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NLDS Game 1: Milwaukee at Philadelphia Open Thread
2008-10-01 11:54
by Bob Timmermann

Live from (Insert name of troubled financial institution) Park in Philadelphia, it's the first game of the postseason, Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the wild card Milwaukee Brewers and the Eastern Division champion Philadelphia Phillies.



  • Cameron, CF
  • Hall, 3B
  • Braun, LF
  • Fielder, 1B
  • Hardy, SS
  • Hart, RF
  • Weeks, 2B
  • Kendall, C
  • Gallardo, P


  • Rollins, SS
  • Werth, RF
  • Utley, 2B
  • Howard, 1B
  • Burrell, LF
  • Victorino, CF
  • Feliz, 3B
  • Ruiz, C
  • Hamels, P


Comments (100)
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2008-10-01 12:08:56
1.   bhsportsguy
Ball one
2008-10-01 12:11:42
2.   bhsportsguy
Milwaukee starts 7 players who were developed in their system. Philadelphia starts 6.
2008-10-01 12:15:17
3.   Bob Timmermann
I sense low interest in this game.
2008-10-01 12:18:46
4.   Mark Linsey
Can anyone recommend the Phillies' vs. the Brewers' radio announcers?
2008-10-01 12:21:45
5.   DXMachina
I like both sets of radio announcers. The Phils have Harry Callas, whose voice you may remember from a million sports related commercials, and the Brewers have Bob Uecker.
2008-10-01 12:21:54
6.   Bob Timmermann
Brewers. You get Bob Uecker, who is actually much more serious than he is on talk shows.
2008-10-01 12:23:19
7.   dianagramr

Kalas is better on football.

Uecker is great for baseball. I listened to him on radio all year.

2008-10-01 12:27:28
8.   ToyCannon
Uecker ranks only second to Vinny for me. Which isn't saying much since it doesn't take much to be above the rest of the dreck.

How about Gallardo coming back so quickly. I hope they don't kill him because they are desperate for pitching. It is to bad for them they are going to lose CC and Sheets because that would have been a trio of terror in 09. I loved Gallardo's stuff before the surgery.

2008-10-01 12:28:44
9.   bhsportsguy
Rain delay, hurts the Phillies or Brewers more?
2008-10-01 12:30:08
10.   Bob Timmermann
I don't think a rain delay would hurt the Brewers as much since this game is being pitched by Johnny Wholestaff.
2008-10-01 12:30:43
11.   Linkmeister
I'll wager I've seen more Phillies highlights than anyone else not from Philadelphia discussing this game on the Griddle, because Shane Victorino is from Maui and our local sportscasters are homers of the first order.
2008-10-01 12:35:13
12.   ToyCannon
Everytime I say Victorino the echo comes back with Werthhhh
2008-10-01 12:37:25
13.   dianagramr

I wonder if Aaron Rowand is happy counting his money while watching this on TV.

2008-10-01 12:39:46
14.   ToyCannon
I sure hope our Clayton can become something similiar to this Cole Hamels character while still wearing Dodger Blue.
2008-10-01 12:42:15
15.   old dodger fan
This game features two very large men playing 1B.
2008-10-01 12:44:03
16.   trainwreck
Damn the Brewers suck at defense.
2008-10-01 12:44:25
17.   Bob Timmermann
I was waiting in line at will call at Dodger Stadium and a man I believed to be Ryan Howard's brother was behind me. He had on a credential that had his name "something Howard" and he was a rather large man too.

The Howard family of St. Louis grows 'em big.

2008-10-01 12:47:40
18.   Eric Stephen
I really like Uecker as well, and not just because he was Harry Doyle.

I still get choked up when he says "The Indians win it, the Indians win it, oh my God the Indians win it!!!"

