CINCINNATI -- It's such a staple on classic rock stations, you're surely sick of it by now. The Phillies are, too.
The Phillies completed their three-game sweep of the Reds in the division series Sunday night, winning 2-0. It took five days to play those three games. You remember. It began way back, last Wednesday, Oct. 6, when
The first wait was at the discretion of his manager,
By Saturday, the Phillies will have played all of three games in 12 days. Manuel was asked about the irregular schedule. He was asked about the wait.
"If you advance to the next round, if you do good, nobody says nothing," the manager said. (You must stand in awe of the grammar. It will be a sad day in baseball when nobody speaks that way and that day is coming.) "But if you don't, people say, 'The rest hurt 'em.'"
If anything's gone cold right now for the Phillies, it's their bats. The "big" inning in the three games was the third in the first game, when they scored three runs on two walks and three singles. Their seven runs in Game 2 came courtesy of the Reds -- they hit three batters and made four errors -- and
Sunday night, the Phillies' initial run, in the first inning, was another gift of glove. It looked like
When a pitcher gets his work between starts, it's surely not the same thing as facing live batters, but it's still 60 feet, six inches and you can keep all your mechanics going. For a batter staying sharp during long layoffs, BP can never replace the sweaty-palmed reality of facing
The Tims are maybe too young to remember when Tom Petty started singing about waiting. They more likely know Metallica's take on it. Pretty simple, really, and pretty appropriate, right about now:
One "wait" for every guy in the lineup. Save the pitcher.