Run Differential Magic with the Philadelphia Phillies

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Run Differential Magic with the Philadelphia Phillies

Almost 10 years ago, some high school friends and I went to a Phillies-Reds game at Veterans Stadium. On 4 September 1999, the Phillies (managed, hilariously, by Terry Francona) were, as usual, out of the race, though they had a record just above .500. The Reds (managed, even more hilariously, by Jack McKeon) were in both the wild card and division race.

We had fun in the near-empty 700 Level of the Vet -- only 16,357 attended -- but it was mainly because we enjoyed heckling the Phillies, not that they could hear us. (That's been a popular pastime in Philadelphia for ages.) Paul Byrd put the Reds down in order in the top of the first and the Phils got 2 runs in the bottom half off Pete "Rated Rookie Pete Harshnish" Harnisch.

Then we got our reasons to heckle. There were nine of them, actually, as the Reds hit a NL-record nine homers in a 22-3 win over the Phillies. It was one of those hilarious blowouts where the final reliever for the winning club (Stan Belinda, in this case) tosses three innings and gets a save. In a 22-3 game.

One of the Phillies pitchers that night was Billy Brewer, now a professional bass fisher.

Last night, the Phillies finally got revenge for the game no one on the current roster probably knows about. The Fightins destroyed the Reds last night, 22-1, though they did hit only four homers. Only four? C'mon, guys!

The Phillies got 10 runs in the first, 9 of 'em off Johnny Cueto, who was fourth in the league in ERA coming into the game but dropped out of the top 10 after lasting just 2/3 of an inning. Cole Hamels ripped a two-RBI double down the first base line to make it 6-0 after a pair of two-run homers by Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs; Chase Utley hit a three-run shot off reliever Daniel Ray Herrera to cap the first-inning scoring.

The Phillies didn't hit another homer in the game 'til the bottom of the eighth, when shortstop Paul Janish gave up a grand slam to Jayson Werth. Janish's ERA for the season is 49.50.

But I know what really drives blog traffic, and that is: Unintentionally hilarious Dusty Baker quotes. Take it away, Dust'!

"We got slaughtered as they used to say... You always think it can't get worse. My daddy told me, don't think that, because it can get worse. And it got worse."

As you all know, they no longer say "slaughtered."

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I was at this game, and before my wife had finished her vegetarian Cheese Steak from Campo's, the Phils had plated 7 runs.

I don't know what she was more excited about, the Phils explosive offense or the fact that Planet Hoagie now offers a vegetarian crab cake sandwich. Also in CBP vegetarian news: This year, Campo's not only offers the standard seitan veggie cheese steak, but a veggie CHICKEN cheese steak to boot. Ground up gym mats for all!

I missed the first four runs due to Jeopardy! Somehow I still got to see 6 more runs in the first inning.

I nearly did a spit take when I saw this score go by on MLB Network last night...

The funny part is the Blue Jays-Yankees game took a half an hour longer to play than this one.

So, are our seats for the Heist in hot dog cannon range?

just curious.....


Everything is in Hot Dog Cannon range. It can reach the upper deck.

That being said, they don't bust out the HDC every night. It's usually just for Dollar Dog night and half-price/college nights.

And when that Hatfield pig mascot is there.

Last season, the hot dog cannon got progressively weaker as the season went on. I was at a game early in the season where I thought it might kill me if it was shot at my section. By the end of the year I was nowhere near as scared.

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