Philadelphia Phillies

NLCS 2010: An Underdog Story Tells Us Why We Play The Games

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  The San Francisco Giants celebrate defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 and winning the pennant in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Michael FoglianoAnalyst IOctober 24, 2010

Last night the season of the beloved Phillies came to an end when the San Francisco Giants defeated the favored Phillies in Game 6 of the NLCS.

Already fans are complaining, "The Phillies should be in the World Series! or The Giants got lucky! This isn't fair!"

My response is that it is fair.

Don't get me wrong, being a huge Phillies fan I'm very disappointed that they lost.

However, I'm not going to say that the Giants don't deserve to be there.

We all know that the Phillies are the better team on paper, but in reality, it doesn't mean anything.

We play the games for a reason.

If the best team on paper made the World Series every year, there would be no point for the regular season or the postseason.

That's not baseball.

Philadelphia fans should know this since they experienced a similar story when the Phillies won in 2008.

This year's 2008 Phillies were the Giants. 

Halfway through the season, the Giants were just a game above .500 (41-40).

Down the stretch, they turned around and stunned everyone by outlasting the San Diego Padres and winning the NL West.

Suddenly, they shock the entire nation by defeating the reigning National League champions.

Who knew that waiver pickup Cody Ross, and the rookie Buster Posey would be great?

As a respectful baseball fan I won't talk down on the Giants, but instead tip my hat off saying, "Hey, you were the better team and deserve to be in the World Series."

As Philadelphia fans, we can't look at this in a negative way, even though it's hard.

We have to say, "We'll get them next year!"

In baseball, we witness miraculous triumphs and unbelievable underdog stories that are unpredictable.

It's the beauty of the sport.

We have seen these events happen before when the 2004 Boston Red Sox overcame the curse that no one ever thought would be broken, or when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.

This is what baseball really is.

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