Monday, September 3, 2007
Phillies only willing to discuss Mets series
While most residents of the Delaware Valley were enjoying the Labor Day holiday with cookouts and barbecues the Phillies were busy losing their third straight game. The team began the current road trip with a win on Friday against Florida, but lost the last two games of the series and the first game of the Braves series today. The loss puts the Phils five games behind the first place Mets, making it more than difficult to take over the top spot before the end of the year.
Asked to comment on the team's recent futility Wes Helms, Phils third baseman, only wanted to discuss the atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park during last week's Mets series.
"I'm telling you the hair on my arm stood up when the crowd cheered like they did last week."
No player, some being very short with reporters, would discuss the losing streak. Many seemed to be stuck in time as if it were last Thursday.
When told the team was now five games back pitcher Jamie Moyer responded,"I think you have some bad information because the last time I checked we were two games back. I don't know where you are coming up with five games. You better check your sources."
Manager Charlie Manuel, meanwhile, would only talk about Ryan Howard's walk-off home run from last Tuesday night.