It's the 7th inning. The Phillies are barely hanging onto a two run lead. Chooch cranked one to the warning track last inning, but the center fielder tracked it down. There's not a lot of padding for the bullpen, and the crowd is on edge.
After six tight innings, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is leaving the game. He gets a polite round of applause from a grateful, if nervous, audience.
The gate swings open. Dan Baker's throaty announcement echoes through the park - "Now pitching for the Phillies, number 63, Jake Diekman." Only instead of a casual trot, the side-arming lefty specialist comes barreling out of the bullpen in this.
"I am the night," he explains, in a post game interview with a confused Gregg Murphy. "I am the Bat."