The Phillies' night can be summed up in one play: Johnny Damon's sixth-inning pop-up. [Link]
I'm sure there are several beer league softball, ex-legion players or backyard baseball dads reading this. Think about where you were, and consider your frame of mind, the last time you fielded a pop-up the way Lee did it in the sixth inning. One question: Were you holding a can of beer in the other hand?
It's a play that will stay burned in New York's craw if the Phillies can complete the task because it so perfectly summarized Game 1. Three off-balance strikeouts by Alex Rodriguez. Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada went fishing twice. Ten strikeouts, no walks, no earned runs total. Lee set the pace, changed speeds and moved the ball in and out of the zone. The Yankees had no idea what was coming. Few, if any, hits were hard hit, in sharp contrast to those hit by the Phillies. According to Baseball Tonight, it was the first World Series game since 1903 (the first World Series) in which a starting pitcher struck out 10-plus and walked none. Lee wasn't the only one putting himself in exclusive company. According to Scott Lauber of the News-Journal, Chase Utley joined Babe Ruth as the only left-handed hitter to smack two homers off a left-handed pitcher in a World Series game. Just sick.
Readers: "As important as Lee's performance was tonight, it was BBs yet again tonight including JRoll's walk to start the top of the 8th and Ibanez's huge 2-out, 2 RBI hit that really sealed this game. The air just went out of the stadium after that point and the Yanks and their fans basically checked out after that point down 4-0." - MG
"The Yankee bullpen outside of Rivera is very shaky and has looked 'not ready for prime time' in this postseason. It was a Washington Nationals-type of late inning performance. I was almost expecting Girardi to bring Saul Rivera or Julian Tavarez into the game." - denny b.