You know what I think the biggest story of this series is so far? It's not Clint Hurdle's sudden Midas touch for weird, counterintuitive subtitutions working out for the best. It's not the violent and painful ineptitude of all Phillies pitchers everywhere. It's not Matt Holliday's sexy, sexy chin scar.
It's that the two teams entered the playoffs on similar hot streaks and have reacted to them in opposite fashions. The Phillies, with a history of failures and collapses and a fanbase so abused that it lashes out like an caged animal, felt pressure. Lots of pressure. The magic of their comeback against the Mets came with a lot of weight and responsibility attached to it because long before any of the current Phils put on a uniform their forebears made choking hard a cheesesteak-linked trait. The Rockies? They have no history. What do they have to worry about? Their biggest problem right now is getting teams to stop intentionally walking Todd Helton so their waited-for-it-long-and-boy-is-it-now-sweet homegrown veteran can get a game-winner one of these days.
Originally noted by Toaster MVP Bob Timmerman but worth repeating here: The Rockies have voted a full playoff share, potentially as much as $300,000, to the widow and family of late minor-league first base coach Mike Coolbaugh.