One interesting side note to the first game. Engaging in a novel approach to stadium-wide trash talk, Phillies' fans tried to rattle Tim Lincecum by giving him the old wolf-whistle, in unison. My colleague Dan Brekke wrote in his Saturday live-blogging post:
Besides the long balls, the main drama tonight has been supplied by the Phillies fans, who have been wolf-whistling at Lincecum--apparently because they don't care for his shoulder-length locks.
Phillies fans. Their jeering once prompted the great and strange Richie "Dick" Allen to write "boo" (and other messages) in the infield dirt at his position. Word has it that they chased Ben Franklin out of town because they didn't like his haircut, either.
That reminded me of a story I'd been hearing about the notoriously crotchety Philadelphia fans since childhood: Did they really once boo Santa Claus? Urban legend debunker Snopes.com provides the answer: True, but with extenuating circumstances.
News coverage of last night's 6-1 loss:
- Bruce Jenkins: Cody ross' power surge recalls Gene Tenace in '72 (SF Chronicle)
- Renteria helped launch Ross' streak (SF Chronicle)
- John Shea: Philliies hitters show patience (SF Chronicle)
- Tim Kawakami: Fear the bears, or fear the Phillies? (San Jose Mercury News)
- Cam Inman: Any Giants players other than Cody Ross coming to the party? (San Jose Mercury News)
- Miscues haunt Giants' Mike Fontenot in Game 2 (San Jose Mercury News)
- Tim Lincecum Is Ready for His Close-Up (The Snitch)
- Sam Donnellon: Nice to see Rollings join the Phillies' party (Philadelphia Daily News)
- Rich Hofmann: Cool Oswalt made the difference for Phillies (Philadelphia Daily News)
- Phil Sheridan: Phils small lineup change produced big results (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- More coverage from Philadelphia
- Sports Illustrated playoff coverage
- ESPN playoff coverage