Never Give Up
Charlie Manuel trotted out his regular lineup for this afternoon’s final game, the first meaningless game for the Phillies in the last two seasons. Meaningless in that the Phillies were eliminated in game #161 on Saturday as opposed to a year ago when they were sent home after the last game.
The final road trip read: 3 wins, 3 losses, an 11-inning game, a 14-inning game and a 4-hour, 27-minute rain delay.
Some players headed for their off-season home after today’s loss. Others boarded the charter flight back to Philadelphia. Some of the players will pack tonight, some tomorrow and others may do so later in the week.
Some players will be in Clearwater next spring, which is something like 138 days away. Others will not return.
There are far more plusses on this team than minuses. Pat Gillick and his staff will start the process of looking for ways to improve the team for 2007. It should be an interesting winter.
A championship remains the goal of the organization. “Never surrender, never give up.”