Every Sunday, I’ll give out a few awards / thoughts on the week that was. Let’s get to it.
The “No-show of the Week” goes to Kyle Kendrick. In two starts this week, Kendrick has lasted a total of 7 innings, allowing 13 runs (all earned) on 15 hits, 8 walks and one hit batter. The Phillies lost both games.
The “Stud of the Week” goes to Michael Phelps. Duh. Normally, I’ll reserve the awards for Philly guys, but its pretty hard to ignore the man who took home 8 gold medals for the US swimming team, upping his Gold medal total to 14, and his total medal count to 16, both records for a male Olympian. Unbelievable.
The Pundit’s “All-encompassing Thought of the Week” is a thank you note to the Olympics.
I would just like to thank you for providing us with compelling storylines, exciting competitions, and breathtaking finishes. It has certainly been a memorable first week, and I am looking forward to even more world-class competition from the next. I would also like to thank you for distracting me from the Phillies 1-5 West Coast trip. If the Phillies have been like my wife for much of the summer (Editor’s note: Oh, that’s just sad), then you, the Olympics, have been like my bottle of Scotch.
The Pattison Pundit”
The Pundit’s “Painfully Specific Thought of the Week” is for two Phillies, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard. During this week’s West Coast trip, neither, on paper, has looked very effective. Rollins is 4-26, while Howard is 2-19 with 10 K’s. However, each have a job to do: Rollins is supposed to be getting on base and scoring runs, while Howard’s job is to knock runs in. Though it hasn’t been pretty, Howard has done his job, with 6 RBI’s. Rollins, on the other hand, has been less then productive. With 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 stolen base and only 2 runs scored, Rollins has not been setting the table during the Phillies struggles. To put that in perspective, Shane Victorino, who didn’t play one game against the Dodgers and only pinch-hit in another, has also reached base 5 times and scored twice – in 9 less at-bats.
The “Moment of the Week” goes to the US Men’s 4×100 freestyle relay team, specifically Jason Lezak’s anchor leg, where his 46.0 second split set a world record and completed a legendary comeback against the favored French team. Much discussion after the race was centered on Michael Phelps, and the preservation of his 8 Gold quest, but this moment far transcended that. Watching Phelps hysterically cheer on his teammate down the stretch, I got the impression that, though it may have been in the back of his mind, Phelps, like anyone watching, was competely lost in the drama of the moment. Lezak’s magical comeback was in many ways a metaphor for what sports often become: moments in time that represent the hopes and dreams of so many people. With his team’s finish on the line, with the possiblity of Olympic history for Michael Phelps on the line, with the chance to disprove the French’s predictions on the line, and with American Olympic lure on the line, Jason Lezak swam the leg of a lifetime. That’s the stuff of legend, folks.