Saturday, July 07, 2007

Phillies Phutility: 10,000 Losses

Any day now, the Philadelphia Phillies will hit a milestone that no other team in the history of sports ever has: They will have lost their 10,000th game. That's right. No team, in any sport, has ever been so good at being so bad.

I'm typing this on the morning after yet another Phillies Pholly. Last night in Colorado, the Phools had a 6-1 lead heading to the bottom of the 6th against the Rockies. Naturally, they gave up two in the 6th, one in the 7th, 8th, and 9th (the tying run), and then lost it in the 11th, 7-6.

They're back at .500, miraculously only 4.5 games out of first place, but this team is going nowhere, once again. No matter how close you are to first place, having the worst ERA in the National League is not part of the recipe for a playoff team.

In years past, I'd follow as many games as I could online (Living in Illinois, that was the only way to keep track. Yahoo was usually the choice), but that became too frustrating. This year, I've decided to try to avoid looking at scores until the next day. I'd rather have my morning ruined by waiting to see how they blew the previous night's game, then lose a night's sleep due to the frustration I'd feel heading to bed after following the most recent loss online.

The life of a Phillies fan.

I don't have the energy, or the desire, frankly, to recap any ot the other 9,997 losses for this laughable franchise. And this loss total doesn't take into account playoff losses. Some of those carry extra weight, of course. But at least they don't make the list.

So, no Mitch Williams' game. No Black Friday game. No Maddox drops the fly in center field against the Dodgers game.

If you want to find out more about this incredible amount of losses, this article does a nice job. As does this one.

All of these losses, including another gut-wrencher last night, has me asking just one question...

When does the Eagles' training camp start?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"You're from Chicago and you're a Sixahs fan?"