Last night, the Halos error-ed their way out of the ALCS in a horrific 8th inning, letting the NY Yankees capture their 40th American League Pennant, defeating the Angels 4 games to 2.
That brings up the 2009 World Series against the defending Champs, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies surprised a lot of people in dispatching the supposedly improved LA Dodgers in five games (again). It was an interesting series, because neither team hit all that well – though the Phils put up a record number of runs in a five game series scoring: 8, 1, 11, 5, and 10 runs* — due in large part to the number of bases on balls, hit batsmen and wild pitches allowed by Dodger pitchers – several of whom seemed to be doing their best Nuke LaLoosh impression. Also, the Phils hit well with 2-out and runners on, heeding the age-old advice of the great former Oriole manager Earl Weaver: Play for the 3-run homer.
And so, it’s on to face the Evil Empire. Most of baseball’s punditry have thought this season has been the Yankees’ to lose all year – loaded with their quarter of a billion dollar payroll. And yet – the Yankees hardly looked invincible against either the Twins or Angels, so we shall see. As a footnote, the Phillies and Yanks met in the WS in 1950 (NYY won 4-0) and this year the Phillies won two of three at Yankee Stadium this year during interleague play. The Series starts Wednesday.
*Guess which game they lost?