2008-10-01 12:50:58
19.   thelarmis
good lord, that was ugly! and cammy is the best defender the brew crew has! ugh.
2008-10-01 12:51:05
20.   Alex41592
Defense defense defense.
2008-10-01 12:51:08
21.   MC Safety
Thatta boy, Chase.
2008-10-01 12:51:44
22.   Mark T.R. Donohue
19 I blame the heavy air.
2008-10-01 12:52:03
23.   underdog
I hope the Dodgers don't start off this way defensively. Nothing like giving away freebies when on the road.
2008-10-01 12:53:12
24.   Philip Michaels
4 Having just listened to a couple innings of Phillies play-by-play, I feel confident making this recommendation:

Listen to the Brewers' broadcast. Even if it's nothing but dead air and farm reports.

2008-10-01 12:55:43
25.   Mark T.R. Donohue
The rally towels have jumped the shark (except for Pittsburgh football games). Just for once could we give all the fans rubber chickens as they come in through the gates for postseason games? Seriously, I have an entire drawer of "OctobeR" towels from last year I'm never going to use again.
2008-10-01 12:56:34
26.   Andrew Shimmin
Uecker was George Owens, too. And he wrote my favorite sports figure autobiography.
2008-10-01 12:57:34
27.   Bob Timmermann
I think I will go watch this game at the pizza place on 6th Street. The Indian guys who run it always have one TV showing a sporting event at lunch time and they always had the playoffs on last year.

The Carl's Jr. across the street tends to show daytime courtroom programs.

2008-10-01 12:59:25
28.   Eric Stephen
Your Carl's Jr. has a television? What a time to be alive.
2008-10-01 12:59:55
29.   dianagramr

Hmmm .... we have Asians that make Mexican food. You have Indian guys making pizza.

Is the pizza any good?

2008-10-01 13:00:42
30.   Shaun P
17 A former colleague of mine went to high school with Ryan Howard in St. Louis, and said he was actually a better basketball player back then. And that he had a brother who was even bigger.

Too bad Weeks miffed that play. The Brewers' ability to demolish LHP has really seemed to disappear the last couple of months.

2008-10-01 13:01:53
31.   KG16
18 - Uecker made that movie. almost all the great lines were his.

My personal favorite was after cussing on the air and being told he can't say that, he responds with, "Like anyone is listening anyway."

2008-10-01 13:06:44
32.   old dodger fan
29 My favorite pizza in China is Hawaiian style (made by Chinese). Small world.
2008-10-01 13:07:01
33.   Philip Michaels
25 If what the Angels are threatening to do proves to be as dreadful as I fear, I'll take people waving towels, thanks:

2008-10-01 13:07:46
34.   dianagramr
Is it too early to say that this game is getting interesting (from a Hamels perspective)?
2008-10-01 13:08:58
35.   KG16
33 - people ask me all the time how I can live in Orange County and not be an Angels fan. Well, I would like to mark this as Exhibit #4562188734 for the defense.
2008-10-01 13:09:52
36.   dianagramr

I can see the headlines now ...

"BoSox beaten down by the clap"

2008-10-01 13:14:15
37.   Linkmeister
36 Definition of schizophrenia, Angels edition:

"Clap On! Clap Off!"

2008-10-01 13:16:41
38.   thelarmis
36 any headline with "Bosox beaten...", is a beautiful thing! : )

i still like the NY back page about 20 years ago when david cone threw a stinker: "Cone Takes A Licking"

2008-10-01 13:20:12
39.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Wow, I didn't know the Phillies had a butterfly-style catcher.
2008-10-01 13:21:04
40.   dianagramr

If they can somehow have a rally monkey that can wave a towel while clapping that clapper .... THEN you'll really have something (annoying)

