The Battle for Betty Lane

DUNEDIN, Fla. – The Phillies have made the short trek here to Knology Park for today’s game, which will pit Toronto ace Roy Halladay against Philadelphia’s Brett Myers. No access to the clubhouse just yet, as of 10 a.m., because Donald Fehr is here holding the annual closed-door meeting with the club.

In the meantime, us scribblers are passing the time in the pressbox. Someone on the Jays’ staff is working hard today, too, because the lineup sheets and rosters were printed already and waiting for us. Good work. Now, about those media guides…

Today’s lineups:

PHILADELPHIA (3-3-1) at TORONTO (2-4-0)
at Knology Park at 1:05 p.m. ET

PHILLIES
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Eric Bruntlett, 3B
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Jayson Werth, LF
Geoff Jenkins, RF
Wes Helms, DH
So Taguchi, CF
Carlos Ruiz, C

PITCHING: RHP Brett Myers

BLUE JAYS
David Eckstein, SS
Scott Rolen, 3B
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Reed Johnson, LF
Gregg Zaun, C

PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay

Rolen is in the lineup’s second spot for the second day in a row. Hmmmm, could manager John Gibbons be trying something out? Yesterday, Gibbons said he likes Wells in the three-hole (even though he’s hit fourth two days in a row) and, when asked if that meant Rios would be the No. 2 hitter, Gibbons replied: "It could. I dont know yet, probably. Possibly, you know? Probably, possible, maybe. It could be." Way to give a definitive answer, Gibber.

Taking things in a different direction for a moment, BRETT FAVRE RETIRED!!!!! I’ll believe it wholeheartedly when he isn’t in uniform for next season, but…BRETT FAVRE FREAKIN’ RETIRED!!!! I have tremendoues respect for the man, but Bears fans everywhere are jumping for joy and rejoicing.

MIND BOTTLING: In a discussion that spawned from The Star’s Cathal Kelly’s posting of a Song of the Day on his blog, the fantastic tune "Anarchy in the UK" by the Sex Pistols was brought up. Mike Wilner — a self-proclaimed music afficianado — of The FAN590 said he had never heard of it. After I subsequently pulled the song up on YouTube, Wilner still drew a blank and said, "I’m familiar with the work of the Pistols, but I don’t know this song." To which Kelly replied, "If you don’t know that song, I’m sure you’re NOT familiar with the work of the Pistols." Zing!

3 Comments

i don’t see rolen in the 2nd spot, unless frank starts off real slow like the past 2 seasons and wells has his power back. wasn’t mind bottling in like the movie “dodge ball” or something? i see ben stiller saying it.

Close — Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory.
~JB

yes, now i remember. only saw blades of glory once. Will Ferrell’s best was “Old School”. “honey, you think KFC is still open?”

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