World Series Game 1: Phils @ Rays


It seems like pitchers and catchers reported to camp just yesterday, but here we are, 219 days later getting ready for Game One of the Fall Classic. We’ve already been well versed in Tampa Bay’s worst-to-first story, and we all know that the city of Philadelphia hasn’t won a championship in the four major sports since the 76ers took home the title during the 1982-83 season, so really all that’s left is to watch the games.

The Phillies have already managed to lose a World Series to the Yanks, Red Sox, Orioles & Blue Jays in their history, and the Rays will look to complete the AL East sweep starting tonight with Scott Kazmir on the mound. The third longest tenured Ray is the fifth youngest player on the team, and hasn’t looked right for a good month now. This is no time for excuses though, he just has to get it done now.

Taken two picks after Kazmir in the first round of the 2002 draft, Cole Hamels looks to continue his superb postseason pitching tonight, except now he’ll be facing a real lineup instead of those wimpy NL offenses. The Phils haven’t played a game in a week, so there figures to be some rust early on. Simulated games and extra BP can only do so much.

The pre-game ceremonies start at 8pm, with the game to follow afterwards. Joe Buck & Timmy McCarver have the call on FOX. Yippee.

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF Jayson Werth, RF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, LF
6. Jayson Werth, RF Shane Victorino, CF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Chris Coste, DH
9. Carlos Ruiz, C
- Cole Hamels, P (14-10, 3.09)

Tampa Bay
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. BJ Upton, CF
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Carl Crawford, LF
6. Willy Aybar, DH
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Ben Zobrist, RF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
- Scott Kazmir, P (12-8, 3.49)

I’m going to throw my predicition out here for the record: Rays in 6, with the Phils winning only Hamels’ starts. If the Rays win tonight, get the brooms out. MVP … let’s say … Carlos Pena.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. jsbrendog says:

    rays in 7 mvp longoria you heard it here first kids

  2. Steve says:

    Phillies have been around over 100 years, and watch them get swept by a team thats been in Baseball for about 5 minutes.

    Oh, the pain.

  3. E-ROC says:

    Go Phillies! Phillies in 5

  4. Steve says:

    “Report: Yanks Have Interest in Aaron Rowand

    Written by: Frank Russo

    Our sources down in Tampa have informed us that the Yankees will be exploring trade possibilities with the Giants for center fielder Aaron Rowand. It is pretty well known that the Giants are interested in upgrading their hitting, which was anemic at times last season, and the Yankees could send a package of players for the speedy outfielder.

    It remains unclear as to what it would take to bring Rowand, one of the Majors best center fielders, to the Bronx, and no, Robinson Cano’s name has not been mentioned in any possible trade for him.”


  5. Phillies in 7. MVP – Wait for it… BRAD LIDGE. Yeah, that’s right.

  6. Steve says:

    I hope everyone has seen this by now, but just in case you haven’t


    No, that wasn’t a Bud Light commercial. It actually happened.

  7. Mike Pop says:

    Would Scott Baker for Cano work Mike ?

    • Mike A. says:

      Maybe, but then they open a big hole at 2B. They’re better off keeping Cano. Plus I don’t think the Twins would take on the rest of Cano’s deal.

  8. Jake H says:

    Rays in 6. MVP Carl Crawford.

  9. Mike Pop says:

    Did Tex just say he wants to play for the Yankees next season on this espn show right now ?

  10. Mike Pop says:

    Does anyone know why Joba doesnt talk to his mom anymore ?


  11. E-ROC says:

    I am so tired of Buck and McCarver. Are there any other broadcasters available to do the World Series? Enough already.

  12. Mike Pop says:

    Scotty Kaz gonna get bombed tonight with all those lefties..Howard and Utley both go deep tonight

  13. Mike A. says:

    Nice, free tacos again.

  14. Joseph M says:

    I always pull for the American League so I hope the Rays win, but I think the Phils will take it in 6. It’s hard for me to root against the Phils after the beating they put on Torre’s Dodgers.

  15. Ivan says:

    Hey Jamal, are ya kinda worried about the expectation of the Blazers? Im still worried about the health of Oden and they are very young.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Give me youth every single time when it comes to basketball. They also play in a conference with championship contenders in the Lakers, Spurs, Suns, Hornets and Rockets. Trust me, they are going to grow up real fast.

      Unfortunately, I think Greg Oden has to prove he’s durable, so there’s nothing I can say to that.

      As to their expectations, I just hope they remember that as much as they creeped up on unsuspecting teams last year, that shit is not happening this year. People know now.

  16. Mike A. says:

    So which Ray gets the biggest ovation during introductions? Gotta be Longoria, no?

  17. A.D. says:

    Is Ruiz any good defensively…because his offensive numbers were scary this year, worse than Varitek scary

  18. E-ROC says:

    LOL, Carl Crawford even jogs fast.

  19. Ivan says:

    Hey Mike, if Jesus Montero has a terrific year in 09, would he crack the top ten? Especially if he makes improvements to his defense?

