"You can't win 'em all."
Baseball fans don't need beaten cliches to face reality. During the course of a 162-game regular season, even the greatest of teams are going to get unlucky once in a while. The most technically sound teams are going to make a few mistakes.
It happens. Baseball must obey those pesky mathematics and probability laws.
So what makes fans so angry when someone says something as simple as, "You can't win them all?" That's not a comforting statement. At its core, it basically means that from time to time, you're going to lose.
Nobody likes losing!
Fans of the Philadelphia Phillies can multiply that statement 10,000 times. Saddled with a number of obstacles blocking their path to a winning franchise for a long time, the Phillies collected a number of losses, some more painful than others.
Even as one of the best teams in baseball in recent seasons, the Phillies have experienced a number of painful losses. That's the beauty of this game: It always keeps you humble.
So as yet another baseball season waits just around the corner and the Phillies attempt yet another run at a World Series title, let's prepare ourselves for the bumps along the way. Let's take a look at some of the most painful losses in franchise history, to understand just what the Phillies are fighting for in 2012.
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