Although the game ended about three hours ago, I am still incredibly giddy over the Phillies’ improbable 10-2 win over the Florida Marlins at Dolphins Stadium today.
Down 2-0 going into the ninth and facing incredibly tough lefthander Dontrelle Willis, who was three outs aways from a complete game and his 22nd win of the season, the Phillies sent 14 men to the plate and scored 10 runs on eight hits — aided by FOUR errors by the Marlins — IN THE INNING!
As of this moment, the Phils (80-69) are tied with the Houston Astros for the lead in the race for the National League’s wild card playoff spot. A loss by the Astros tonight would even things up in the loss column and put the Phils a half-game up in the NL wild card race.
A comeback like the one staged by the Phillies today has me thinking this isn’t your typical Phillies team that fades away in September…this team is fired up, resilient and comes ready to play everyday. This, folks, looks like a playoff team.
The Phillies have used a number of slogans that have come back to haunt them over the past few years…”Believe,” “Now is the Time,” and “Bring It On!”
Well…this year…I Believe that Now is the Time…Bring It On!
(Pictured: Phillies celebrate during a 10-run ninth inning that propelled them to a 10-2 win over the Florida Marlins at Dolphins Stadium, Sept. 17, 2005. Photo by AP.)