The Big Boy Yankees And Phillies Get Bounced In The 2011 MLB Playoffs
Remember the old quote “Money Can’t Buy You Everything?” Well, that quote really hit home the last two days for Philadelphia Phillies‘ fans as well as New York Yankees’ fans. The Yankees got bounced by the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of the ALDS by the score of 3-2. The two teams with the highest payrolls are now gone from the Postseason.
The Philadelphia Phillies got dominated by Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals last night as they go down by a score of 1-0, also in Game 5, to end their quest for a World Series title.
Carpenter was pitching against his old buddy Roy Halladay. The two big right-handers both came up to the big leagues close together when they played for the Toronto Blue Jays. Carpenter joined the big club in 1997 and Roy Halladay made his Major League debut on September 20, 1998. Dick Stockton mentioned on last night’s TBS telecast that Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter go fishing together after each baseball season.
Last night’s game 5 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Phillies will go down as one of classic games in baseball history. The Cardinals jumped on Roy Halladay right away in the first inning. Rafael Furcal started the game with a triple to center and Skip Schumaker doubled to right to score Furcal.
Chris Carpenter took that 1-0 lead and never looked back. He totally dominated the Phillies hitters. Carpenter did get some help from his defense. The Cardinals’ infielders made some spectacular plays behind Carpenter. Nick Punto made several great diving plays as well as Rafael Furcal.
Meanwhile Roy Halladay settle in and dominated the Cardinals after that first inning. But it was too late as his buddy ended up beating him and sending the Phillies home for the winter. And to make matters worse for the Phillies, Ryan Howard appeared to tear his Achilles in the final at bat of the game. The end of the game was surreal. Ryan Howard was crumbled on the ground in pain as the Cardinals celebrated their series clinching win.
The New York Yankees went down meekly the night before to the Tigers to end their 2011 season as well. Unlike the Phillies though, the Yankees had so many chances to score in Game 5. They had Detroit right-hander Doug Fister on
the ropes several times. They just couldn’t get that BIG hit. You kept getting the feeling that the Yankees would come back and win. But it never happened and the Yankees are now going home for the winter.
Now the two MLB teams with the largest payrolls are now done! The Yankees payroll for the 2011 season was $202,689,028 and the Philadelphia Phillies were number 2 with a payroll of $172,976,379. Baseball is a great game! You never know who will win and who will go home. But we do know one thing after the last couple of days…”Money Can’t Buy You Everything!”.