Yanks spook the Phils in a Halloween Game 3

While “Thriller” was probably heard playing at your Halloween party last night, the baseball game was anything but that.

The Yankees handily defeated the Philies 8-5.

It surely was a good and memorable game and I’m dissapointed that I missed a good portion of it. Considering it was Halloween and the fact that I am a college student, one would assume that I had other plans-which I did.

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“You gettin’ this camera guy?” I was indeed the shamwow guy for Halloween last night. My group of friends had a lot of equally clever costume ideas as he hit the scene in Morgantown. Within my group the was Bob Ross, Luke Skywalker and Kenny Powers. With thousands of other students out last night there were plenty of humorous get ups, some not suitable for mention on this site.

While I could go on and on with Halloween stories and West Virginia tales we’ll stick to baseball.

Cole Hamels looked like he did in last year’s World Series-dominant. He had the confidence in an early 3-0 lead, but things headed south in the 4th inning.

arod.jpgThis guy finally showed up. A-Rod went deep for a 2 run homerun and his first hit of the World Series. The call which was originally ruled a double was over turned thanks to instant replay. Instant replay has been a hot topic for discussion in this series. Many pundits argue that it is a necessity in all facets of the game. I disagree. If you are going to have it, why do you need umpires. Put robots on the basepaths if you really want the right call. I’m all for instant replay on the homeruns, it’s great that every run is accounted for.

However, on the basepaths, keep it up to the umpires. For all the heat they take, they’re not praised enough for their expertise. It’s not like these guys are  slouches they are seasoned and  have so much experience following baseball. Yes, there have been some buthcered calls on those bang bang plays at first but its the game of baseball. Nothing is perfect-why mess with tradition?

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Even though there is obviously not a DH in the National League, Hideki Matsui still showed up. He came in to pinch hit for Joba Chamberlin in the 8th inning and pulled off his best Matt Stairs impression. There was another Godzilla sighting except this time the Philly Phanatics got a glimpse of the beast. Matsui went deep for a pinch hit solo shot. If there is to be named a World Series MVP, Matsui looks to be a frontrunner for the title.

You want to talk about a comeback player of the Series look no further than Nick Swisher.

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Batting a miniscule .111 through the course of the playoffs its safe to say Yankee fans have been dissapointed in their rightfielder. He was benched in favor Jerry Harriston Jr. in game two. Game three was a different story. Swisher belted a homerun and nailed a double to go 2-4. He was so pumped up and brought a new life to the New York club. All season long Swisher has been a leader and brought the fire. Game 3 was a big confidence booster not only for Nick, but the Yankees as well.

The series has flip flopped completely. Many people already gave this to the Philies after their domination in game one. After three games people are jumping for the Yanks. All along I figured the Yankees are the better team but the Philies do no need to be taken out of the discussion completely.

4 Comments

First of all, I think it’s hilarious that you were the shamwow guy! Hope you had fun. I agree about the umpires. I’m not for instant replay except in the instances of home runs. I like the human element as much as I complain about the calls. I think MLB could do a better job of training the umps or rating them and using only the very best in the postseason. But overall I’d much prefer them to robots!

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You’ll never believe this, but my computer science teacher was also the shamwow guy…I guess it’s a more popular costume than I realized. Did you go around performing the commercial?
Yeah, Matsui definitely has the MVP in sight. He’s been phenomenally clutch. Too bad his knees are blown out, because he was a better outfielder than Damon, who’s also been pounding out the ribbies.
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Glad you had a nice Halloween. Shamwow guy?? Haha.
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Matt,
A local DJ here in Tampa Bay went as Billy Mays, and his sidekick was the Shamwow guy after his arrest in Miami.
Great costume idea.
Me, I was a simple “residual haunting”. You know, a ghosty apparition that does the same pattern in death as I did in life.
In this case it was sit at a bar on a barstool and drink, repeat, drink, repeat a few times until some girl spilled green Midori on my clean white sheet…………..Then I was a ghost with ectoplasm on me. (lol)
I so wanted to be the baloon boy, but was afraid the police might arrest me for pulling a hoax that night.

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