(Fred Wilpon – wishing he’d stayed home to watch the Jets lose)

(east coast baseball team, celebrating rumors of a Sadistic Exploits reunion).

‘Tis better to start the season 4-12 than finish 5-11, apparently.  Congrats to the Phillies on surviving a brutal start, a patchwork rotation, numerous blowups with the local media and the division’s worst second worst bullpen en route to claiming the 2007 NL East title.  And while Jimmy Rollins deserves an MVP nod or several, here’s a recommended pitching strategy for handling Ryan Howard in the playoffs — either walk him, or save yourself the trouble and just put it on a tee.