  20. A.D. says:

    Zobrist in RF…WTF?

  21. Mike A. says:

    Brutal, just brutal job on the National Anthem.

    And weren’t there five Backstreet Boys?

  22. Joe says:

    Dear God, End it!

  23. E-ROC says:

    Why do singers always put their twist on the National Anthem? However, Backstreet Boys did a good job.

  24. A.D. says:

    Coste as the DH….really thats the best they could come up with. Let Matt Stairs hit, yeah hes a lefty, but probably still a better hitter than Coste

  25. Ivan says:

    Everytime you look at a Pop group, you tell yourself, I know nobody in that group can beat me in a fight.

  26. Mike A. says:

    Heh, did you hear the Phillies’ motto during the WS?

    “Why can’t us?”

    That’s awesome.

  27. Mike A. says:

    I can’t believe I’m about to watch a World Series game in The Trop.

  28. E-ROC says:

    24 will be on the tube in 30 days!

  29. Ivan says:

    Yo whats up with Brett Farve and him talking to Matt Millen and etc? Whats up with that situation.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Who’s the bigger AHOTW (Ass-Hat of the Week), Curt Schilling or Brett Fav-ruh?


    • Mike A. says:

      I don’t think there’s anything to it, the media’s making way too much of it. He’s not on the Packers, he doesn’t have a playbook, what does it matter?

      • Steve H says:

        Because he keeps changing his story. At first the call never happened, then it was a hunting call, now they talked football, and there were other people in the room. Had he been honest from the outset, I would believe that there is nothing to it, however, his lies up front make it look like he’s hiding something.

      • Steve says:

        I’m with you. This is the kind of story that the media runs with for 2 weeks that fans couldn’t care less about.

  30. Mike Pop says:

    I keep hearing Derek Lee might be available, I dont understand why he would be but should he be considered an option if hes available ? What would we have to give up and dont forget he has a ntc so we might have to give him some extra cash

    • Ivan says:

      I wouldn’t mind Derek Lee on the Team. Tremendous glove and a good hitter. Probably might take a good piece(s) to get him.

      • Mike Pop says:

        According to Tim Dierkes he says it wont take a real good piece.. He has 2 yrs 26 mill remaining which is nice.. Tex is obv the first choice but Lee is awesome and could be a nice stopgap for Montero or w.e

  31. Ivan says:

    Speaking of Bad elbows and needing TJS, Carson Palmer might need TJS. Is that a first? That’s realling interesting if a QB got TJS.

  32. Mike A. says:

    Love me some CF cam.

  33. E-ROC says:

    That’s a different camera angle.

  34. Jamal G. says:

    FOX’s “Keys to the Game”:

    Philadelphia Phillies: Lineup behind Cole Hamels.
    The Phillies scored the second most runs in the National league (799).

    Tampa Bay Rays: Take advantage of the home field.
    The Rays had the best home record in all of the Major Leagues in 2008 (57-24).

    God damn you people.

    • Ivan says:

      Hold on The Phils were second in the NL in runs scored despite only scoring 799. Less than 800 runs. That’s surprising.

  35. Mike A. says:

    Get ready for a 10-min McCarverRant on the shift.

  36. E-ROC says:

    That was close.

  37. Jamal G. says:

    The first time I ever heard of the “New Kids on the Block” was when Eminem shitted on them in the Marshal Mathers album. I forgot the song, but the lyrics were: “New Kids on the Block suck a lot of @#$%/ boy-girl groups make me sick…”

  38. Mike A. says:

    Yikes, where was that pitch?

  39. E-ROC says:


  40. Ivan says:

    Chase Utley doing the damn thang.

  41. Mike Pop says:

    Rays were gonna dominate this series eh ?

  42. Jamal G. says:

    I always like when managers never react to something during a postseason game, what phonies. ;)

  43. Jamal G. says:

    I want to hear what Joe Buck has to say about the cowbells. He’ll see what happens if he talks shit about a Brooklyn dude.

  44. Mike Pop says:

    Upton was mad excited to announce his name

  45. A.D. says:

    haha crawford screwed up

  46. Mike Pop says:

    Wtf howard lol

  47. A.D. says:

    Someone has to get to 1B

  48. Mike A. says:

    AkiGrit right there. How did no other team bid on that guy? Amazing.

  49. Mike A. says:

    Anyone see The Strangers? I watched it last night … started off scary, but then got kinda lame.

  50. A.D. says:

    Victorino, media crush

  51. A.D. says:

    God what a shit baseball park, hopefully this WS helps Tampa get a new stadium

  52. Mike A. says:

    “I think it’s safe to say the players on these teams are looking for different rings.”


  53. Ivan says:

    Wow Kazmir you BB Feliz.

