That was the time on my home computer when the Padres’ game ended in Phoenix. I was clinging to hope on GameCast. But San Diego won. A few minutes earlier, the Dodgers won, thus eliminating the Phillies from a postseason berth on the last day of summer, a gloomy Saturday.
The wild ride that started after the July 31 trade deadline didn’t end with a wild card.
It is disappointing, frustrating, upsetting, demoralizing—whatever you want to call it—for everyone, Charlie Manuel and his staff, the players, everyone in the organization and the passionate Phillies fans. Winning a championship is the Phillies’ goal.
Oh, the Phillies have had winning seasons in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and this year but a winning record falls short..
It sort of reminds me of the 1976, 1977 and 1978 seasons. The Phillies won the Eastern Division pennant each year but never made it to the World Series.
Tomorrow the book closes on the season, game #162. The team will return home. Players will pack their belongings at Citizens Bank Park on Monday and then head for their homes.
While the Hunt for October won’t play in Philadelphia this year, there’s hope for next season. There’s a lot young talent on the club. Will spring training ever get here?