HI Red's fans. Congrats on a wonderful season. You WILL be back! Actually, the Reds play a significant (for Phil's fans, bad) part in Phillie's history. We have a very good catcher named Ruiz (Carlos) but do you remember CHICO Ruiz? Philly fans remember him BETTER. In 1964, in the 9th inning at old Crosley Field, Ruiz won the game as he stole home plate, starting the most impressive collapse in sports history. That loss started a 10 game losing steak (5 to the Reds) that cost the Phils the pennant. They were up 6 1/2 games with 12 to play. How can you screw that up? By Pitching your best 2 guys on 2 days rest............. TWICE!!!
Let's move up to '76. The Phils had won 101 games to take NL East. Their opponents? "The Big Red Machine"!!! I thought we'd win at least ONE game. Nope! Johnny and Pete and Tony and Caesar, and Joe, and George etc. were just too good. Where were the OUTS in THAT line-up? We COULDA won if we had 8 Mike Scmidts in the line-up and FOUR Steve Carltons in the rotation...maybe! At that point in time, the Phils had been in existance for 93 years and had been to two! count'em' TWO World Series, collecting exactly ONE win in those 9 games. It wasn't until PETE ROSE (blessings be upon him) provided the catylist to let those under-achieving 70's Phils win their FIRST WS!!! In '83 Tony P. and Joe M. joined Pete and we had only our 4th WS appearance in 100 years!!! (Hey ANYBODY can have a bad century RIGHT?) And for most of that time there were only SEVEN other teams to lose to. And brother they DID!
So, speaking from a place in total empathy for your beloved Reds, who gave it their best, I hope you guys appreciate their efforts and give'em great support next year. If the Phils get to face 'em in the play-offs NEXT year, they will be a tough team to top. So cheer-UP if you're down! Nobody could possibly feel as low as I did after the '64 meltdown. This was just a bump!
Ps. For those in the game thread crying about the "bad calls" and crying "1919 Black Sox scandal". Try and remember WHO the beneficiaries of THAT fix were!!!
Pps. For the Utley haters: If one of YOUR guys had been ruled a struck batsman, and he argued to the ump: "Heck no! I wasn't hit!" From what part of "Great American" would his lifeless corpse be hanging?