What the Phillies can teach us about Indulgences

The Philadelphia Phillies have just won the 2008 World Series. I had nothing to do with it — heck, I haven’t really followed the team during the regular season since the days of Del Unser — and yet I’m very happy right now.

That’s a good analogy for indulgences. Somebody else does a great deal of work, and I, through some simple act (prayer in one case, watching TV in the other) get some of the benefit.


I don’t think he meant to say what he said

“You want to get that one big hit where you feel like you’re part of the team. Not that I don’t feel like I’m part of the team, by no means, but when you get that nice celebration coming into the dugout and you’re getting your ass hammered by guys, it’s no better feeling than to have that done.”

–Matt Stairs after hitting a monster home run to put the Phillies ahead in the game last night (Source)

UPDATE: We have video!

As they say over at the Sporting News blog where the above video came from, Phillies fans need “Ass Hammer” t-shirts.

I’d proudly wear one.

3 Hits by a Pitcher in a Postseason Game

Stat of the Day has the list. Surprisingly, it had only been just over 5 years since it last occurred prior to last night’s performance by that noted slugger Brett Myers.

Seriously, how freaky is this? He went four for fifty-eight during the season (.069 batting average), but is now hitting .800 (4 for 5) this postseason. I don’t know where it’s coming from, but I’ll take it.