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Brotherly Love

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

What a difference a week makes. Take two of three from the Braves, then do the same to the Mets. Then go on the road to the venue of the defending world champions and sweep them in front of sold out crowds. WOW!

I was in Philadelphia for games two and three of the series. It was the first time I was at Citizens Bank Park since Game 3 of the Fall Classic last year when I took my father. This time, I was there rooting for the Birds against my dad's childhood team. After the win Friday night which I watched on MASN, I was hoping to see another victory.

It was a family affair that night as I got 14 seats in section 426 for friends/family. The Orioles took an early lead and I was rejoicing. My father was decked out in Phillies gear while my brother and I were in black & orange. Mom remained somewhat neutral since it was her first time here at this venue.

I will say I was very angry when Ryan Howard pinch hit that 3 run blast in the 7th inning. But thanks to good pitching and timely hitting by Greg Zaun and B-Rob with his 2 run homer with two strikes gave us the lead in the top of the 9th. What a win! And then we did it again on Sunday. Holding the Phillies to 8 runs over three games in hitter-happy CBP was truly a feat.

Although I wanted in some small way to have the Phillies win on Saturday for my dad during Father's Day weekend, I will take the W for us any day of the week. Even Charlie Manuel getting thrown out yesterday failed to ignite the lifeless Phillies who now have lost 6 straight and finished the home stand a mere 1-9.

The Birds are off to Florida next and then return home to host the dreadful Washington Bugs next weekend. Things are looking bright in Baltimore! .500 ball, here we come!

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