I was flipping through the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly Magazine and in the back section they have the television (What to Watch) schedule for the next two weeks.
And listed for Wednesday, October 19th time slot is the WORLD SERIES. The ironic part is that the picture accompanying the little snippet is of Roy Halladay and mentions the Phillies and Yankees. Both teams were eliminated in their respective Game 5’s.
And you know looking back to the whole Sports Illustrated Brotherly Love article right before the playoffs started, I am even more convinced that was nothing more than a big old jinx. And back at the end of Spring Training, the Four Aces and Joe Blanton graced the cover as well. Though the regular season was a success, the postseason was a anything but. Coincidence…maybe, but PLEASE Sports Illustrated do NOT put any Phillies or the team as a whole on your cover!!! EVER!
Now the injury reports. And there are a few.
It was confirmed yesterday that Ryan Howard ruptured his left achilles tendon. And will require surgery. However, until the swelling subsides, he can’t have it done. And a Phillies source stated that there is no guarantee Howard will be ready for Spring Training and could possibly miss the first couple months of the season, if not more. *sigh*
Both Hunter Pence and Placido Polanco have sports hernias.
Polanco is expected to have surgery, while Pence’s plan will be determined following the MRI. Polanco had battled through the sports hernia much of the season, while Pence never indicated publicly it had been an issue. – Phillies.com
Cole Hamels will have loose bodies removed from his elbox next Friday and he too has a hernia, an inguinal one. Surgery for that will occur the week after next. Hamels had a shoulder issue back in August but appeared to somewhat work through it. At least to finish out the season.
Ross Gload who is now a free-agent, will most likely have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.
I’m still numb over the Phillies being eliminated from the postseason, but with so many injuries, maybe it was just as well. Polanco who started off like gangbusters, slumped after May and didn’t recover. So his injury definitely hampered him. And Howard busting up his achilles…what would have happened if he had actually had a base hit instead of getting out? He wouldn’t have even made it to first base, as he collapsed half way down the line. But guess that doesn’t matter because he was in fact out!
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