We panicked every year that they wouldn't win the division, but they did. We panicked during their July slump, but they overcame this by having a hot August and September.
Who were they?
For some reason, this loss has made fans start to doubt the Phillies, and even forget about Roy Halladay's no-hitter.
Let me be the first to tell you not to panic.
If you watched closely to Halladay's outing last night, it really wasn't that bad. Although he gave up four runs, he pitched well.
He kept his velocity throughout, and racked up seven strikeouts.
Those two solo shots were just two out of his 105 pitches that he left hanging, something Halladay never does.
Don't expect Roy to stop the engine in the playoffs.
In Games 2 and 3 we have Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.
Two experienced playoff starters, and Hamels is a NLCS and World Series MVP.
On to the Phillies offense, there's no need to panic there either. Does anyone realize we scored three runs and hit two homers off of Tim Lincecum?
Chase Utley and Jayson Werth combine for 22 postseason home runs.
Carlos Ruiz has been our most clutch and consistent hitter. His double off of Lincecum last night proved it.
Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino have good postseason pasts.
The only player to panic about is Jimmy Rollins, and I think he will come around.
This 2010 Phillies team is probably the best team the franchise has ever had.
Our pitching staff is loaded, and we are the most experienced postseason team along side with the New York Yankees.
The Phillies have won and lost a World Series, so they know what it's like to be on both ends of the stick.
Why are we doubting experience?
We've seen what this team can do when they are down in the count. They have overcome many obstacles in years past, so why can't they overcome this one?
I'm not sure if it's Philadelphia fans in general, but the panicking needs to come to an end.
Don't ever doubt the Phightin' Phils.
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