Saturday, October 25, 2008


That's how some of the Phillies' reserve players feel, after only the starting lineup was announced before Game 1 of the World Series.

It's tradition that both starters and reserve players and coaches get announced and line up on the field before the first game of the Fall Classic. Guys like Matt Stairs, who's in his 40s and is playing in the World Series for the first time, were bitterly disappointed - even angry - to find out their names wouldn't be announced.

FOX says they don't want to push back the start time of the game any further. Fine. Then don't spend half an hour on the lame-ass pre-game show with Jeanne Zelasko and Kevin Kennedy. I don't think there's a soul alive who would complain if FOX scrapped the pre-game BS. Give guys like Matt Stairs their due. It's about the players, and they deserve to be rewarded for the accomplishment of reaching the World Series.

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