Losing 10,000 games isn't easy.
You may think it is, but it isn't.
It takes a special kind of terrible to lose 10,000 games. After all, just two teams—your Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves—have been unfortunate enough to lose 10,000 games, with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds right on their heels, but not quite there yet.
What makes a professional sports team so unsuccessful? Well, there is the simple fact that the Phillies have been around for an extremely long time, originating as the Philadelphia Quakers in 1883. Even then, however, there are teams that have been around longer than the Phillies and have lost fewer games.
So what makes the Phillies such an unsuccessful franchise? You don't lose 10,000 games as a professional sports team because you broke a mirror or forgot to throw some salt over your shoulder.
Like I said, it takes a certain kind of terrible to lose 10,000 games, and there should be no disagreement among Phillies fans that this franchise has gone through some extremely embarrassing times. They've had cheap owners, unwilling to pay stars. They've had terrible managers. They've had guys that should have never seen the MLB don their uniform.
In fact, in certain, overly embarrassing seasons, they've had them all at once.
You don't get to be a successful franchise without learning from your mistakes, and the Phillies have certainly had a lengthy, embarrassing history. If they don't want to revert to their losing ways, they'll observe with caution.
If you don't want to embarrass yourself, don't play like these teams.
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