t have to wear their little Elmer Fudd caps to keep warm. Yes, getting very nervous too. Gulp.

It would be huge if Swisher comes through, Dave. Whatever it takes. He just needs to get hot. And if Tex starts hitting the way he’s capable of, the series is ours.

Since I didn’t like your prediction for the ALCS, I’ll probably skip this one too, Paul. With any luck, you’ll be wrong – again.

That’s good news about the forecast, cheshirecat. I just read that they postponed the pre-game performance by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys to Game 2, so I guess everybody has been expecting rain. But I really hope they play. I don’t want this series to be dragged out like the last one. UGH.

It’s hard to focus on anything except the game tonight, Diane. I can totally relate. And thanks for that link to the prediction. It all comes down to execution. Which team will pitch well? Which will play a clean, error-free game? Which hitters will be hot? Who knows. All I can say is GO YANKEEEEEEEEES.

Thanks, Buz. If only the Yankees would listen to me! Maybe I should make up one of those scouting binders that Girardi is always looking at in the dugout.

Jane, What a thoroughly great report on those Phils. I love the “tips to the Yankees” – clever as always.

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Hi Jane and fellow She Fans,

I’m a little late responding today. Yesterday I complained about our snowstorm but I couldn’t have asked for a better day. My husband is out of town, my high schooler is in bed because the schools are closed and I slept in, skipping my 6am yoga class to have a dream about A-Rod. It was really amazing. I can’t remember the last time I had a Yankee dream. I talked to him about Kate and then gave him a hug as he was leaving for the game. He is big! I languished in bed and finished The Help and cried. A great read (and Jane you’ll love it because it’s about a writer)!

Now I am re-watching Game 6 and reading the blogs. LoHud has some great articles and that’s when I cried for the second time today. MY TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES! I am not as nervous about the Phillies as I was about the Angels. They made me nervous right up until the Kazmir lollipop throw. I think the Yankees have slayed their dragon. No one has mentioned this so here is my own analysis: I thought about this on my walk yesterday and I came home and checked my theory with stats. I checked all the Tripe Crown stats for the top 50 players in the AL EAST and the NL East and by far the AL East is tougher. Think of all the good hitters the Yankee pitchers face all the time. Every team has a tough offense. So the Yanks are used to facing very tough lineups. The Phillies are not. And this, I believe will be the difference, not necessarily with Cliff Lee, but with the rest of the staff. I hope I am right. Laurie
PS. Regarding Bob, what a hoot. My favorite part was when he called Rollins – Reynolds. And it was funny that he got assigned a team. He sure got the best one! And he and I were at the Reggie game together. Except I actually had great seats for that one.

You had a snowstorm and we’re having a “wind event.” Strange weather, Laurie. So funny that you dream about the Yankees too! When I was on the road following them around, I had a Yankee dream almost every night. One time I was giving A-Rod advice about what china and silverware he should use when his date came over for dinner. Another time I was helping Damon find his mother. I must want to feel indispensable to them. LOL! I wish I could feel the way you do – that they already slayed the dragon. I agree that beating all those great teams in the AL was tough. But the Phillies are defending champs and have all the confidence in the world. And I really, really don’t like playing teams that wear red!

Hi Jane and fellow She Fans,

I’m a little late responding today. Yesterday I complained about our snowstorm but I couldn’t have asked for a better day. My husband is out of town, my high schooler is in bed because the schools are closed and I slept in, skipping my 6am yoga class to have a dream about A-Rod. It was really amazing. I can’t remember the last time I had a Yankee dream. I talked to him about Kate and then gave him a hug as he was leaving for the game. He is big! I languished in bed and finished The Help and cried. A great read (and Jane you’ll love it because it’s about a writer)!

Now I am re-watching Game 6 and reading the blogs. LoHud has some great articles and that’s when I cried for the second time today. MY TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES! I am not as nervous about the Phillies as I was about the Angels. They made me nervous right up until the Kazmir lollipop throw. I think the Yankees have slayed their dragon. No one has mentioned this so here is my own analysis: I thought about this on my walk yesterday and I came home and checked my theory with stats. I checked all the Tripe Crown stats for the top 50 players in the AL EAST and the NL East and by far the AL East is tougher. Think of all the good hitters the Yankee pitchers face all the time. Every team has a tough offense. So the Yanks are used to facing very tough lineups. The Phillies are not. And this, I believe will be the difference, not necessarily with Cliff Lee, but with the rest of the staff. I hope I am right. Laurie
PS. Regarding Bob, what a hoot. My favorite part was when he called Rollins – Reynolds. And it was funny that he got assigned a team. He sure got the best one! And he and I were at the Reggie game together. Except I actually had great seats for that one.

