The Phillies finally have themselves a World Series opponent. The Tampa Rays won an exciting game last night in which the loser went home and the winner goes onto the World Series. A tough pitching job there by Matt Garza last night for the Rays, this guy throws 96 mph fastballs the whole game so it seems so the Phillies will have their work cut out for them when they face him.
The Phillies have had almost a week off now, they should be rested and ready to go on Wednesday night. Are they too rested? Probably. A week off to a professional athlete is like 3 months to you and me. The body takes a signal to relax, but that isn't a bad thing I am sure after six months of this long season, the Phillies have rested only as much to heal some of their minds that they are indeed in a battle for the World Series now.
A lot of fans are going to make the trip down here for the first two games. I am down here in Tampa already but I don't have tickets and for the going rate that Stub Hub has them for, I think I will watch these games from my hotel flat screen. I will however rely what is happening down here in the news and generally from what I encounter. I would graciously accept two press passes for bloggers on the Phillies if anyone with some connections reads this and can arrange it! Just email me at Rich @ fightinphillies.com.
Here's a nice story about where the Rays play and what it was called before it became "Tropicana Field" this story is from the New York Times:
Rich Baxter - Fightin Phillies Blog