Phillies Save the World

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Can’t recall congratulating or even ever not booing a team from Philadelphia yet today I say job well done to the Phillies. On Sunday when a bizarre storm
struck Coors Field in Denver, and the Rockies grounds crew was being tossed around like cows in the movie Twister, the visiting dugout emptied like John Kruk with a bead on the free buffet..

The Fighting Phills stormed to the rescue, regaining control of the way-way-wayward tarp, and saved a couple of crew members trapped beneath. The video really is stunning, take a look here.

Two things though amazed me more than seeing a member of the grounds crew hanging on for dear life while being dragged along the turf at, say, 40 miles per hour. First, that the Phillies reacted so quickly and with such heart to what most professional athletes would have deemed as something “not there problem”. They even had fun playing in the rain as the tarp was tamed.

And 2nd, that the Rockies themselves were nowhere to be found. Well, one of them took part. Former Oriole LaTroy Hawkins got his hands just as dirty as dozens of Phillies, but looked terribly out of place as the only member of the home team helping the home grounds crew. Even the umpires grabbed a hold of an edge till the sand bags arrived. Not much pride being shown from the Rocks.

And karma rewarded the Phillies for their charitable efforts. One loss shy of 10,000 for the franchise’s career, Philadelphia scored three times after the weather delay to ensure an 8-4 win.

Okay, break times over, you may resume booing all things Philly.


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