Now That Was Fun
That was an instant ESPN Classic. I’ve played in some good games. I’ve played in some fun games. Right now this might be my favorite game ever.
While we were celebrating on the field tonight, I told Brad Lidge, “I’m tired of setting up your saves!” He was laughing like crazy when I said that. I got the second out in the ninth inning and I was telling myself, wow, this really would be the coolest thing to get a save right here. I hadn’t gotten a save since 2004. And now I had a chance. But I had to face Todd Helton, who is one my favorite hitters to face. He’s unbelievable. When he came up I gave him a little head nod. I think he nodded back. I’m not sure. But I thought it would be the coolest thing to get the save. I wanted it so much I overthrew the last fastball to Helton, and he singled to center field to put runners on second and third with two outs. Charlie brought in Lidge to get the save at that point, but I really didn’t care. I just wanted to win.
After the Rockies had taken the lead in the eighth, I was thinking, ‘Man, I really want to go to LA tomorrow.’ And then base hit, walk, double. Whoa. It was ridiculous, especially when Ryan Howard doubled because they were playing a no-doubles defense. Crazy.
And then Charlie called me in to start the ninth. It was the biggest spot I had ever been in. That’s it. We either go back to Philly to play tomorrow, or go to LA. But I’m happy. I gave up a jam-shot single to a guy hitting .750 in the series in Carlos Gonzalez. And then I gave up a hit to one of the best hitters in the last 12 years. What are you going to do, you know?
Well, I know I’m going to LA and I’m pretty excited about that.
Never a dull moment, you know?