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Posts Tagged ‘Shane Victorino’

2011 Philadelphia Phillies Season Preview

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The phrase, “Expectations Have Never Been Higher” is starting to become cliché around these parts.

The season that culminated in the Philadelphia Phillies World Series Championship in 2008 was magical. Cole Hamels was rock steady. Brad Lidge pitched the closer role with the precision of a diamond cutter. The offensive explosion was thunderous. Millions of fans showed up at the parade in Philadelphia to celebrate a brutally long championship drought.

2009 saw the Philadelphia Phillies first flirtation with Roy Halladay, only to scoop up Cliff Lee at the deadline instead. From there, the Phillies sailed into their second World Series in as many years. Though Brad Lidge plummeted back to earth with a resounding thud that year, along with most of the rest of the bullpen, those expectations were a second-in-a-row World Series Championship. It was not to be as the New York Yankees played strong, the Phillies suffered a power-outage (except for Chase Utley), and it didn’t happen the way the Phillies’ fans nor the organization expected. Adding insult to injury, Cliff Lee was allowed to depart Philadelphia after that season over the agonizing screams of fans everywhere.

2011 Philadelphia Phillies Predictions after the jump >>

NLCS – His Name is Matt Stairs

Matt Stairs

And yours isn’t. He was responsible for giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead over the favored Dodgers and you aren’t. His two run bomb gave the Phillies a 7-5 lead and yours did not. That’s why Matt Stairs is the king of all he surveys this morning and you, unfortunately, are not.

Look! Video! After the jump >>