Last night the Phillies had their post-season dreams dashed by the Colorado Rockies by a count of 2-1. There’s not much to say about the game that hasn’t already been said about the series in general. Hitters didn’t hit, rather they struck out. The bullpen was shaky at best, but not on the whole terrible. Jamie Moyer pitched another fantastic game when it counted and solidifying his role as the team’s stopper.Â It was clear, however, that guys without playoff experience sure could have benefited from some.
Plenty more will be said about the Phillies performance in the playoffs in the coming days by myself and others, but I’d like to take this moment to send a heartfelt congratulations to the team and the organization. This quality team is going to be around for a while and this season was just the first step towards decade of success. Not many teams win the World Series in their first playoff experience (save those damn expansion teams). The Phillies are building towards that goal. I could see it in the players faces during the ninth inning. It was the classic dear-in-headlights look that said, “Wow, we were not prepared for this, no wonder we got steamrolled.” The whole scene reminds me of the Emily Dickenson poem, Success is counted sweetest. Yet, in the mire of failure and self-reflection can only come strength – the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies will look back on this season and realize what needs to be done to not simply play in post-season games, but to win them all (or at least one of them).
But in the meantime, we should enjoy this season and acknowledge the joy that fell upon the city, if only for a week, and remember we all deserved it. Congratulations to the 2007 Philadelphia Phillies and thank you. Go Phils!