In case you haven't heard, it happened. The Phillies made the playoffs by taking advantage of an unprecedented collapse by the Mets, taking advantage of an opportunity laid before them unlike every other abortive run during a decade of teases for fans like me.
Wife-beating, spelling-challenged Brett Myers emphatically celebrated on the mound as he struck out the final Nationals batter Sunday, and lept into the stands to celebrate with the fans, a microcosm of a once-wretched season that somehow won its way into the warm embrace of the Phillie faithful. I came to the point this year that I didn't want Myers on this team any more, and I didn't think they would make the playoffs. To be honest, I still want him gone, but, in the manner of the truly great teams the Phillies had never been, it is not about one man. It is about a team, and a city that loves it. It is about far-more lovable characters like Jimmy Rollins, the man who will by all rights be named MVP next month, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. And Sellersville, Pa., native Jamie Moyer, the 44-year-old left-hander acquired in a midseason trade last year, signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, who, even if he doesn't win a single game next year, has already justified his contract with a win on Sunday.
And, it's about the chance to get to live-blog Game 1 of the ALDS on Wednesday. Time and opponent still to be determined, as the Phils are set to face the winner of the Padres-Rockies wild-card play-in game Monday in Denver. I'll definitely be live-blogging Wednesday, and I'll try to work out the logistics so I can do it again Thursday for Game 2. Regardless, it will be a fun ride.