Thursday, May 24, 2007

Countdown to 10,000

I heard a few months ago that the Philadelphia Phillies were headed to losing their 10,000th game this year. Since 1883 the Phils have amassed 9,979 loses and have only won the World Series once in five appearances.
They came close to losing the 9,980th game tonight and may have lost closer Bret Myers for a while. He had a bad inning, giving up 4 runs in the 9th and left the game holding his shoulder. I hope he will be OK but I get suspicious when a player has a bad outing then claims an injury. I really don't think there is anything wrong with Ryan Howard's leg.
Back to history. How many disasters have the Phillies endured? Everything from the 1964 meltdown when they had to win one of the ten games left and lost them all to a road trip to Cincinnati in the early 1900's when a player fell out of the train and drowned in the Ohio River. The near misses of the last few seasons to Joe Carter's Home Run off Mitchy Poo in the 1993 World Series.
But there is way to celebrate all this futility. An Inky story today profiles the creator of a website that is documenting this moment in history. And when the big day happens the author, Charley DeBow, is planning a parade.
DeBow said the "celebration march" will be held after the next home game.
"It's not meant to make fun of the Phillies' losing 10,000 games," he said, "but it's also something that can't be overlooked."

1 comment:

pissed off patricia said...

When I lived in the Philadelpia area, Media in particular, I attended a few Phillies games. But I haven't kept up with any baseball in a long time. Football gets my attention, big time.