Philadelphia is rockin' for Game 4
Who concert next to Citizens offers electric vibe for Series
PHILADELPHIA -- Two longtime institutions of the entertainment business were side-by-side on Sunday night, as The Who performed in concert at the Wachovia Center right next to Game 4 of the 104th World Series at Citizens Bank Park.
It was the best of both worlds right here, and if you throw in the Spectrum and the Eagles' football stadium all in the same complex, it is kind of like Quadrophenia for a 35th-anniversary thrill ride.
Who Are You. That's what we're saying about the 2008 World Series champion. We've been asking that question since March in Spring Training. Before Game 4, the Tiffany-made Commissioner's Trophy was sitting along the first-base foul grounds, tantalizing to Phillies fans who wanted to reach out and touch it.
Going Mobile. B.J. Upton and the Rays enter Game 4 with a postseason-record 22 steals. It's been kind of like watching one of Whitey Herzog's old October clubs.
Bargain. I'd call that a bargain / the best I ever had. It's a StubHub.com ticket for $600 each, according to 21-year-old Keri Donovan of Warminster, Pa. She and two others in her group each were here for that cost, and as they stood next to the Phillies' dugout during batting practice Sunday, Donovan said it was the best she ever had. "I gave up a Christmas present for it," she said, "but it's worth it. Words couldn't describe what it's like to be here. I was too young to remember the last [Phillies world championship in 1980], so it's great to see this and be up close."
My Generation. This Fall Classic has been billed as u30ws -- the under-30 World Series. Both rosters are dominated by players under 30 years old, and the moniker equally reflects the overwhelming population of young baseball fans. You have to be in your 30s to remember the last time the Phillies won it all (1980), and it's for all those kids who have grown up with the Rays and finally are seeing a winner.
The Kids Are Alright. It's not only the u30ws, but it's also shaping up as one of the most entertaining World Series. The first three games were decided by a combined total of four runs, all featuring ninth-inning drama. Can that continue?
Love Reign O'er Me. It was the story of Game 3, when a rain delay of one hour, 31 minutes caused the latest first pitch (10:06 p.m. ET) in World Series history.
A Quick One. What many people were hoping for after watching Game 3 end at 1:46 a.m. ET.
Won't Get Fooled Again. Carlos Pena has been swinging at everything and has looked kind of lost in this World Series. He was considered by many as very due. Same with Evan Longoria, who said an hour before the first pitch that he had started to feel more comfortable the night before and "I hope it will carry over."
Baba O'Riley. Out here in the fields / I fight for my meals / I get my back into my living. All of those U.S. military who unfurled the giant flag for Game 3 come to mind. They were high-fived by fans throughout the ensuing innings on Saturday night, and during one inning, four sailors in uniform walked up the field-level aisle and were given a standing ovation by fans as they walked past. There are huge U.S.-troop overtones at this ballpark, and a Navy man was due to sing "God Bless America" in Game 4.
Tommy Can You Hear Me? That's Tom Hallion, Sunday's home-plate umpire. Quite a bit of attention on this crew lately, and especially from many Phillies and their fans who have wondered aloud about some of the calls the last couple of games.
The Real Me. Again, that's Pena and Longoria.
Who's Next. It's going to be Cole Hamels starting Game 5 for the Phillies, trying to set the all-time postseason record for a starter with five victories. The other probable is Scott Kazmir for the Rays, coming off an impressive first outing in this series.
It's Hard. How would you like to hear "Eva! Eva!" every time you step into the batter's box? That's what Longoria has heard. He was asked before Game 4 what that was like, and he replied with a smile: "It was a new experience for me, but I kind of had to laugh in the box. You have to take it for what it's worth, that at least they know my name. Just make it fun."
The Song Is Over. We don't want it to be. We want to hear "The Who" play on forever, and we want the Phanatic to keep riding on his four-wheeler making tracks in the outfield and for the national pastime to never go away for the winter.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.