Okay, enough already.
The Phillies were already a staggering 36 games over .500, comfortably in first place.
They were already completing an extremely successful West Coast road trip with a record of 8-1.
They would already be returning home with the best record in baseball.
So when I saw the Phillies already down 6-0 in the third inning Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, I wasn’t surprised.
After all, the Phillies had already won the first two games of this series against the Dodgers, and it’s always tough to sweep a team in their own ballpark. Plus, this was the last game of the road trip—the "let’s just go home" getaway game.
Add to that, the Phillies had already played 19 straight games without a day off; this was the 20th. So I was okay with losing that game on Wednesday; it just wouldn’t have been a big deal.
But a funny thing happened: They didn’t lose.
The Phillies mounted an improbable comeback, beating the Dodgers 9-8, and returned home after the best 10-game road trip in franchise history. Say what?
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that they won the game. That’s good, right? So why is this crazy woman acting like it’s a bad thing. What’s up with that?
I’ll admit it. I’m uneasy. You might even say I’m anxious. Okay, I’m downright worried.
All this great pitching, all this suddenly timely hitting, all these wins and Hunter Pence! It’s just too much for a fan to take. I mean, we’re Philadelphia fans, and even though we won it all as recently as 2008, old habits die hard. We need something to worry about.
As much as I agonized over those down-to-the-wire pennant races the last couple of years, I realize now that they served their purpose. We were so exhausted by the intense pressure to win every game that we didn‘t have much energy left to worry about what might be next.
Ah, I miss those days.
Are you getting my drift? This year, with such a huge lead so early, we’ve got nothing but time. Time to worry about someone getting hurt. Time to worry that they’re peaking too soon. Time to worry that the best team in the regular season often doesn’t end up winning it all.
It can’t be this easy. It can’t go this smoothly, can it? We just need a little angst to get us through.
You know the expression that it takes some clouds to make a beautiful sunset?
Well, we need a couple of those. Not big, bad dark ones. Just a little fluffy white one passing through now and then.
So, I can’t believe I’m really saying this to my Phillies, but hey guys, can you do your fans a favor and lose a game once in a while?
Just not in October!