Phillies-Cards NLDS Game 1: Today, the Game Gets Bigger

Phillies-Cards NLDS Game 1: Today, the Game Gets Bigger

Finally, postseason baseball is back here in Philadelphia.

The Phillies went out and earned their trip to the playoffs this season by putting in a historic 162-game campaign. Philly fans enjoyed every moment of the record-setting ride, but it also felt like a bit of a formality, an exercise the Fightins needed to go through in order to start these playoffs.

The 7.5 months since the team first assembled down in Clearwater on Valentine's Day all led to tonight's NLDS game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I'm excited about the game today," Charlie Manuel said before the game. "I think any time you get into the playoffs, I think this is the second piece of the pie. It's a four-piece pie. One of the big hurdles we've already got, but now this starts a new ballgame today, three out of five. Three out of five might be the toughest -- the first round might be the toughest round in the playoffs."

The Phils had their highs and lows throughout the regular season. Mostly highs, but they did battle their fair share of injuries. Thankfully, all of the core guys Charlie Manuel wants on the field are healthy and ready to go for the first playoff series.

[NLDS Game 1 Lineups]

Philadelphians expect the Phillies to defeat the Cardinals. Ruben Amaro has assembled the best starting pitching staff in all of baseball. The Phils have perhaps the best defense in the National League and one of the best in the history of the game. And Hunter Pence has breathed new life into a now more balanced offense.

This is not a Phillies team that will give a series away. They're too savvy for that. If they lose, the hot Cardinals will have to step up and play above what people expect out of them.

They'll also have to beat Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels.

Team's have not had all that much luck against Doc in Philadelphia this year.

The Phillies had an .800 winning percentage -- winning 12 while dropping only three -- in Roy Halladay starts at Citizens Bank Park this season.

And then there was his playoff debut last postseason at Citizens Bank Park. Boy, was that a fun one.

It all starts tonight at 5:07 p.m. from South Philadelphia. All of those mostly meaningless September games are behind us. Today, the game means much, much more.

"This is a huge series," Charlie Manuel said this afternoon. "The game got bigger today. Today's game is the biggest one we've played so far. That's kind of how I look at it. But at the same time, we've earned the right to have fun and enjoy the game, but we want to go out there and play our best baseball and play hard and have some fun and let it all hang out, see what we can do, and I think that we are -- I don't think, I know we're ready, and I'm looking forward to it. So are the players."

Let's get funner.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Fran Dunphy and Herb Magee to host an exhibition for charity

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Fran Dunphy and Herb Magee to host an exhibition for charity

Two legendary Philadelphia basketball coaches will square off for charity.

Temple’s Fran Dunphy and Jefferson’s (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University) Herb Magee will have their teams face off at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

All ticket sales will be donated to One America Appeal to help those impacted by recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

“When the opportunity presented itself to play an exhibition game to raise money for the people suffering from the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, we knew right away that we needed to be a part of it,” Dunphy said in a statement. "I called my good friend, Herb Magee, one of the most respected men in the business, and he felt the same way. This gives our fans a rare opportunity to see our programs compete while also helping out those in need.”

“It is a tremendous opportunity for our team,” Magee said. “Coach Dunphy and I have been friends for a long time. We talked about playing one day and that time is now. We're looking forward to it, especially as we begin our new era as the Jefferson Rams. Being able to provide aid to those impacted by the recent natural disasters makes this game that much more special.”

Temple requested a waiver from the NCAA to play this exhibition for charity.

The Owls tip off their season against Old Dominion in the Charleston Classic on Nov. 16, while the Rams travel to Anaheim, California to open Concordia on Nov. 3.