For my faithful Lutheran readers who may be expecting a religious-themed post about belief, I’m sorry to disappoint. Baseball is the topic of the day!
The Philadelphia Phillies have completed a crazy four-game sweep of the first-place New York Mets in wild fashion. Despite suffering injuries that decimated the Phillies’ pitching (starting rotation and bullpen) and lineup (Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have both spent significant time on the DL), the Phillies are in the playoff chase at the beginning of Labor Day weekend, and are the most improbable of post-season contenders.
I’m not sure these guys will be playing baseball in October, but after this series I am beginning to, ahem, believe. Maybe, just maybe, this team will pull something together and make it into the playoffs for the first time since I graduated high school in 1993.
Or maybe, as in years’ past, this team will make the first three weeks of September baseball interesting only to screw things up in the final week of the season. Either way, it should be a good month of baseball.
Many thanks to my best friend Josh, whose gift of XM Radio gift cards allowed me to renew my XM subscription and listen to the Phillies from my new home in Northern Virginia. Thanks, Josh. Your gift has given me the chance to listen to some awesome games over the past few days.