Saturday, May 16, 2009

Phils and Obama mingle, Nationals almost upset champs

Obama and the Phillies - nice jersey!
photo: AP

The photo op and meet and greet at the White House went really well for the Phillies yesterday. It's all smiles and congratulations from the President to the team that won it all last year. That was really nice.

Here's some comparisons between what was happening in 1980 and 2008:

  • In 1980 we had a democratic President Jimmy Carter, in 2008 Democrat Barack Obama is elected President
  • In Jan. 1980 Chrysler Corporation is given $1.5 billion in bailout money, in 2008 all the major US manufacturers of cars are looking for a bailout except Ford Motor Corporation
  • In 1980 the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl, in 2008 it was the Steelers who had a great year winning the bowl in 2009
  • In 1980 the Phillies defeated the KC Royals 4 games to 2 to win the series, in 2008 the Phillies defeated the Rays 4 games to 1 to win it all. The series MVP's: 1980 Mike Schmidt and 2008 Cole Hamels.
  • In 1980 the Phillies, Flyers and Sixers all made appearences in their leagues Finals: The Sixers lost to the Lakers, the Flyers lost to the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup - in 2008 it was only the Phillies that made it to the World Series
  • Both Phillies teams from 1980 and 2008 won the World Series at home: in 1980 the series was won at Veterans Stadium before 65,838 fans and in 2008 it was won at Citizens Bank Park before 45,940 fans

Now onto last night's game with the Nationals! The Phillies came back again to look like they would take the first game of the series with Washington until the 9th inning when the Phillies had the Nats down to 1 more out. Willie Harris who came in for Elijah Dukes earlier in the game hits a two out double and two runs score incredibly when the relay throw by Chase Utley looked like a throw by a little leaguer and was 15 feet wide of the plate. What the hell is going on with these guys?

Utley and Howard would later score in the 12th on an Ibanez single up the middle. The Phillies didn't deserve to win this game though. It's officially time to worry about this team now. They are playing terribly and there is no doubt about it. It's May 16th not, April 16th today and the Phillies have started this season off incredibly poor.

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