2008-10-01 13:27:26
41.   Bob Timmermann
The pizza good and the restaurant uncrowded as it's farmers market day in Downtown LA. So most people go eat there.
2008-10-01 13:28:46
42.   Dane Bramage
According to Yahoo's line, all 3 runs for Gallardo are unearned?
2008-10-01 13:28:50
43.   Bob Timmermann
This restaurant is called "LA NY Style Pizza."
2008-10-01 13:31:15
44.   Bob Timmermann
Dale Sveum is intending to play a very long game today.
2008-10-01 13:32:26
45.   Dane Bramage
I guess that's better than "Chhattisgarh Pizza Kitchen"...
2008-10-01 13:32:32
46.   underdog
The Viva Viagra! ad makes me want to get back to work.
2008-10-01 13:33:53
47.   trainwreck
What would the playoffs be like without Frank TV ads?
2008-10-01 13:34:13
48.   Sam PHL
Oh no, Frank TV is back.
2008-10-01 13:34:53
49.   underdog
I don't know if I can even watch that Angels-Red Sox series, as g ood as it may prove to be. Between the Angels fans and all the noise gimmicks and my tiring of the Red Sox, I may have to skip it, or at least watch with the sound off. First the Angels try to co-opt LA, and now this. Feh.
2008-10-01 13:35:42
50.   dianagramr

but no Dane Cook this year .... phew.

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2008-10-01 13:36:08
51.   underdog
Jeez. I thought the Frank TV torture would just be last year's playoffs, but no! They keep coming back, like the clap.

TBS: "Very funny." Someone must have spent several challenging minutes coming up with that slogan.

2008-10-01 13:36:28
52.   trainwreck
They did just mention him for that comedy festival.
2008-10-01 13:36:47
53.   Bob Timmermann
I'm very much looking forward to the Angels-Red Sox series. It should be the best of the DS. It helps that I like the Angels.
2008-10-01 13:36:54
54.   underdog
50 Dane Cook = "Not very funny."

See, it doesn't work for TBS.

2008-10-01 13:37:33
55.   underdog
53 - I'm sure it'll be a great series. I'll bite the bullet. But it hurts that I don't like the Angels.
2008-10-01 13:37:58
56.   trainwreck
Angels/Red Sox series is like Ohio State/USC for me all over again.
2008-10-01 13:38:19
57.   underdog
It wouldn't be the playoffs without Craig Counsell appearing somewhere.
2008-10-01 13:38:31
58.   Dane Bramage
Despite sharing the same name, I can honestly say I've never seen anything by Dane Cook. Is that a good thing?
2008-10-01 13:38:56
59.   Philip Michaels
47 "What would the playoffs be like without Frank TV ads? "


2008-10-01 13:39:47
60.   Bob Timmermann
Every successful team needs a Craig Counsell? Really? The Phillies are doomed!
2008-10-01 13:40:40
61.   trainwreck
Unless you are a 15 year old girl, it is a good thing.
2008-10-01 13:42:46
62.   KG16
60 - there's more than one Craig Counsell? Would have been nice if the Dodgers would have had the non-terrible one a few years ago.
2008-10-01 13:43:54
63.   Bob Timmermann
Are the Phillies going to wear the blue caps throughout the postseason? If so., I approve!
2008-10-01 13:44:00
64.   Sam PHL
Is there a non-terrible one?
2008-10-01 13:45:33
65.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers hit the exacta with the crappy Craig Counsell and the crappy Jim Eisenreich.
2008-10-01 13:51:29
66.   Mark T.R. Donohue
42 Error would have been the third out, all subsequent runs are unearned. I never liked this rule.

I always confuse Dane Cook, who isn't funny, with Dax Shepherd, who is kinda funny. "Let's Go to Prison" was a good movie, and he was funny in "Baby Mama" too. But they are two different distinct people, I believe.

2008-10-01 13:52:08
67.   Shaun P
59 Frank TV ads? I can thirty-second skip past those. Don't you mean Chip Caray?
2008-10-01 13:53:07
68.   trainwreck
Dax Shepard = guy from Jackass

Dane Cook = jackass

2008-10-01 13:53:47
69.   trainwreck
Nm, Dax was from Punk'd. Screw that show.
2008-10-01 13:56:17
70.   underdog
66 I like to say, "Dax Shepard, from Idiocracy." He was hilarious in that.


Well, so much for this being a long game... Unless that rain hits soon.

