Archive for June, 2014

The End of an Era

Posted: June 14, 2014 in Sports

Sitting here on my couch watching the Phillies in anticipation of Jimmy Rollins breaking Michael Jack Schmidt’s all time leading hits record, I started to get sad.  I realized that the end of one of the greatest and most exciting eras in Philadelphia Phillies history is probably coming to an end.  Over the last few months I’ve said on a number of occasions that it is time to get rid of the core players who have made this team so fun to watch.  I mean, Jimmy, Chase, Ryan and Chooch are all in their mid 30’s and it’s time to start rebuilding for the future right?  After seeing Jimmy make Phillies history a few minutes ago and seeing that infectious smile of his as he stood on first base waving to the fans and being congratulated by his teammates, it hit me.  I am not ready for these guys to go.  

I have been a Phillies fan since I was about 5 years old. I used to listen to the games in the summer, sitting on the front porch with my grandmom.  I watched through the Michael Jack, Greg Luzinski, Garry Lee Maddox and Larry Bowa years.  I remember running around my house like a damn fool when Tug McGraw threw that last strike to win the World Series. I remember screaming and dancing when Michael Jack hit his 500th homerun and cried the day he retired.  I remember watching the years when the team was just horrible and people would really love to forget most of the players on those teams.  I watched as the 1993 Broad Street Bellies led by John Kruk, Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra an Mitchie Poo took the NL East by storm and was first in the division from opening day and never looked back.  

I know all good things must come to an end but this Phillies team from 2006 til now will always be my favorite.  Watching Jimmy, Chase and Ryan get their first career hits seems like it just happened yesterday.  Hearing Jimmy tell the world the Phillies are the team to beat couldn’t have been 7 years ago.  Sitting at Citizen Bank Park when Howard hit 3 homeruns in a game was memorable and watching Chase run around the bases full speed after he hit his first career homerun, will never be forgotten.  How do I say goodbye to a bunch of guys who were the reason we won our first championship in this city in 1000 years (ok it seemed that long) back in 2008?    I’m just not ready to let them go.  I’m not ready to say goodbye to 3/4th of our infield and the players who have given me so much excitement over the last 7 years. Do I want the Phillies to get better?  Yes of course I do but damn this is really gonna suck.  

I wish this team could have won another world championship or 2 I mean because really, there is no reason they shouldn’t have but there’s really no reason to get into that.  They did bring us our last parade down Broad Street and for that, no matter where they end up, they will always have a special place in my heart that cannot be replaced. 

 

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