WE BELIEVE IN A PLACE CALLED HOPE: Hope lives at the corner of Broad and Pattison. Hope lives tonight wherever there's a kid -- or a grownup -- who wears the red and white. Hopes lives in those of us who recognize that the only way we're seeing Adam Eaton again this season is in long relief.
Every single win got us here tonight; not one was wasted. So tonight, I'm thanking Russ Branyan, Phillie-for-a-minute, whose two-run pinch hit home run in Washington on August 14 got us one of those precious 89 wins. I'm thanking Tadahito Iguchi, who could not have been more studly this August in relief of Chase Utley. And I'm thanking J.C. Romero, whose September relief line reads 13.2 IP, 3 H, 6 BB, 8 K, and a 0.00 ERA in the nineteen games in which he appeared.
We're playing in October. There's hope.
edited 11:05pm: I want to add one more name to this list, and that's the longest-tenured member of this squad, Pat Burrell, who after a dreadful start went .298/.421/.595 with 19 home runs after the all-star break. He's had a love-hate relationship with the fans for his eight seasons here -- including me -- but right now, it's all love.