Of course Gayle will be there! She’ll probably be twittering with you through the game. My brother-in-law and nephew will be among the bleacher creatures. We’ll be screaming for you and all the She-Fans and She-Fan fans out there. I just wish it would stop raining already……

It’s still raining, ladyjane? UGH! Too bad for all those who went to the rally in Times Square. But I just checked the forecast and supposedly the rain will taper off and they’ll play. I just hope the conditions aren’t too bad. Have fun!!!!!

Just went outside and it is a little windy but not raining. The grey in the sky is not so ominous. I think we’re looking good for tonight! LET’S GO YANKEES!!! *clap clap clapclapclap*

Oh, good, cheshirecat. I’m so glad the rain has let up since ladyjane left her comment. Thanks for the update. I’m counting down the minutes till game time!

I appreciate your kind words, diamondgirl! I’m excited to see how the WS ends up too, even if the thought of it is turning me into a bundle of nerves right now. Thanks for the luck. Every little bit helps.

Boy I have missed reading your entries. Adore this one, so creative (not surprising) and fun to read! I am so excited to see how this year’s WS will end up!!! Good luck to your boys! xoxo http://diamondgirl55.mlblogs.com

Getting close to game time. I hope you all get to read this article, sent by a friend from Michigan.

http://www.detnews.com/article/20091028/SPORTS0104/910280329/Derek-Jeter-s-secret–hard-work

My favorite line in it:
There would be times his mom would be out hitting him grounders.

Mrs. Jeter – the ultimate she-fan!!!!
Melissa

I really enjoyed the blog today, I wonder if George will be there and if he will give the guys in ther locker room a little speech, is their a bigger Gipper now than “The Boss”, I dont think so. Now, as if I need any more stimulation of memories they have pedro in game two, I cant wait, they have to make that Aaron boone night at the stadium. This series is going to be the best in years with the talent on both teams and two good managers. What must they be thinking about in cleveland, not only are both starters from there but George Steinbrenner almost bought the indians team before he had the chance to get the Yankees. Anyway , enjoy Yankee and baseball fans and go and get 27 Yankees!

George is there, arizonacacti. Not sure if he’ll visit the clubhouse but I guess we’ll find out later. I was talking to a friend from Cleveland today and he couldn’t believe how many former Indians are in this series. He’s rooting for the Yankees and says he thinks it’s our year. Sure hope he’s right. Enjoy tonight’s game and let’s go YANKS!

Great article, Melissa. I LOVE that Mrs. Jeter hit Derek those grounders. LOL!!!! The ultimate she-fan is right. No wonder he turned out so well adjusted. I’m sitting here waiting for the game to start. The waiting is agony!

Love the “tips to win” conclusions. Though I have to ask regarding Carlos Ruiz: Run to where? Towards Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco’s “distractions?” You have to shell out a ton of money to fill those empty leather seats by the dugout to do that…

Also, you busted Jeff from Red State on fact checking?!? Another win for the She-Fan!

If I can get away from my work, I’ll get in an inning or a few of this game…

http://heirloom.mlblogs.com

I think those leather seats will be filled tonight, Randy. And yes, I busted Jeff. HAHA. I hope you do get to see the game. It should be a great one.

Hi Jane and fellow She Fans,

I’m a little late responding today. Yesterday I complained about our snowstorm but I couldn’t have asked for a better day. My husband is out of town, my high schooler is in bed because the schools are closed and I slept in, skipping my 6am yoga class to have a dream about A-Rod. It was really amazing. I can’t remember the last time I had a Yankee dream. I talked to him about Kate and then gave him a hug as he was leaving for the game. He is big! I languished in bed and finished The Help and cried. A great read (and Jane you’ll love it because it’s about a writer)!

Now I am re-watching Game 6 and reading the blogs. LoHud has some great articles and that’s when I cried for the second time today. MY TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES! I am not as nervous about the Phillies as I was about the Angels. They made me nervous right up until the Kazmir lollipop throw. I think the Yankees have slayed their dragon. No one has mentioned this so here is my own analysis: I thought about this on my walk yesterday and I came home and checked my theory with stats. I checked all the Tripe Crown stats for the top 50 players in the AL EAST and the NL East and by far the AL East is tougher. Think of all the good hitters the Yankee pitchers face all the time. Every team has a tough offense. So the Yanks are used to facing very tough lineups. The Phillies are not. And this, I believe will be the difference, not necessarily with Cliff Lee, but with the rest of the staff. I hope I am right. Laurie
PS. Regarding Bob, what a hoot. My favorite part was when he called Rollins – Reynolds. And it was funny that he got assigned a team. He sure got the best one! And he and I were at the Reggie game together. Except I actually had great seats for that one.

