Some Odds and Ends Before Game 2
Charlie Manuel is a bit superstitious. Since last season he has been using the same orange-topped pens from Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York to write out his lineup cards.
“I started using those last year because we started winning games,” he said. “It’s just a pen.”
Manuel gave each player a rubber duck before Game 1 of last year’s World Series. It was based off something Chase Utley likes to say when he feels his team is right: “Get that rubber duck out of your (butt).”
Manuel said he bought no rubber ducks this year, but he would order them if he feels they need them.
Based off Game 1, it doesn’t look like they do.
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will be performing “Empire State of Mind” before Game 2 tonight. Tired of that song yet? I’m sure you’ve seen it, but here is the NeeKo version.