Game Day Diary: One Fan's Day In Front of The TV

I decided to give the game diary concept another try. Besides, I bet you're thinking a lot of these same things, arent' you? Today's pitching match up has Brett Myers going up against Byung Hyun Kim. Yesterday's amazing extra innings win for the Phils will be hard to top, but any kind of win will make me a happy guy. It's Steve Carlton bobblehead day, even thought the bobble head looks nothing like Lefty, so it has to be a good afternoon. Anyway, let's get right to the action.

1:49 p.m. Now that the "remember when the Phils were good in the 80s?" pregame ceremony #3,235 is complete, lets play some baseball.

1:51 p.m. Leadoff hit for Johnny Damon. Not the best start for Brett.

1:54 p.m. Nice double play to end the inning. Thanks Nomar.

1:56 p.m. Placido is leading off again today for the Phils. I've lost count on how many different lineups Bowa has used this year. Has to be in the millions. Since there's only so many possibilities for him to use, I'm waiting for the day when he gets so frustrated that he has the pitcher hit fourth and Jimmy Rollins is sitting in the 700 level for the game.

2:00 p.m. Jim Thome snuck a base hit by the second baseman. The Sox are using that monster shift for Jimmy today. Why doesn't Bowa just tell him to slap one down the left field line every time?

2:02 p.m. As Burrell steps up to the plate, Harry announced that he had a great batting practice today. Huh? Did I miss something? If you can't do well in batting practice, when a 50-year-old man is throwing balls right down the middle to you, then you've got a problem.

2:10 p.m. Oh boy, it's Steve and Regina's 52nd wedding anniversary! I'm glad they said that because I forgot to get them a gift.

2:13 p.m. I swear David Bell and Jim Eisenreich were separated at birth. Those two look so much alike that it's scary. The only difference is, Jim could hit.

2:15 p.m. Pratty smacked a double into right center. Todd is the man.

2:16 p.m. Marlon Byrd is at the plate now, and I must say, his cornrows are looking quite good. I'm hoping Kevin Millwood knows a good look when he sees it. Cornrows could be a good look for white guys with receding hairlines everywhere.

2:20 p.m. I love the "everybody hits! Wha whoo!" guy so much it's scary.

2:21 p.m. Phils had two on, but couldn't get a run in. Mr. Kim got lucky there.

2:23 p.m. I never know the answer to the "stump the fans" trivia question, but the answer to today's question has to be Steve Carlton.

2:26 p.m. Error for J-Roll. Although, in his defense, those balls hit by 5'9" 180 pound pitchers are hard to handle.

2:33 p.m. They keep showing these random old guys in the stands. One of which had an eye patch like a pirate. Freaky.

2:37 p.m. Home run Bobby Abreu. That dinger to straight away center puts the Phils on top 1-0.

2:38 p.m. Hey, Pat Burrell grounds out to end the inning, what a surprise.

2:39 p.m. Ahhhhhhhhhh! They just put the camera on Kruker and Wheels, who are in the most ugly shirts I have ever seen. Those Hawaiian style shirts, combined with that turf on top of Chris Wheeler's head almost made me go blind. I'm going to need a minute to recover from that scare.

2:53 p.m. I can't remember the last time the Vet was this packed for a baseball game. It's amazing what a free bobble head doll can do to boost attendance.

2:55 p.m. I know I said it in the last game diary I did, but there is always and ungodly number of car commercials during Phillies games.

3:00 p.m. Seeing that Citizens Bank sign on the backstop just reminded me of my dislike for the new ballpark's name. Maybe it's just in my head, but Citizens Bank Park doesn't have a nice flow to it. Plus, there isn't an obvious way to shorten it like you could with the Vet. Do we call it the Cit? Or the CBP? I think the Phils should return Citizens Bank's money and just name it Doug Glanville Memorial Park. Going to the Dougie sounds like fun to me.

3:02 p.m. After reaching base on an error in his first at bat, Byung Hyun Kim just got a base hit. That's just the sixth hit of his career.

3:05 p.m. Myers got lucky there. With two men on and two outs, Todd Walker almost hit his third homer in two days. That fly out ended the inning though, so that makes five scoreless for Myers.

3:14 p.m. Polanco stole second and third. Then Thome followed my advice by bunting one down the third base line in an attempt to bring in the run, and make me look like I know what I'm talking about for once. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Thome was thrown out, keeping the lead to just one run for the Phils.

3:26 p.m. You know, I really like Kruk as a color commentator. They need to give him more innings to work.

3:28 p.m. Myers got himself out of another two men on jam in the sixth thanks to a Bill Meuller strikeout. Speaking of Meuller, when is going to learn how to pronounce his own name? It's not "Miller" buddy, it rhymes with Beuller. Get it right.

3:30 p.m. There's a double off the wall for Abreu. He's been hitting very well lately. In the last seven days, he's hit a couple homers, and his batting average is well above .300.

3:33 p.m. David Bell's sac fly puts the Phils up by two now. With 86 pitches thrown already, Myers probably won't be able to go the distance. I'm going to start praying that Joe Table doesn't blow right now.

3:41 p.m. One, two, three innings for Myers. Maybe he can get the complete game shut out after all.

3:44 p.m. Yay, I got the trivia question right! Also, Ryan Rupe is in to replace Kim. Interesting fact about Rupe, his middle name is Kittman. Who knew?

3:46 p.m. Marlon Byrd solo home run! That's his first of the year, and gives the Phils a three run lead.

3:49 p.m. J-Roll just went yard. Kittman isn't doing so good.

3:54 p.m. I'm about ready to stab my eardrums with pencils so I don't have to hear the crappy 80's music being played before and after every commercial break.

3:56 p.m. Another perfect inning for Myers. Let's see if he can get three more outs to finish off this great weekend for the Phils.

3:59 p.m. Burrell is now hitless in all four of his at bats today. Another great game for Pat the Bat.

4:00 p.m. Oh yeah, some other reliever came in to pitch this inning, but his name isn't Kittman, so I don't really care about him.

4:07 p.m. Brett Myers gets his first career complete game shut out thanks to his third straight perfect inning. That caps off a great week for the Phils, and was a nice way to end the 80's weekend. I'm sure Hall and Oates are both very happy.

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