Monday, July 16, 2007


That's the number I prefer to look at. That's the number of wins that the Philadelphia Phillies have. They've played baseball continuously in this city as the "Phillies" since the 1883 season. They've seen many stadia, countless players good and bad, countless managers good and bad and many owners mostly bad.

When the Phils lost yesterday (10-2, and it wasn't even that close) they also reached that storied plateau of 10,000 losses.

To this, I say: "So what?" 10,000 losses merely proves their longevity as a team.

That's it. Move on.

There's a lot to look forward to in the Phils' future. There's playoffs to miss and bad trades to be made. There's bad decisions to be made by the 100-headed hydra that owns the team.

And tonight, loss No. 10,001. Mark my words. Jamie Moyer vs. Brad Penny? 10,001.

For more, and much better, coverage of this historic occasion, take a long walk up the ramps to The 700 Level


Giancarlo said...

Every Phillies fan has this retort about how it proves their longevity. This is true, but it also proves their suckiness. 8810 wins versus 10000 losses is NOT a good percentage.

Also, one World Series win (and only three other appearances) in 124 years.

Just trying to be honest with ourselves.

FFJewbacca said...

Come on Pac! Do you have to kick a guy when he's down???

And what's wrong with appearing in the World Series every 41.67 seasons???

Actually I agree with you wholeheartedly. I was just tired of the wall to wall coverage of 10,000 and like the feng-shui-ness of 8810 much better. Of course it's now 8811 which is an even cooler number.

Mike Pacchione said...

My favorite thing was the Aaron Rowand quote about how "another 30 losses and we'll in the playoffs."

Um...that would make you 86-76. Are you sure that puts you in the playoffs? I'm not