Last week I was asked offline about the title of Jim’s last column – the old "it’s a marathon not a sprint" line. I was told it was too cliché, especially this early in the year. I disagreed. It was totally appropriate because the more I think of it, the more I see the Phillies as one big cliché. The team has this uncanny knack for self-fulfilling jokes. They’re very reflexive in how they lose games and break hearts – almost like they are a parody of themselves. Does that make sense to anyone? I’m just trying to wrap my head around another poor start and my annual nervous breakdown. Maybe a sweep of the Mets is the cure.