Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Werth saves Phillies on "Campaign Cheer" Night

(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
Tonight was "Campaign Cheer" night at the ballpark, a creation of the guys over at We Should Be GM's, and the Phillies woke up just in time to give the home crowd a win over the Washington Nationals. Joe Blanton had a short, unsuccessful outing for the Phillies which left the team in a 4-1 hole in the top of the 5th, but the Phillies fought back to tie the game and then eventually win it on a Jayson Werth homer in the 8th inning. Brad Lidge then came in and did what he does best and slammed the door on the Nationals to give the Phillies a 5-4 win.

It was an interesting night at the ballpark, to say the least, in Jimmy Rollins' first game at home since his "frontrunner" comments. I wasn't at the game, but from what I heard during the television broadcast, Rollins was pretty heartily booed for most of the night, although there were occasions when you could hear some faint cheering. He got booed loudly each time he got out in his first three trips to the plate, but in his fourth at-bat, after he hit a long, loud out deep into the outfield, you could hear plenty of cheering. Other than the booing for Rollins, the crowd didn't sound too different from a normal game, so it will be interesting to hear whether the "Campaign Cheer" group feel like their efforts were successful or not.

Anyway, back to the game. The Phillies did pull out a win, but it ended up being a pretty tough game considering how bad the Nationals are. The Nationals do always seem to play the Phils tough, so hopefully there is no one looking past them at the Dodgers series looming for this weekend. Seeing as how the Nationals have lost 11 straight, even this offensively challenged Phillies team should be able to make short work of them.


GM-Carson said...

Phils won, that's all that matters.

I'm still hoping Campaign Cheer gets stronger and becomes more of a force, but I was pleased with the amount of cheering going on in the game considering they were losing for the better portion of it.

EnriqueFed said...

Great, thanks for the feedback, GM! You're right, the Phils won, and that's what matters! Jimmy did seem to be getting booed pretty vociferously throughout the night, but I didn't hear anyone else get booed.

GM-Carson said...

Jimmy was the only one of got booed. Fans really supported the rest of the club, even more so than normal to spite J-Roll I believe.