Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008



I knew this team could do it, I just didn't know if they would, it being a Philadelphia team and all.

First of all: bravo to the Rays. They have much to be proud of and nothing to be ashamed of. I don't see them catching that same kind of lightning in a bottle again in a division containing Boston and New York, but they were a great team from start to finish. Bravo to Joe Maddon, who absolutely must be MLB Manager of the Year.

Cheers to Cole Hamels, Series MVP (he got a new Camaro, and gave it to his wife immediately to celebrate her birthday), and to Brad Lidge, whose perfect season as a closer continued all the way through a series-clinching save. Wow. Record books. And Charlie Manuel: thanks for erasing or justifying years of almost with Tito Francona and Larry Bowa.

This team reminds me a lot of the 2004 Red Sox. Both championships feel less like the result of one season and more like the culmination of a half-decade of drafting, building, struggling, failing and growing. The Phils have been almost there for a decade, broke through last year, and took over tonight. They were no one's World Series favorite at the beginning of the postseason. It doesn't matter.

Boston-Philly next year? We were so close!

The Philles should be a Series contender for years to come. What a feeling!!!! I have had such a terrible week (actually a terrible 2008); it felt good to jump up and down and scream myself hoarse for my boys J Roll, Ryan, Cole, Shane and Lidge.

The only problem is that I left my Cooperstown Collection Mike Schmidt jersey at the Coles'. I may have to make a special trip to Oregon Hill tomorrow just to get it. Not even joking.

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  • At 10/30/2008 4:03 PM , Anonymous Phil said...

    Phils Rule.

    Looking forward to another sports blog on "The Case For Brian Mitchell". Others have had better seasons at his position through the years, but great kick returners seems to only last 2-3 years at the position. I can't think of another return man by name that consistently excelled year after year after year. Mitchell is the standard by which the position is judged. Nobody before or since has done it better for so many years.

  • At 10/31/2008 11:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

  • At 11/10/2008 9:15 PM , Blogger Brad said...

    Hooray for you. You are truly the biggest Phillies fan I know. Hope to share in the joy someday. Love, your Favorite Cubs Fan


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