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I had my fast shoes on last night.

I said earlier that one bad thing about being in the bullpen when your team clinches a division or a series is that because you have such a long run from the bullpen you miss the big pile up. So when Ronnie Belliard hit that fly ball to Shane Victorino for the third out in the ninth inning I took off my warmup jacket. Now, you’re not supposed to do that until the final out is made, but I knew he was going to catch it so I was ready to hurdle the fence and run onto the field.

Of course … no pile! I think I’ll have to hope we have one next time.

This was a pretty surreal moment last year, but I know what we’re doing now. It’s a different feeling for me because last year I got traded here in August. I was a bit player. This year I’ve been here all year, and I feel like I’ve done a good job because Charlie has put me in good position to succeed.

No National League team has played in back-to-back World Series since the Braves in 1995-96. I know they won one and lost one. We’d like to change that. We’d like to do what the Big Red Machine did in the ’70s.

But that’s looking ahead. We’re going to enjoy our next couple days off, or however many Charlie gives us.

17 Comments

CONGRATULATIONS, SCOTT!! I am SO freakin’ happy right now!! Think that about sums it up….of course now I am going to have to break the piggy bank to get a ticket to the World Series (again) :O) But that’s fine by me…can’t wait to get started! ENJOY your celebration!!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Congratulations indeed! Speaking for the millions of Phillies fans out here, we really appreciate the acknowledgement from the team and front-office folks for the support of the fans. We’re in it for the long haul!

Also, watch out for that Red Bull.

Is this the first time a team has gone to the series and not had home field advantage in either year?

Go Phillies! I think not having home field advantage is an advantage! The 2-3-2 format puts enormous pressure on the home team to win both of those first two games otherwise the other team gains a major advantage with 3 in their crib. It makes more sense to do the 2-2-2-1 format, although nobody likes the travel….Anyway, this works to the Phils advantage, just get one of the first two!
Scott, they’ll be a pile after the WS you’ll get to jump on! Be ready with your fast shoes :)

Scott, I have so enjoyed reading your blog and getting an inside perspective through your eyes. I have been a Phillies fan for a long time and this group is by far my favorite. You guys are really special. You always wonder as a fan if the organization and players really understand how much we love them and last night I really got the sense you guys know just how much. Thanks for everything and here’s to 4 more wins!
GO PHILLIES!

Scott Congratutations – We love you all. You’ve given us fans memories for a lifetime. Thank you and know we will be with you cheering you on to win 4 more. Go get ‘em.

Any behind the scenes you can give us about the World Series would be so great, even about what the atmosphere and attitude of the players is like on the bus (will it be a bus?) on the way up to NYC, etc. Anything!

Thank you for writing the blog and giving us a peek as to what you guys are going thru.

Carol http://www.howboutthosephils.molblogs.com

Was this ever in your dreams? Wow. The whole Johnson clan is cheering you guys on here in Salt Lake. 4 More!!!!!

Congratulations Scott! Thanks to you and the bullpen the Phils have quickly made it to the WS again. Keep it going!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Scott, you and the guys in the bullpen really came through in this post season. Thanks so much for that. You have made us Phillies fans so proud!!!!
Last night was great, there will be a pile to jump on in a couple of weeks, so be ready!!
4 more wins to go and the Fightin’ Phils will be World Champs again!!!!!!!!!!! We believe, and Harry is definitely watching over and calling the games from up above!!!!!!!!!!!
Tell the guys to get some rest and come out swinging those bats and throwing strikes. I have been a true Phillies fan for a long time and this has to be the best couple of years that i can remember. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Is this the first time a team has gone to the series in back to back years and not had home field advantage in either year?

sorry lil tired

Scott,

This team is already immortalized in Philly history, but if you were to secure WFC2 (and I think you know what the means, if not, ask your buddy Chase), this city will crown you guys Gods status.

We Should Be GMs- http://pabaseball.blogspot.com

Hey Scott!
Yes congratulations to you and the rest of the Phillies! You guys in the bull pen are doing an outstanding job! Keep up the good work! Keep drinking the Red Bull! I am the former firefighter that has commented before..just remember when Charlie calls on you to do your job on the mound, take that deep breath and gather your thoughts first then hit the mound pitchin! Best of luck to you and the rest of the guys! Remember that we all love you guys, and we will all be watching and supporting our Phightin Phils! I agree with another comment…Harry is watchin and with you guys too! Now let’s go win another World Series! GO PHILLIES!

WOO HOO!!!!!! How AWESOME that here we are again! We’re the new BIG RED MACHINE, baby!! I live in LA (born & raised in Philly), so a lot of my friends are pretty crushed right now…but too bad for them! A Yankkee-fan friend pointed out that it’s (in all likelihood) going to be the Mets’ worst nightmare – Phils vs. Yanks in the World Series! Had to laugh at that one…

Broad St. vs. Broadway (probably)! Baseball’s most storied franchise against its most maligned. You guys are redefining how the Phils are seen Nationally (we still were picked to lose each series so far…when will they learn the New Phillies mean business??) I wouldn’t want it any other way. CONGRATS!!!!!

Scott, :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Going down to the Dominican Republic (Pedro’s country), but from what I understand, they can get FOX.
I will be proud to wear my Phillies gear while down there!
Congrats!
Good luck next week!
Enjoy some down time (not too much!)

Scott:
Congrats to you and the whole team man. This is a whole lot of fun to watch and be a part of. My daughter Erin and I met you at the RPhils this summer (I am the guard at the clubhouse gate and she is the diamond girl who was there with me). You kidded with her and now you’re her favorite.
Keep up the good work and enjoy the ride. I know we do.

Congratulations Scott!! PHINALLY…. the Phillies have an opportunity to gain the respect they deserve & prove to the nation that last year was not a fluke. The phans believe whole heartedly in this team and we wear our Phillies colors with pride. Best of Luck in the Series- I am going to do my part to make sure it is as loud as possible at the ballpark..

TO BECOME A DYNASTY YOU MUST DEFEAT A DYNASTY!!!

Go Phillies!!!

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