By Joe Christensen
PHILADELPHIA — Speed. Power. Pitching. Defense. Drama.
This World Series has it all, folks. I know last night’s game ended ridiculously late. My head touched the pillow at 3:30 a.m. (Eastern). But I hope you’ve been following it.
Sometimes it seems like the former Twins are everywhere. Matt Garza stepping into the gauntlet last night, in front of those Philly fans*. Jason Bartlett making a terrific play behind second base. J.C. Romero pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the win.
Grant Balfour throwing a wild pitch (when Shane Victorino was trying to bunt), intentionally walking the bases loaded. The Rays bringing their infield in, and then Carlos Ruiz bringing home the game-winner on that do-or-die play down the third-base line.
(* A veteran scribe seated next to me said the noise rivaled the Metrodome from the 1987 and 1991 World Series. And that scribe knew that’s the highest compliment a baseball crowd could be paid. The fans were into every pitch, twirling those white towels.)
“We’re [ahead] 2-1 and actually we could have been 3-0 or basically Tampa Bay could have been 3-0,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, at about 2:10 a.m., in the East. “The games have been close, and there’s been chances for both teams to win all the games. So far, it’s been an outstanding series.”
Game 4 is tonight, and the weather here is beautiful today. So far, the three games have been decided by a total of four runs. Can’t wait to see what these evenly matched teams bring us next.