I wasn’t sure who I wanted to root for going into this World Series. On the one hand, I’ve always been a National League girl. On the other hand, I’ve been a New Yorker for seven years now and no New York team has won a World Series since I’ve been here (and the 2003 Yankees were the only team that won a pennant in that time). Then there’s the fact that the Phillies gave my Cardinals fits all regular season and that if I had to root for a New York baseball team it would probably be the Mets.
I remained undecided during the first two scoreless innings. Then Chase Utley hit his first home run, I gave a little “woo!” and discovered I’d picked a side after all. So, with apologies to Lady Bee and Buffalita, I’m rooting for the Phillies. National League alliances die hard.
It really can’t be understated how much it rained in New York City yesterday. I walked into the subway in the morning to find water cascading down the walls as it leaked through from above, and the rain continued at a steady pace until late in the afternoon. Kudos to the grounds crew for having the field as well prepared as it seemed to be during the game — though I guess this is one advantage of playing in a new stadium with state of the art drainage.
Chase Utley hit not one, but two, home runs off C.C. Sabathia, providing the sole offense (well, until the Yankees bullpen got involved in the 8th inning). This was great for two reasons: it got Joe Buck and the rest of the media to shut up about the ridiculous “what happened to all the homers in Yankee Stadium in the postseason” story for a bit, and it extended Utley’s postseason on base streak to a record 26 games.
This just in: Cliff Lee is really good. His curveball is fighting Adam Wainwright’s for first place in my heart. (Adam’s is winning because he’s a Cardinal, but the fact that there’s a question at all is an indication of how nasty Lee’s stuff is.) Sabathia, it should be noted, was pretty good, too, managing to get out of trouble with everyone except Utley. Somehow the great offensive Series everyone was expecting yielded an old fashioned pitching duel in Game One (for 8 innings anyway), which is okay by me, especially since it meant we hit the 9th inning before 11 pm Eastern.
So, game one goes to the Phillies, and I now know who I’m rooting for. What about you?