2008-10-01 13:56:52
71.   Mark T.R. Donohue
If present trends continue, Hamels or Lidge in the 9th?
2008-10-01 13:58:10
72.   underdog
...And right on cue, there's rain.
2008-10-01 13:58:15
73.   trainwreck
TBS cameramen have no idea who Brad Lidge is because they just showed Scott Eyre.
2008-10-01 14:01:17
74.   Sam PHL
It was absolutely pouring here for about 15 minutes around 3:30. I was in a meeting, but I don't think they delayed the game then. It's hardly raining now.
2008-10-01 14:06:16
75.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Phillies defense vs. Brewers defense has been a big subplot in this game.
2008-10-01 14:06:32
76.   underdog
The Brewers sure are showing some patience at the plate. :-/
2008-10-01 14:20:18
77.   LogikReader
What is TBS going to do with the extra hour of free time before the Dodgers game? Show Frank TV reruns?
2008-10-01 14:24:59
78.   underdog
Mota seems like the equivalent of waving the white towel for this one.

77 Probably show something "very funny."

2008-10-01 14:27:17
79.   underdog
Nice play, Counsell-or.
2008-10-01 14:29:47
80.   Mark T.R. Donohue
77 Obviously, Dale Sveum did his best to avert such a calamity.

Sveum. Sveum Sveum Sveum.

2008-10-01 14:37:05
81.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Finally, drama!

If Lidge blows this one the research department and I have determined that he loses 60% of his clutchiness. At least.

2008-10-01 14:37:26
82.   Bob Timmermann
Now that fantasy baseball season is over, I no longer care what Brad Lidge does in a game.
2008-10-01 14:37:37
83.   underdog
Good to see the Brewers not rolling over and dying at least. Makes it interesting.
2008-10-01 14:42:21
84.   Bob Timmermann
JJ Hardy up with a chance to make all the runs in the game unearned.
2008-10-01 14:43:14
85.   bhsportsguy
84 No, I think they would be earned because the error did not affect the number of outs.
2008-10-01 14:46:00
86.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Lidge has been craftier than I'm used to seeing him in this inning, taking stuff off of pitches and putting them in weird places instead of just blasting fastball-slider. But he's had to be.
2008-10-01 14:46:52
87.   bhsportsguy
Now, this is where a power pitcher can get dinked by a little blooper.
2008-10-01 14:47:54
88.   Mark T.R. Donohue
That was an excellent start to the playoffs.
2008-10-01 14:48:24
89.   bhsportsguy
How disappointing but the Brewers probably feel better about tomorrow but moral victories don't count.
2008-10-01 14:49:22
90.   ToyCannon
Corey Hart was sure crappy after the all-star game.
2008-10-01 14:54:12
91.   Andrew Shimmin
82- Did you post final standings of your league? Inquiring minds demand to know whether you beat Sam DC's son.
2008-10-01 14:54:30
92.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Hey, look, it's my close personal friend Cal Ripken, Jr.
2008-10-01 14:58:32
93.   Bob Timmermann
My brother Jim beat me by 1/2 point. Sam DC's son finished in sixth, beating out his father for last.
2008-10-01 14:58:52
94.   Eric Stephen
That was for a fantasy league? I thought Bob wore the child abuser jacket like that guy in the bad commercial.
2008-10-01 14:59:53
95.   underdog
90 He's been wearing his sunglasses at night.


Couldn't post this til now, but, sorry, I had to laugh -- when Lidge was pitching to Fielder, he had a pitch a foot and a half off the plate outside and fans were booing the ump's call. I know all teams have fans boo balls and strikes but that was so far outside I was wondering if maybe the rain was affecting their vision? Maybe that's it.

Anyway, congrats to the Phils.

2008-10-01 15:02:22
96.   Andrew Shimmin
Bob's child abusing is more like Frank Thomas's.

2008-10-01 15:04:31
97.   Eric Stephen
Always love that video.
2008-10-01 15:16:01
98.   Andrew Shimmin
The Dodgers should fly out whoever was responsible for it and have him explain to their ad department how to not suck.
2008-10-01 15:28:55
99.   ToyCannon
Wow, thats classic. Couldn't do that in the States without everyone getting all CA about it.
2008-10-01 15:48:25
100.   Bob Timmermann
Century mark!

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