Hi Jane and fellow She Fans,

I’m a little late responding today. Yesterday I complained about our snowstorm but I couldn’t have asked for a better day. My husband is out of town, my high schooler is in bed because the schools are closed and I slept in, skipping my 6am yoga class to have a dream about A-Rod. It was really amazing. I can’t remember the last time I had a Yankee dream. I talked to him about Kate and then gave him a hug as he was leaving for the game. He is big! I languished in bed and finished The Help and cried. A great read (and Jane you’ll love it because it’s about a writer)!

Now I am re-watching Game 6 and reading the blogs. LoHud has some great articles and that’s when I cried for the second time today. MY TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES! I am not as nervous about the Phillies as I was about the Angels. They made me nervous right up until the Kazmir lollipop throw. I think the Yankees have slayed their dragon. No one has mentioned this so here is my own analysis: I thought about this on my walk yesterday and I came home and checked my theory with stats. I checked all the Tripe Crown stats for the top 50 players in the AL EAST and the NL East and by far the AL East is tougher. Think of all the good hitters the Yankee pitchers face all the time. Every team has a tough offense. So the Yanks are used to facing very tough lineups. The Phillies are not. And this, I believe will be the difference, not necessarily with Cliff Lee, but with the rest of the staff. I hope I am right. Laurie
PS. Regarding Bob, what a hoot. My favorite part was when he called Rollins – Reynolds. And it was funny that he got assigned a team. He sure got the best one! And he and I were at the Reggie game together. Except I actually had great seats for that one.

Hi Jane and fellow She Fans,

I’m a little late responding today. Yesterday I complained about our snowstorm but I couldn’t have asked for a better day. My husband is out of town, my high schooler is in bed because the schools are closed and I slept in, skipping my 6am yoga class to have a dream about A-Rod. It was really amazing. I can’t remember the last time I had a Yankee dream. I talked to him about Kate and then gave him a hug as he was leaving for the game. He is big! I languished in bed and finished The Help and cried. A great read (and Jane you’ll love it because it’s about a writer)!

Now I am re-watching Game 6 and reading the blogs. LoHud has some great articles and that’s when I cried for the second time today. MY TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES! I am not as nervous about the Phillies as I was about the Angels. They made me nervous right up until the Kazmir lollipop throw. I think the Yankees have slayed their dragon. No one has mentioned this so here is my own analysis: I thought about this on my walk yesterday and I came home and checked my theory with stats. I checked all the Tripe Crown stats for the top 50 players in the AL EAST and the NL East and by far the AL East is tougher. Think of all the good hitters the Yankee pitchers face all the time. Every team has a tough offense. So the Yanks are used to facing very tough lineups. The Phillies are not. And this, I believe will be the difference, not necessarily with Cliff Lee, but with the rest of the staff. I hope I am right. Laurie
PS. Regarding Bob, what a hoot. My favorite part was when he called Rollins – Reynolds. And it was funny that he got assigned a team. He sure got the best one! And he and I were at the Reggie game together. Except I actually had great seats for that one.

Hi Jane and fellow She Fans,

I’m a little late responding today. Yesterday I complained about our snowstorm but I couldn’t have asked for a better day. My husband is out of town, my high schooler is in bed because the schools are closed and I slept in, skipping my 6am yoga class to have a dream about A-Rod. It was really amazing. I can’t remember the last time I had a Yankee dream. I talked to him about Kate and then gave him a hug as he was leaving for the game. He is big! I languished in bed and finished The Help and cried. A great read (and Jane you’ll love it because it’s about a writer)!

Now I am re-watching Game 6 and reading the blogs. LoHud has some great articles and that’s when I cried for the second time today. MY TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES! I am not as nervous about the Phillies as I was about the Angels. They made me nervous right up until the Kazmir lollipop throw. I think the Yankees have slayed their dragon. No one has mentioned this so here is my own analysis: I thought about this on my walk yesterday and I came home and checked my theory with stats. I checked all the Tripe Crown stats for the top 50 players in the AL EAST and the NL East and by far the AL East is tougher. Think of all the good hitters the Yankee pitchers face all the time. Every team has a tough offense. So the Yanks are used to facing very tough lineups. The Phillies are not. And this, I believe will be the difference, not necessarily with Cliff Lee, but with the rest of the staff. I hope I am right. Laurie
PS. Regarding Bob, what a hoot. My favorite part was when he called Rollins – Reynolds. And it was funny that he got assigned a team. He sure got the best one! And he and I were at the Reggie game together. Except I actually had great seats for that one.

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