Our effort to repeat as World Champions has come to an end. Only three NL teams have been there and done that: 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds, 1921-22 New York Giants and 1907-08 Chicago Cubs. If it makes you feel any better, the Cubs haven’t won the Series since 1908.
We defied the odds in getting to the World Series in consecutive years. Now, we face greater odds in trying to make in three in a row as in the 105 years of the World Series, it has only happened three times in the National League: Chicago Cubs (1906-07-08), New York Giants (1911-12-13) and St. Louis Cardinals (1942-43-44).
If you get to the World Series and lose, you will be remembered. You are totally forgotten if you don’t get there.
2009 was a heck of a season, something to remember for a long, long time. There’s a great deal of pride in being a Phillies fan these days and it was reflected at the turnstiles and merchandise. Thanks to you for your passionate support and for wearing Phillies red. It is felt, appreciated and cherished.
So, now we begin eternity: the period of time from the last out of the World Series until the first pitch of spring training.
The long-range forecast has the Phillies playing their first 2010 spring training game in Clearwater’s Bright House Field in just four months. That still seems like eternity.
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