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Seeing Red: Notes from Phillies Country

During this last week of summer, I am on vacation with my family in Southern Jersey, about an hour and a half outside of Philly. As I expected, in my three days here so far, I have seen my share of red (and even some old-school maroon). However, I’ve been seeing a few other colors too. In what has been the extent of my scientific activity this summer, I’ve kept track of the number of people of seen wearing MLB gear. The results, three days into my seven-day vacation, are as follows:
31 Phillies
20 Yankees
5 Mets
4 Pirates
2 Nationals
1 Tigers
1 Red Sox
1 Angels
1 Orioles
1 Rockies
1 White Sox (Okay, okay, it’s me. Gotta represent!)
I’ll be keeping this tally all week. I don’t doubt that I’ll see at least 100 Phillies fans by week’s end. If I was keeping track of football teams, I’m sure I would be able to confirm that I’ll see 100 Eagles fans as well.

So, I can tell you all about the doings of Halladay and
Rollins and all the rest, but I’m a bit fuzzy about my boys. I do know that last night, a dazzling and still rare display of offense was put on for show. 10-0 against the often-potent Rangers? I can live with that. I also know that Carlos Quentin has joined A.J. Pierzynski and Philip Humber among the ranks of the injured. Though Q isn’t expected to hit the DL, this is really a bad time for the injury bug to bite the Sox. With the Tigers sweep of the Indians, it looks like we might actually be able to move into second.

Three Things To Be Happy About

  1. The White Sox beat the Orioles last night.
  2. With said victory, the Sox’ 5-game losing streak was snapped.
  3. Also with said said victory, Mark Buehrle at long last picked up his 150th win.

If you look at my profile picture and scroll down a couple of entries back, you will know that I am happiest about the third item on that list. Yes, my boy, number 56, Mark Alan Buehrle, has now joined a club of only 12 active pitchers that have 150 wins or more. Though 150 is not as nice a number as 200, or of course, that impossible Mount-Everest-esque of a number known as 300, I still am very happy to see a nice, round, clean win total next to his name. 150. I can live with that.

(Though I could live even better with the nice, round, clean win total of 200 next to his name, but one thing at a time.)