In honor of the about to commence Philadelphia Phillies—Los Angeles Dodgers National League Championship Series, I would like to point out that Tommy Lasorda, Mr. Dodger himself, hates the Phillie Phanatic, the Phillies’ loveable mascot. All because the Phanatic ran him over in effigy with an ATV once. Or twice. Or a whole bunch of times.
Here’s the rub, though: Lasorda’s own players routinely gave the Phanatic replicas of Lasorda’s jersey so that he could be run over in effigy, because they thought it was funny. So quit whining, Lasorda. Frankly, we Philadelphia fans needed that kind of sideshow during games because the team stank so badly for so long. That, and it’s a little sad to have a personal vendetta against a silly mascot which which you share a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Elsewhere on the Internets, the Dodgers’ celebrity blogger laureate, Alyssa Milano, in looking ahead to the NLCS (and sort of looking past it to the World Series, too — always bad mojo in sports), seems to believe that although the Phillies look to her like potentially a stronger team on paper than L.A., “the stats don’t cover heart and chemistry.”
Oh, Milano. The Phillies have a lot of heart and chemistry, too. And while they may not have a lot of fancy-shmancy Hollywood celebrity fans, they do have legions of fans who boo everything loudly, occasionally turn violent, and consider Cheez Whiz a food group. So, the Phillies know they’d better have loads of heart and chemistry, because people might start chucking batteries at them à la J.D. Drew.
Personally, I’d rather have a buch of angrily passionate overweight guys on my side in a street fight than a bunch of scrawny Hollywood dilettantes who regularly fail to show up for games until about the third inning or so only to leave early to beat the traffic, but that’s neither here nor there.
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