Like you guys, I’m psyched for this series against the Fightin’ Phils! A deeper analysis of the NLCS will be coming in the next day or so, but needless to say, it’s going to be damn tough - especially when you take into account the numerous match-up problems (something that the Cubs couldn’t offer up). In the meantime, I wanted to highlight three guys that are probably more psyched than all of us for this series: Larry Bowa, Davey Lopes (1972-81) and Milt Thompson (1996) – all coaches for the opposition. Josh Rawitch offers up the following facts on Bowa’s career over at Inside the Dodgers, plus a few additional tidbits on other ties between the two clubs:
- Remember Charlie Manuel as a Dodger? He was a reserve outfielder with the club for parts of the ’74 and ’75 seasons
- Fan favorite OF Jayson Werth and reliever Rudy Seanez both played for Big Blue recently (2004-06 and 1994-95, 2007, respectively)
- Dodgers Chief Operating Officer Dennis Mannion worked for the Phillies from 1982-97
- Third base coach Larry Bowa not only was a HOF legend as a player, bur managed the club from 2001-04
Now our regular readers know that we love to see what the opposition thinks about the Dodgers, so following is a link to The Phillies Zone, a blog by The Philadelphia Daily News’ Todd Zolecki. I’m recommending that we all keep an eye on it throughout the series, as Todd offers up a ton of great info and links.
Finally, we’re working on getting a Philly blogger to post on Dodgerfan.net periodically throughout the series with his or her thoughts. While we all bleed Dodger Blue over here, we thought it would be interesting to get a view of the game from the opposing press box (we’ll let you know if we get a reciprocal offer).
Series analysis coming later tonight…