Blogging about the 5x NL East Champion Phillies

Series Preview: vs Boston Red Sawks

PHI: 49-30, 1st in NL East; BOS: 45-32, 2nd in AL East

When: June 28-30
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87) vs Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83) vs John Lackey (5-6, 7.36)
Thursday: Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49) vs John Lester (9-4, 3.66)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN, ESPN 2
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Overview: [Boston accent] .361 average, 16 homahs and 71 Ahr Bee Eyes. I think dat’s all I need tah say ’bout the Sawks’ best freakin’ playah. A-Gahn is a filthy bahstahd and he can hit da freakin’ shit outtah da bahll.

Gawd you Philly fans are screwed. We’re gonnah run train on your asses. We gawt A-Gahn, Big Papi, Cahl Crawfahd, Ellsbury and YOOOOOUUUUUK. Our pitchin’ is Beckett, Lackey and Lestaaah.

Hey, remembah da Cup? Yea, dat’s right. And basketball? Yea we own yous guys. And da Pats. McNabb is still pukin’, dat soup-eatin’ wussy.

We comin’ to your stinkin’ city ‘n’ gunnah sweep you guys. Sawks Nation is wicked hahdcore, baby!

Overview: [English] There needs to be something special done for this series. Boston and Philly are two of the three biggest markets in all of sports on the East coast (New York being the obvious third) and have garnered a great rivalry each year in baseball and hockey.

In 2010, the two Flyers and Bruins met in the Winter Classic, which Boston won 2-1. Then in the playoffs, Flyers made history by becoming the third team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win a series down 3-0. The Bruins got the most recent laugh this past post season, sweeping the Flyers and winning the Stanley Cup, completing a 10-year span in which each Boston team won a championship.

In basketball, the Celtics are one of the top teams in the NBA while the Sixers are just becoming a contender. But despite the lightyear’s in talent between the two teams, both teams play each other hard every meeting. And this season, both teams had one thing in common: they got manhandled by the Heat even thought Philly gave Miami a better test.

In football, the Eagles and Patriots met in the 2004 Super Bowl with the heavily-favored Pats squeaking out a 24-21 win. Philadelphia should have won with how poorly New England played but they puked… eerrr choked away the game thanks to a heaving McNabb (and I’m not talking about throwing a football).

So this little Boston v Philly history finds it’s way to baseball. The Sawks and Phils have been playing each other for the past five or so years and I’ve made my way to at least one game a season. This year, I’m not going – maybe it’s because I’m tired of seeing Josh Beckett hit home runs off the Phils.

But before the season even started and just after the Phils signed Cliff Lee and the Sawks scooped up Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, the two teams have been thrown around as the two World Series participants with a near split down the middle on who will win.

If you thought 2009 was an epic New York/Philly battle, a meeting in the Fall Classic between the best pitching team in baseball and best hitting team, with both representing ravenous sports fans, has “epic” written all over it.

So yea, I’m not going to tell you who’s hitting what for either team and crunch all the fancy numbers. Just get ready for ESPN to jump all over this media-grabber and do that for you.


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