I want to make that start [this coming] Saturday. I want to ruin the Phillies' season. – Scott Olsen, starting pitcher, Florida Marlins
Get in line, Scottie, the Washington Nationals beat you to the punch.
The Marlins’ rookie left-hander, who surrendered three home runs in his last appearance against the Phillies and then hit a batter to cap off his memorable day, has opened his big mouth on the eve of the final series of the regular season. It appears he isn’t the only one with some sort of grudge against the Phillies:
"I don't like them. I don't want to see them get in…. At this point, that's our only motivation - to not let the Phillies get in." -- Taylor Tankersley, relief pitcher, Florida Marlins.
Someone ought to tell these kids there is more to life than grudges.
Someone else ought to tell the Phillies there is no more life after Sunday if they don’t turn things around beginning tonight and the Dodgers cooperate by losing at least two out of three in their final series.
The only good thing that can be said about last night’s loss to the Nationals is hardly anyone saw it, including the Phillies hitters. The start of the game was delayed 4.5 hours by rain and didn’t end until past 2AM. The Phils dropped two of three in Washington and barely won the middle game. Not exactly a killer instinct.
So, it’s déjà vu all over again: that elusive post-season appearance hangs in the balance of a weekend series against the Marlins. The Phils have been there before. Will the results be different this time?