The Phillies completed a grueling September no worse for wear in a manner that couldn't have been scripted better.
The Phils crossed everything off their checklist this week: set the franchise record for wins, get the offense back on track, play good baseball, get healthy, give the veterans some work, administer a consequence-free stress test for the bullpen kids, dump the Braves like yesterday's news. They once again proved they are more in control than we give them credit for. Unlike Andy Reid and the Eagles, they're masters of time management. It's as if they can bend 162 games as they please, speed up the dog days by ratcheting up wins or slow it down in order to recharge and replenish, just as they seemed to do since last Saturday.
What an insane, indescribable pleasure it was to sit with a smug little grin and watch the Phillies wreak havoc on the playoff picture in what has to go down as the best day of regular season baseball ever.