  54. UWS says:

    You know, aside from that one game against the Red Sox Kazmir hasn’t really impressed lately.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Ya and not going deep hurts his ranking as a top starter.. Last season he was great tho. He dominated the Sox last season if i remember corrrectly

  55. A.D. says:

    Victorino looked around, figuring he was out

  56. Mike Pop says:

    After this performance we might be able to get Kazmir for Zambrano but ill settle for Balfour or JP Howell

  57. Mike A. says:

    That story’s a bunch of crap. They’ve been ringing the cowbell at the Trop long before Sternberg got there.

  58. Mike Pop says:

    Victorino is shaking up Kaz

  59. A.D. says:

    And they’re stealing the 80/20 formula from business

  60. Mike Pop says:

    Why run there ?

  61. Mike A. says:

    You don’t run on the Bossman. Victorino is so teh grit.

  62. Steve says:

    Upton is such a fucking stud.

  63. A.D. says:

    Ruiz slugging was lower than his OBP this year, yike.

    Victorino gunned down, suprising

  64. Ivan says:

    You know what, just watching this postseason and watching the yankee this season, CMW is one of the most underrated players in baseball.

  65. Jamal G. says:

    Isn’t the 80-20 formula when you are not fully statisfied with your significant other, so you dump then looking for something better and realize that you sacrificed most of the good you had before just to chase that one thing you were missing?

  66. A.D. says:

    MLB network?

  67. Mike A. says:

    Are they seriously not going to show a replay of the throw? Wow, go FOX.

  68. Mike A. says:

    Heh, Longoria just got his first taste of Hamels’ change.

  69. Mike Pop says:

    Phillies gonna lock up Hamels soon ?

  70. Mike Pop says:

    Where would you rank Garza for the Rays Starting pitchers(lets include Price) ? Garza has potential to be better than Shields right ? Hes gotta be 2 or 3 right ?

  71. Mike A. says:

    A check swing plop job?


  72. Jamal G. says:

    Take your pick: Clay Buchholz, Phil Hughes or Tim Alderson.

  73. A.D. says:

    so they start Zobrist 20 days later after being the “hottest hitter on the team” instead of Baldelli…why?

  74. Mike Pop says:

    You all know I have a mancrush on AJ

  75. Mike A. says:

    Oh look, Ryan Howard strikes out on a breaking ball a foot off the plate. You could have guessed it.

  76. Mike A. says:

    The Phils are going to regret letting Kazmir off the hook inning after inning like this.

  77. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, I was checking the threads from earlier today; you guys really owned the shit out of that Chris C. fellow.

  78. Mike A. says:

    Zobrist with a hit. Maddon’s a genius.

  79. Mike A. says:

    AkiGrit. Bases loaded with Bossman, Pena & Longoria due up.

  80. Mike Pop says:

    Upton grit ? Where was it

  81. Ivan says:

    Upton there’s not much you can do.

  82. UWS says:

    Wow, that was downright Jeter ARod-esque.

  83. Mike Pop says:

    Yes im gonna say it Jamal cuz BJ just pulled an A-Rod

  84. Jamal G. says:


    So take advantage and get somebody young and cool to sing the National Anthem. Rihanna and T.I., for instance.

    I know he’s just using his name as an example, but come on, you want Tip fucking Harris singing the national anthem? Really?

    Speaking of which, anybody listened to Paper Trail yet? I got it but haven’t listened to it as of yet.

  85. Mike A. says:

    BJ Upton is obviously not clutch. They should trade him for Shane Victorino.

  86. Jamal G. says:

    Are they booing B.J. Upton?

  87. Mike A. says:

    That was a helluva play by Zobrist.

  88. Mike A. says:

    Dare we start an RAB Fantasy Basketball League? I’ve never played and would be at a marked disadvantage.

  89. Mike Pop says:

    Phillies looking good that time off hasnt showed just YET

  90. Mike A. says:

    Are we really going to have to listen to the Rocky music after each half-inning ends?

  91. Jamal G. says:

    Which are you guys more excited about: the prequel to “300″, “Sin City 2″ or “Watchmen”?

    I haven’t read any of the respective comics, but I loved the “Sin City” and “300″ flicks. Personally, I’m more excited about the former’s sequel.

  92. Que pasa que yo no te veo

  93. Ivan says:

    WOW McCarver.

  94. E-ROC says:

    “Pack the bags, light the lights, curves are coming left and right.” Tim McCarver’s a lyricist.

  95. Jamal G. says:

    Listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver attempt to make a joke is so fucking painful.

  96. Ivan says:

    Anybody watching SAW V?

  97. Ivan says:

    That’s Nasty.

  98. E-ROC says:

    Just plain filthy!

  99. Mike Pop says:

    Hamels is the best postseason pitcha ever

  100. Mike A. says:

    Jason Bartlettaco.

  101. Jamal G. says:

    He’s still not Chinese.

  102. Mike A. says:

    Akinori Iwagrita.

  103. Mike Pop says:

    Hate to be a pain in the ass but New thread ?

  104. Mike Pop says:

    South Park or Family Guy ?

  105. Joe says:

    What’s up with that little twist of Upton’s ankle?