NLCS: Kyle Schwarber’s 488-foot Homer Inspires Phillies in Game 1 win
Posted on June 10, 2017 at 3:57 p.m. EST
By Dan Graziano
There is a time and place for this. For all intents and purposes, Wednesday night’s 7-6 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, in Chicago, wasn’t that time and place.
It was not quite a “winner takes all,” but close enough. The Cardinals, who took a 1-0 series lead after dominating the Cubs over six games, dropped to 0-2 against the Phillies in franchise/nationwide history. The closest point was back in the 1979 NLCS, where the Cardinals pulled off a thrilling 4-1 victory at the Field at Wrigley. The Phils went on to lose the World Series, but I am taking the Cardinals victory one victory at a time, here.
I will also be pulling this quote, which was actually made while talking about the NLCS, because the phrase “winning one for the ages” is what I like to use for the NLCS (that quote came from Bob Ley, of the Phillies, at the end of a press conference during the NLCS).
The Phillies are, in a nutshell, the best team in baseball. That is pretty much a cliché and, in my mind, it is true.
But I have to say something about the fact that there are three teams that are better than the Phillies, and I don’t want to get hung up on the three. The Cardinals are the best in baseball in spite of not winning the World Series. The Dodgers are the best in baseball, in my mind, in spite of them not having a team that can contend for the title. And the Nationals, in my mind, are the best baseball team in the league, not in spite of them owning the best in the NL East.
So let’s just get to it, shall we?
The Phillies, in this game, were simply dominating the Cubs, even through the most