It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
By Jeff Falconio
I'm sure much of the baseball world will spend the next day talking about how the Phillies took Game One of the World Series. After all, the winner of the first game has gone on to win 10 of the last 11 Fall Classics. So a major advantage for Philadelphia, right? Well, not necessarily. The Phils were sharp to be sure, winning with a very basic formula: early offense from Chase Utley, a dominant start by Cole Hamels and of course a lockdown for the final two innings.
But this is a different World Series altogether. Tampa Bay has been in this situation before, pretty impressive considering this is the first playoff appearance in franchise history. It was just last week when the Rays dropped the first game of the ALCS only to rebound with three straight wins. That was against the mighty Red Sox and if can happen once, why not again? With James Shields and Matt Garza waiting in the wings, the Rays should have an edge with the starting pitching. Remember, the Rays got their offensive act together in a hurry after being shut down by Boston. It's pretty clear by now that Brad Lidge is untouchable so early offense will be critical, but the Rays have been here before, having stared down all the AL heavyweights to win the AL East. Not bad for a team a year ahead of schedule. Credit the Phils though, they did what they've been doing since mid-September, playing smart baseball to rack up another win.
The real winner tonight though is all of America. First, you get some good drama to start the Series. Second, don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited about getting a free taco on November 28. Despite the recent string of forgettable Fall Classics and the Phils stealing homefield advantage, this one is far from over.