ANGRYVILLE -- You spend any time in this dingy city and around these folks, and pit bulls running wild come to mind.Fine when leashed, but set them free, put a beer in their grubby paws and it's only a matter of time before they're going to go on the attack -- both the home team and its opponent feeling the bite.Simers goes on to handicap the series, figuring that the Dodgers will at least split the first two games. Then it comes to L.A.:
It's an angry place, all right, everything old here in Philadelphia, crumbling and in ruin. Even the city's main attraction has a crack in it. So the prevailing opinion around here is you have to be an obstinate pug to make it in Philly, the football team tough, the hockey team a bunch of bullies and the Phillies rugged competitors like Larry Bowa.
But then it really turns ugly for the Phillies, who can only throw 100-year-old softball pitcher Jamie Moyer at the Dodgers and then just another guy in Joe Blanton.But what if things don't go the way Simers thinks they will and the series goes back to Philly?
Now as intimidating as Philly likes to think it is, could the Dodgers come up with one win in Game 6 or Game 7 to move on?"If it comes down to that," Manager Joe Torre said, "we can get one more win."For the record, I don't much like Simers, mostly because of his habit of baiting and harassing players and putting himself in the middle of his columns. I have to admit, however, that I do sort of like his generalized misanthropy from time to time, and a little bit of trash talk always adds some fun to a sporting event.
So there you go, the Phillies lose again, but then what's new?