“Major League” and its facilitation of ninth inning histrionics has a small part in the Phillies' late-game struggles.
“Wild Thing” Ricky Vaughn is well within my scope. Nicknames. Entry music. Gimmicks. In hindsight, “Major League” did much to promote the silliness of today.
Playing it cool by abolishing regimented rules and hero worship may be one way to lessen the artificial drama and perhaps assuage the Phillies’ late-inning woes. Yesterday, Ryan Madson, durable enough to go multiple innings, recorded the final four outs. Afterward, Charlie Manuel declined the media’s request to bequeath Madson a ninth-inning knighthood, and rightly so. At least for one game, the Phillies nailed down a close one the natural way, without predefined concessions.