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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Subdued Philly celebration even worse than wild one

We knew it was coming, but the Met fan's October got a lot worse last night.

I couldn't watch most of the Philly clincher last night, but I did end up watching the celebration. It could have been a lot worse - I saw an interview with Pedro Martinez, but not one with Shane Victorino. And TBS got booed.

But the more I think about it, the less I like the fact that the celebration seemed relatively subdued. The Phillies acted like they have been there before. And they have - three division titles in a row, a World Series last year and a championship last year.

The Phillies franchise had only been to the World Series twice before 1980 and had never won. Now they have been there five times in the last 30 seasons, with two championships and a chance to make it three.

The Phillies are no longer a downtrodden franchise enjoying a day in the sun. They are a dominant team with the players to keep it that way for a long time.

It was only 2 1/2 years ago that Jimmy Rollins stirred up controversy by proclaiming the Phillies the "team to beat" in the NL East. Now the only controversy would come if a Met dared to utter that statement.

The Phillies are the team to beat, both in the division and in the league. And if Brad Lidge continues to hold up, maybe in all of baseball.

I hated them less when they were the scrappy underdog.

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The Phillies are the first National League team to win back-to-back pennants since the 1995-6 Atlanta Braves. So the last time an NL team returned to the World Series to defend their title, they were facing a Yankee team that was back in the Fall Classic after what for the Yankees was a lengthy absence, trying to end one of the longest title droughts in Yankee history.

Will 2009 be a repeat of 1996? We shall see.

Also, in 1996, the Mets won 71 games, one more than this year. Toward the end of the year, they hired Bobby Valentine. Just sayin'.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

For someone whose team is doing pretty great you sure do bit.. I mean complain about everything and anything under the sun.

Lighten up.

Jon Lewin said...

I added a line at the top to make it clearer that this piece is from the half of Subway Squawkers whose team is not doing great at all.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope that history is repeating itself, in that the Mets fortunes will soon turn for the better, like they did in 1996. The only problem with this is that we may have to tolerate another spend-a-thon from the egomaniacs in the Bronx, and I don't think I can tolerate even one more chumpionship from them, EVER!

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh! My apologies to Lisa. Jon, by all means, you have every right!

Rob A from BBD said...

This won't be quite the world series it could be unless Pedro busts out his midget friend again. Here's hoping.

(sorry if I'm not supposed to say midget).

Subway Squawkers said...

Rob,

Sadly, Pedro's little friend Nelson De La Rosa died in 2006, so that person won't be part of the celebration.

I do expect Pedro to do something crazy soon, though. This is the guy who offered to take off his clothes in order to prove he didn't do steroids!

http://thefastertimes.com/mlb/2009/08/03/why-pedro-martinez-is-baseballs-quickest-wit/

Lisa

Uncle Mike said...

Hey, Pedro... Who's your daddy?

Tough luck, "Anonymous." It will happen, and if you don't like it, get your team to spend a bundle on players who will stay healthy and not "disappear" in September.