We'll be doing short wrapup posts about each of yesterday's games, by the way. In case you're wondering.
It has been so long since the Phillies hosted a postseason game that we had to wonder how they would handle losing Game 1 of the NLDS to an oddly dominant Jeff Francis and the Rockies yesterday. They've been strangely quiet on the blogs, but a visit from a Rockies fan to enemy territory — hopefully properly disguised — might tell the real story.
y favorite part. In Holliday's 1st AB of the game, the crowd chanted "Touch the Plate"....hilarious ... Philly sports talk radio on the drive back to DC was already calling for Utley to be benched in favor of Iguchi ... Philly's fans with Helton coming up: "Crap...just walk him." "This guy always hits .400" ... The Rocky theme song is played about every 5 min. Honestly....could it be any more overdone? The Phillie Phanatic dressed up in boxing gloves and a warmup robe to "box" some pasty white guy in a Rockies hat right in front of the Rockies Dugout inbetween innings (I think the 5th). Naturally he was knocked out.
We do think the early lead disoriented the Phillies fans, who were seemingly suspecting a blowout and a sweep. (Or, as Purple Row put it, "the Phillies four-game series win starts today, we guess.") But that wasn't much of a homefield advantage yesterday. They better pull together fast this afternoon.
Report From Game 1 [Purple Row]