The Phillies: Disgraceful

The horror that comes with being a Phillies fan is known not just to members of my generation, but to my father’s, grandfather’s, great-granfathers, and great-great grandfather’s.  The franchise had a World Series drought that lasted 97 years- from 1887 to 1980.  They have lost more games than any professional team in any sport, and will makr a milestone by losing their 10,000th game this coming season.  Think about that: in a sport with a 162-game season, to lose 100 games in a year is to stink miserably.  Imagine AVERAGING that level of futility for a HUNDRED DIFFERENT SEASONS!!! This team is truly disgraceful.

During that sad stretch the most notable heartbreak took place in 1964.  Known as “The Phold,” the Phillies blew a 6.5 game lead with just 12 games remaining.  Their 10-game losing streak is one of the most memorable collapses in sports history.

After winning the World Series in 1980 (oddly enough, the year I was born), the team has produced nothing for me but pain, heartache, and embarrassment.  An amazing run to the World Series in 1993 ended horribly with Joe Carter’s game-winning, 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 6. 

In each of the last five seasons, the team has been alive for a playoff berth until the final week of the season but has not played a single playoff game since 1993, despite a new stadium and aggressive spending on free agents.

If I weren’t so jaded, I’d write a paragraph about our young superstar Ryan Howard, who won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award this season.  I’d speculate about a bright future with him as our leader.

But I know better than to do that.  The more I get my hopes up, the more it hurts.

1 Comment

  1. Alphonse Dattolo

    December 9, 2006 @ 2:02 pm


    I have been a PHILLIES fan for 47 years and I suffered through the sad 1964 season but I never gave up! At 11:29 P.M. on Tuesday, October 21,1980 my dream came true and my Phillies became the World Champions for the first and only time since May 1,1883. Mark my word! they are going all the way in 2007!!!!!!!

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