The morning after their gut-check comeback over the Mets, the fearless feats of the Phightin' Phils seem even more miraculous.
What a game, and what an easy team to like. Despite the milk-toast efforts of the noncommittal front office, the men who put in the real work are making the most of the hand they’ve been dealt. It took stones to pull off what Jayson Werth did in the 9th, back-to-back steals against Billy Wagner, when the weight of the stadium would have crushed the legs of a lesser man. Then there were the opportunistic hits by Tadahito Iguchi, Pat Burrell and Chase Utley. Three stone-cold professionals getting the job done.
They’re all part of a greater whole, a group winning over the fans with their never-say-die attitude, but more importantly, the way in which they're winning. Yesterday made it 40 comeback wins this season, most in the Majors. That's well over half their wins; they're rescuing themselves most nights. Head to the parking lot early and you're cheating yourself out of the best part. It speaks to multiple traits: Poor pitching, a powerful offense and fortitude.