AtS’s Not-So Scientific Breakdown: The 2009 World Series

October 28, 2009

Tonight in the Bronx, the Philadelphia Phillies will face the New York Yankees in game one of the World Series. While we predicted this match-up in April, we never really detailed any reasons why; but we’re not going to waste the second chance.

Now, by going through a comprehensive comparison of each team, Against the Spread presents the means in which the Philadelphia Phillies will defeat the New York Yankees in six games:

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Harry Kalas: 1936-2009

April 14, 2009


Yesterday before their game against the Washington Nationals, the Phillies lost long-time broadcaster Harry Kalas. He was 73 years old.

Kalas was found collapsed in the broadcast booth around 12:30pm and rushed to a local hospital where doctors pronounced him dead around 1:20. Kalas is survived by his wife Eileen and sons Todd, Brad and Kane. Todd is a play-by-play man for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he did not attend last night’s home opener for the team.

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Phillies Get the Hardware

April 8, 2009
"a priceless artifact that can't be purchased, only earned." - Harry Kalas

"a priceless artifact that can't be purchased, only earned." - Harry Kalas

Last October we watched the Phillies become WFC. While it was great at the time it only got better every time we went to the store and saw a shirt, hat coffee mug or license plate that proclaimed the Phils as world champions.

The Phillies just received their rings at a raucous Citizens Bank Park and it might finally hit me when I watch this later tonight. It’s hard to watch the TV at work.

Admittedly, I’ll probably cry when I see Jamie Moyer throw the ring on his hand, and if that doesn’t make me, I’ll definitely lose it when I see Pat slip on the bling.

Last year the Phillies didn’t get a win until their third game, on a walk-off walk. Now would be a good time for the first repeat of the year…

2009 AtS Baseball Prospectus

April 6, 2009

Last night, the Phillies opened up thier world championship defense with a lackluster four-hit performance in a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Here are our team by team previews for the 2009 season…

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2009 Phillies Preview

April 2, 2009

2008 was a magical year for the Phillies. Much maligned throughout the season, the team went 17-8 in September to secure their second consecutive National League eastern division championship in as many years and home-field in the wild card playoffs. After handling the Brewers in four games, combined with the Dodgers sweep of the Cubs in the opposing series, the Phillies won the first two games of the NLCS at home en route to a five game series win over the Dodgers to send them to their first World Series since 1993. In the series, the well-rested Phillies split the first two games against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg before coming home to win the next three games and become, well, we’ll just let “The Man” tell us…

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Our Favorite Presents of 2008

December 24, 2008

Over the past year, many of our favorite athletes/students have given us some great things to remember. Being that it is the holiday season, and this will be out last post until Christmas, let’s take a look back on some of the greatest gifts of 2008. The list, after the jump…

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Reflections of a Parade: First Person

November 3, 2008

Friday was the Phillies victory parade in Philadelphia. I did not get to go, but my younger sister and mother did (big ups, Mom and Julie). Between horror rides on SEPTA, Julie got some shots.

I could sit here and write a post on how amazing it looked from my computer at work, but I’ll let her pictures tell the story… Read the rest of this entry »