Congratulations, Philadelphia

That was a pretty exciting three and a half inning victory. (Seriously! And it ended before midnight! Maybe the postseason needs more rain-suspended games.) I was especially happy for Brad Lidge, after the great post-Pujols flameout in Houston ... and yes, I was still rooting for Tampa Bay fans to learn the meaning of postseason suffering. So sue me.

Incidentally, if you're Joe Maddon, with a runner at third and one out for the Phillies in the bottom of the seventh and the game tied, I really think you have to bring in David Price and go for the strikeout, instead of leaving Chad Bradford in to give up what turned out to be the Series-winning hit and saving Price for three inconsequential outs the following inning. Just something to mull over during the months till pitchers and catchers report ...

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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