I spent eight hours in a car driving from Brockport, New York on Saturday night with zero chance of being able to watch Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Giants and Phillies.
Thus, my only viable option was listening to the Phillies radio call for one of the most terrifying and disappointing Phils games ever.
Upon leaving the population of Kenya on the bases after taking a first inning 2-0 lead, the Phillies lost the lead and ultimately, their season thanks to a Juan Uribe eighth-inning solo homer off of the previously untouchable Ryan Madson.
When Ryan Howard struck out looking to end the game, a potential Game 7, three straight NL pennants and a possible second World Series victory in three years vanished.
Several emotions ran through me after his third strike out of the game. Disappointment and emptiness swelled inside of me due to the disbelief that a 97-win team lost the National League pennant to a bunch of singles hitters from San Francisco.
Immediately following the game, I called a buddy who was out watching the evening’s Greek tragedy and left two voice mails on his answering machine. It was five minutes of nonsense. I don’t remember much other than yelling Juan Uribe’s name 300 times.
I don’t have the energy to the rank this in the pantheon of Philadelphia sports disappointments. However, I can tell you that when you’re the odds on favorite to win the World Series, coming up short of that goal is not fun.
Yet, tonight was one of the true signs of how far the Phillies have come in the last decade.
To hurt deeply at this point of the year means your team must have done something right. Perhaps, that is a twisted view of Saturday night’s events but I have to take some solace out of defeat.
Lastly, October 23 was already a horrible day in Phillies history. Just ask this guy:
Congratulations, Giants fans. Your team played better baseball and deserved to win.
Unfortunately, the left arm of Cliff Lee will lead to your demise in the upcoming World Series.
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