The San Francisco Giants are now one game away from winning the 2010 NLCS and advancing to the World Series for the first time since 2002.
Everyone in Philadelphia is thinking the same thing today: if we're going to come back from down 3-1, at least we've got Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels with whom to try to pull it off.
Here's some other thoughts as the Phillies face the brink of elimination, and perhaps the downside of a dynasty.
The Giants are playing really great right now.
Can't take anything away from them.
Philadelphia sports fans tend to get down on the hometown team when they come up short in the post-season.
The Giants are playing inspired baseball and it is doubtful that anyone could stop this team right now.
In 2008, the Philadelphia Phillies won a World Series with a smartly-built team, built on homegrown talent and small, crafty moves that built a great team.
In 2010, the Phillies are about to be escorted out of the playoffs by a smartly-built team.
I'm sorry, they drafted that rotation? Are you kidding me?
And Pat Burrell and Cody Ross were waiver-wire pickups? What?
In September, I wish I'd made a bigger deal out of the Phillies men left on base.
Even though we were scoring plenty, we were leaving lots of men on base. It didn't seem like a big deal because, well, we were scoring lots of runs.
Now the Phillies are just leaving men on base, and it is killing them.
News alert: The Phils got out-coached last night.
I try to think I am pretty objective about baseball, but I swear the home plate umpire was calling balls and strikes like Tim Donaghy trying to get the Los Angeles Lakers into the NBA Finals.
Very consistently against the Phillies and for the Giants.
You can't tell me that all of Madison Bumgarner's called strikes were over the plate, because many were not.
As this Phillies team struggles to keep this run alive, I become more and more impressed with what the Yankees did from 1996 to 2000.
It really was before they started buying every player available. Going to four World Series in five years in this day and age, let alone winning four out of five, is simply amazing.
I really think we, and by we I mean the baseball world, need to stop diminishing the magnitude of that accomplishment simply because they were the Yankees.
This Phillies team has developed great players, has bought great players, and has made good roster moves, and they're one game away from the downside of a dynasty.
At the same time, I become less and less impressed with what the Atlanta Braves did during their 15-year run.
For the first 70 years of AL/NL Major League Baseball as we know it, the battle for the league was fought during the season—the best team in the league went to the World Series, end of story.
But since 1995, the battle for the league has taken place in the postseason.
That the Braves could win 14 straight division titles with three Hall of Fame starting pitchers, but only win the World Series once and only make one trip there in the last nine tries, suddenly seems underwhelming.
You know what the Giants have that the Phillies don't right now?
Overachieving is how Shane Victorino hit a grand slam off of CC Sabathia in the 2008 NLDS after Brett Myers drew a full-count, two-out walk. And it is how the Phillies won one World Series and went to another.
Right now, the Phillies are one game from losing to Cody Ross, Juan Uribe, Aaron Rowand, Pat Burrell and Aubrey Huff.
Anyone who thinks a World Series between the Texas Rangers and this San Francisco Giants team wouldn't be amazing either isn't paying attention or doesn't like baseball.
There are two teams playing emotional, exciting, clutch baseball with good, young, talented players and plotlines, back-stories and themes galore. A rematch of the Phillies and Yankees would be comparatively boring and, frankly, more than a little ordinary.
I'm not entire sure which team I'll root for.
You just committed $25 million dollars per year over the next five years to a dime-a-dozen left-handed, power-hitting first baseman.
Good luck keeping your team together around that.
There is a chance—just a chance—that the Phillies really are the new Yankees.