I’ve been told by several people, with absolute certainty, that Phillies fans are the best in the world, so I was rather confused when Jimmy Rollins took to Twitter last night and made the following observation:
He later tweeted, in response to someone defending the fans, that “This is the playoffs & they’re at game 4 [of] the regular season”
I dunno. It’s hard to tell from TV, but the crowd seemed to be into it well enough in the first few innings. Getting shut down by a bullpen that had no business shutting anyone down like it did will sap even the craziest fan. I mean, take this guy for example:
Three hours before that pic was taken I have it on good authority that he was smiling and saying “go team!’
Ugly, joy-killing games happen, Jimmy. Part of life and baseball. Especially when they come as the result of 17 double-switches and all of that. I don’t think you’d get any different response from anyone else.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: