October 30


Posted 10/30/09

So the Fightin' Phils and the Bronx Bombers are 1-1 in the World Series. While it would have been Totally! Awesome! to be up two games on the Yankees when the Series comes to Philly, I think coming away from NY with a split is just fine.

This was the first year that the Yankees have played in their new stadium and I understand that it is terribly impressive. Shrines to the giants of teams past and to their 40 (!) World Series appearances are intended to intimidate the opposition.

The dominance of the Phillies in Game One seemed to do something to the psyche of New York, especially the fans. Prior to the first game it seemed that they (and most of the sports writers around the world) just assumed that the Yanks would win, that this whole four-game series was just a necessary delay in their coronation. Unfortunately for all of them, the Phillies can actually play baseball and showed up to play instead of applaud.

Yes, the Yankees won last night, in the New House Near The Old House That Ruth Built, but they are coming to the City of Brotherly Love, whose slogan is "The City That Loves You Back."

New York, I wouldn't count on that.