9,999 and Still Counting
As so many continue to report with glee, the Philadelphia Phillies are the losing-est team in Major League Baseball, now hovering at 9,999 lifetime losses for the franchise. With their next loss, they will be the first team to lose 10,000 games, a non-event being prepared for with 10,000 black balloons and 10,000 birds ready for release, among other humorous twists on the number 10,000.
Everyone seemed sure that playing a game on Friday the 13th would be the kicker. It wasn't. The only thing that got kicked yesterday was some St. Louis Cardinal butt, in a 13-3 rout that featured 23 Phillies hits and 3 Cardinal errors, including a catcher who dropped a throw to the plate for a score instead of an out. (Note to Mr. Molina: requirement for the position of "catcher" is actually catching the ball.)
The newspaper still sports that big red numeral "1" on the sports page; the countdown to 10,000, and it will be there again tomorrow.
Today they only beat the Cards 10-4, with a measly 14 hits.
So maybe tomorrow will be the day. Or maybe not.
How 'bout them Phils!