We learned a couple of things when the Phillies played the Giants in the NLCS. This is a tough Giants team, and they don't appear to be backing down to the Rangers now that they are in the World Series.
The Giants won Game 1 of the World Series last night in convincing fashion 11-7. The mystic that Cliff Lee is invincible is starting to erode just a bit as he got hit around last night.
Maybe it was Lee's hat that had him off kilter last night. It was one of the dirtiest hats I've ever seen a ballplayer wear. I am surprised he gets away with that, it's almost a disrespect to the colors of the team with some much dust and dirt built up, you can't even see the real color of the hat.
I thought about the Phillies during Game 1 of the World Series. I remembered the terrible offensive funk that the whole team fell into during the NLCS, when they could practically not get on base, and when they did they could not score any runners. Yes, Phillies pitchers did keep those games close, but it was a lasting memory for me how the offense just was deflated on every level.
Days after the NLCS loss we learned of the horror of the Phillies plane when it returned from San Francisco and was involved in a 'near miss' upon landing in Philadelphia. That story in itself was scary, baseball aside. In case you missed it, read about the story here.