San Francisco Giants right fielder Carlos Beltran dives to catch a popout by Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Philadelphia. San Francisco won 4-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
New Giants outfielder Carlos Beltran debuted in Philadelphia tonight. His sliding catch in shallow center field revealed he hasn't had time to get fitted for San Francisco orange & black spikes. But that's okay, he brings a winning presence as the Giants took the game and the series.
Meanwhile, it seems Phllies' manager Charlie Manuel, along with many of their fans, are finding the recent Giants domination of their team impossible to believe. Philly came into the 2010 NLCS against the Giants just as they came into this week's three game series; addicted to their own self importance. They've lost both series and still see it as a kind of fluke.
Their denial of the Giants legitimacy as champions is as strong as that of an illegal substance or alcohol abuser. Will someone please tell them recovery begins with admitting you have a problem!
"They're not in our heads," he said. "I don't think so. Really, I don't think so at all. It's just the fact we've got to get after them."
Phillies Manager Charles Fuqua Manuel, Jr.