Not only is he pretty to look at, but he pitched a hell of a game last night. Sure, it may have been a bit of a rocky start with the Dodgers scoring in the first inning, but Cole kept his head in the game. And even had a hit! I was so proud.
To be fair, I’m ridiculously proud of the entire team. Yes, I’m aware that there are (potentially) six more games to go in the NLCS (the nervous butterflies in my stomach are a constant reminder), but what a way to start the series off.
In preparing for the series (as a Philly fan I have minimal experience with post-season games), I started Googling “NLCS 2008 predictions.” I was especially interested in finding someone, anyone, who was predicting that the Phillies would take it. I’m still looking. Everyone (that I read/skimmed/heard) has the Dodgers winning in either 5, 6, or 7 games. Even my father, an avid Phillies phan (ha, see what I did just there?) told me, “I think the Dodgers will take it in 6.” When I yelled at him responded with, “What kind of a fan are you?” he said, “You asked me what I thought, not what I wanted.” Fair enough, Papa, fair enough.
Regardless, during my Google quest, I did come across a set of 20 predictions that I found quite entertaining. I’ve posted a few here that I particularly like (and one that I don’t) – the rest I’ll just hang on to as a sort of checklist for the rest of the series. As if I needed anything to make it more interesting.
4. The Phillies’ fans will boo players on both teams. (I don’t doubt it for a second.)
5. The Dodgers fans will throw at least two beach balls onto the field and boo the fan who did it. (More boos? That will just egg on the Philly fans.)
6. Chase Utley will hit a home run and blow a bubble with his gum within three seconds of the ball leaving his bat. (Didn’t that happen last night?)
20. The Dodgers win in six! (Grr.)