Can you feel it?

So I spent the weekend at home in Philly and unfortunately my friends and family confirmed my earlier suspicions – the frustration is real. Even before getting swept by the Braves you could feel it. It feels exactly like last season, and the ones before that. I wish there weren’t an offseason, that way I wouldn’t forget what this feels like.

In Fever Pitch Nick Hornsby describes Arsenal during similar low points as, “Never be bad enough to go down, but never good enought to win anything, and the statis made you want to scream with frustration.” Have we reached this point? If this were soccer would the Phillies have been relegated long ago?

The only way to shake this gut wrenching feeling is to have the Fightins’ climb out of the basement after this series with the Nationals. I’ll be there for all three games — RFK is only a two beer walk from the house.

In other Phillies news, The Floyd Brothers, like the rest of the Phils, didn’t have the best of weeks. Elder brother, Mike was traded to Houston on Saturday and a day later superstar Gavin was demoted to AAA Scranton in favor of Geoff Geary.

Lenny Dykstra has been accused of taking steroids and gambling on games during the ’93 season. Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports allegations of Dykstra advising a man “to bet thousands of dollars with a bookmaker on selected Phillie games in 1993.” Nails of course denies the claim, but it really wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

It looks like it’s gonna be a long summer.

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