I don’t have a whole lot of time to flesh this out this morning, but I wanted to throw a thought out there. Prior to yesterday’s game, all anybody was talking about was how badly the Mets had choked down the stretch.
It was being called the second greatest collapse of all time (behind the ’64 Phillies, of course).
People wondered if firing Randolph would be enough. Or would more players and coaches have to go?
But that was before the Mets absolutely demolished the Marlins, 13-0. And the before the Phillies lost to the Nationals.
Now I have to ask, if the Phillies lose today and fall just short of the playoffs AGAIN, will that qualify this season as the biggest tease ever? Will it qualify the Phillies franchise as the most excruciating team to route for?
They came in second place last year. And the year before. And the year before that. In fact, just like this year, the season came down to the last game in 2005. The Phillies won that game, but still missed the playoffs.
Still, you’ve got to love that the guys who are pitching today for the NL East leaders are guys who can appreciate the significance of the moment, Tom Glavine for the Mets and Jamie Moyer for the Phils.
Here’s what the Philadelphia Inquirer has to say about Moyer:
Jamie Moyer knows what a championship parade in Philadelphia looks, feels and sounds like.
He was a senior at Souderton High School in Montgomery County when the Phillies won the World Series in 1980. He got so caught up in the euphoria of his favorite team’s winning it all that he played hooky and headed down to the big city to be part of the victory celebration.
(What’s the statute of limitations on truancy, anyway?)
All these years later, Moyer is still one of you. He’s a Philadelphia sports fan. And today, on fan appreciation day, he holds your sporting dreams – and his – in his left hand.
Pretty cool, right?
Of course, Phillies fans would prefer to have Jamie Moyer circa 2001 pitching this game, instead of the older version, who kind of reminds us of Eddie Harris from the movie Major League.
But whatever. At least it’s not Adam Eaton.