Nothing like a couple of wins and three consecutive well-pitched games from your starters to lighten the mood around these parts to say nothing of in the Phillies' clubhouse.
Speaking of the clubhouse, no matter what else Wes Helms does this season he's already a favorite of mine. I loved his description of the closed-door meeting Charlie Manuel held just after the heartbreaking loss on Friday night and prior to Cole Hamels' stellar performance the next evening. Helms characterized the discussion as "...more or less like a family dinner. You just sit there and talk. What do we need to do to make things better? It's not one person. It's not two people. There are 25 of us. We had about 10 different players talk. It was a Thanksgiving dinner conversation. There was no yelling. It was just talking about what we've got to do."
Talk about taking things in stride! Who needs Charlie Manuel's folksy ways when the Phils have Wes Helms? Come to think of it, I'd bet Helms knows how to make the double switch.