The Phillies got their milestone defeat out of the way yesterday so it’s not an issue coming into this series. The Dodgers haven’t played that well against these guys in recent years, especially at home, but the boys are hot right now, so we’ll see what happens. … One final Barry Bonds note, in response to his postgame comments yesterday and the completely classless way in which they were delivered: I agree, he IS an embarrassment to the, uhhhhh, &#$% uniform (not to mention to humanity in general), and HE should go away. … A hearty thank you goes out to Delta Air Lines, which, as I have mentioned before on this blog, is basically the only airline I fly. They have FINALLY added nonstops from LAX to all the NL West cities, so I no longer have to fly through their Salt Lake City hub to go to San Francisco, Phoenix and Denver (sounds ridiculous, I know, but if any of you are elite-level frequent fliers, you understand). The nonstops are these tiny little regional jets that are so small there is only one seat on the left side of the cabin (two on the right), and all the overhead bins are on the right because the left is too narrow. But that’s a small price to pay for the convenience. I left SFO at 6:30 this morning and was walking into my house at 9:15. Reminded me of when I was covering the Reds (Cincy is a Delta hub), and they would play a weekend series at Milwaukee, St. Louis, Pittsburgh or Chicago, and I would board a dawn flight on Monday and be home (and usually napping) by 8:30 or 9. It’s a wonderful thing.