Philadelphia Phillies vs. The Voice: Stiff Competition

By Charlie Lichty
Derick E. Hingle – USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought watching Cee-lo Green, Rod Stewart and great aspiring singers perform on “The Voice” would be more soul-satisfying and competitive than watching the Philadelphia Phillies play the San Francisco Giants — things changed.

Well, maybe.

But, how often do fans get a chance to watch the Phillies take a series from the Giants, especially at AT&T Park? Who’s more sexy to watch anyway, Chase Utley or Rod Stewart? Who would you rather have dinner with, Cee-lo Green or Ryan Howard?

Even if music is your hot button, the Phillies broadcast team offers spontaneous singing every so often. In fact, broadcaster Gary Matthews Sr., better known as “Sarge”, has a respectable voice.

He’s even led the singing of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” at Wrigley Field during the seventh inning stretch of Chicago Cubs games. Now if he could only remember that Roy Halladay is the name of the Phillies pitcher instead of calling him Roy Holiday, that would be ideal.

Of course, then he wouldn’t be Sarge. Even he knows that the Phillies have produced admirably so far on this West coast trip, and it’s understandable that there’s a hesitancy in mentioning their newly-found propensity for base hits, lest it jinx the team.

The Phils have already assured a series win against the Giants and that should propel them into the four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Atlanta Braves gradually coming closer in the standings to the rest of the NL East division, the Phillies’ resurgence couldn’t come at a better time.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Phillies can keep fans’ hands off the remote control button. Stewart is a tempting draw but with the offense starting to roll, who would want to miss a turnaround in the making?

Okay. If Rod’s such a hottie, go ahead flip the channel. My pick is still the Phillies.

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