Each morning during the playoffs, we'll attempt to answer some questions about the playoff games that absolutely nobody asked. This could be helpful and fun or this could be painful and uninformative. Either way, it's another listicle in the listicle-ful sportsblogosphere.
- So, was that a strike to Jeff Kent or not? I don't know. With two on and two out in the seventh, Kent came up to face Cole Hamels, who had just reached 99 pitches. Credit to the FOX network for capturing a hot tete-a-tete between Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee in the dugout about whether Hamels should stay or he should go. We all thought it was curtains for the young lefty when Uncle Cholly emerged from his subterranean perch; but alas! There was a brief meeting on the mound and Hamels stayed in to strike out Kent on a very questionable low strike three that sailed just away from Kent at his knees.
- Where is Rafael Furcal going to end up next year? Because I doubt he'll want to show his mug in Dodger Stadium ever again after last night's debacle. Kid made three (3!) errors in the fifth inning, setting an NLCS record for oopsies and helping the Phils score two unearned runs. He's a free agent now and teams tend not to keep middle infielders who make glaring errors. I see Furcal playing in Chicago next season, just because.
- If the Phils win the World Series, will Ed Wade get a ring? Pat Gillick must have brass balls and a solid gold asshole because he had the gall to credit Philadelphia's hated Ed Wade for the Phillies' National League title. Sure, Wade brought Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, Brett Myers, Ryan Madson, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino into the organization during his tenure, but the team consistently came up short year after year. It took shining white knight Pat Gillick to bring in such elite names like...uh...well...Joe Blanton? So Taguchi?... before they could get to the big dance.
- Will Manny Ramirez stay in Los Angeles? The Dodgers would be crazy to let him walk. Forget the money, forget the length of contract, forget the strange behavior, forget the dickhead agent, and forget the occasional simple assault, Manny Ramirez is a cash cow for the franchise. He puts asses in seats and in the past few months he created an actual exciting atmosphere in Dodger Stadium. Who cares if the team goes 81-81 next year? Manny Mania will put cash in Frank McCourt's pockets.
- What about the American League, Rob? We'll cover that later tonight, with another special guestglogger. Join us at 8PM for ALCS Game Five, y'all.