Appreciation

The Phillies won another NL East title last night, as expected. The celebration was notably muted, especially when compared to when they won the crown in 2007. All of this success has become commonplace for the Phillies, having reached the post-season five years running. Only the 1991-2005 Atlanta Braves and 1995-2007 New York Yankees have had a longer run of pure dominance in recent memory. As for the Phillies as a franchise, the previous high was three consecutive playoff berths from 1976-78. If you need a reminder of just how good you have it as a Phillies fan right now, click here and look at all of the white in the “playoffs” column prior to 2007.

Some are saying that the Phillies need to win the World Series for their great season to be validated, but given just how much variance plays a role in the final three playoff series, I don’t think that’s the case. It would certainly be disappointing if they got the boot early, but the 2011 Phillies have overcome a lot of adversity, batting nary an eyelash while lapping the rest of baseball. On pace for 106 wins, the Phillies have passed every test with flying colors; being victimized by a few bad rolls of the die in the post-season cannot and will not negate that.

For the next two weeks, the Phillies will — or, at least, should — take it easy, giving their everyday players some much-needed rest and aligning the rotation in the correct order. After that, it’s off to the battlefields. Godspeed.

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  1. Css228

    September 18, 2011 02:22 PM

    I don’t even need to look at the link you posted to remind me how great we have it. I remember games 10 years ago where I’d go to the park with a 600 or 300 level ticket and moving down to the 200 level around the 4th. Sure it was nice to get the free upgrade, but I much prefer the SRO or foul pole tickets to watch a great team in CBP

  2. Dustin

    September 19, 2011 02:53 AM

    Good post, but I doubt many Phillies fans other than bandwagon jumpers and kids need a reminder. I was born in 1978, and I don’t remember being into baseball in 1983…about all I remember from that time was watching the Braves when I lived in Florida.

    I actually got to go to one of the games in 1993. Unfortunately, it was Game 3.

    Having spent my entire childhood and adult life rooting for a team that was not very good, I savor every win that these Phillies post. I still get excited when they win a division crown. I hope the ride never ends.

  3. John

    September 19, 2011 02:55 PM

    Darn, too bad we’re not gonna win the WS this year…looks like we need to have lost at least 70 regular season games to win the WS ;)

    Go Phils!

  4. hk

    September 19, 2011 04:35 PM

    You’re right Dustin, most of us remember the bad between 1984 and 2007 with the exception of 1993 and a few other teams that made things interesting before fading. Even those of us old enough to remember the stretch from 1976 to 1983 have suffered a lot more than we’ve celebrated through the years. On the other hand, since my sons (ages 10 and 7) became fans of the game and the team, they have never experienced the season ending after 162 games.

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