10,000: A Meaningless Number

15 Jul

I’m sure, in fact I’m damn near certain, that sports columns are currently being prepared for various local and national papers about the humiliating achievement that the Philadelphia Phillies baseball club reached this past evening. Their 10-2 loss to the Saint Louis Cardinals was the 10,000th in their existence. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Look, the Philadelphia Phillies have been around since 1883. They sucked for a lot of years, and lost a lot of games. They’ve won 5 pennants and 1 World Series in 124 years. Their history is lacking hall-of-famers, lacking dyansty-like teams, and lacking wins compared to other teams that have been around for just as long.

And so what? What bearing does that have on anything today? How does any of the above affect today’s fans or today’s team? Fact: it doesn’t. It just doesn’t. It doesn’t matter. There are facts and historical footnotes, and then there is history. Footnotes are numbers, are statistics, are dates. They mean little to today’s world. Then there is history…things recorded in the past, a tapestry of the past and blueprint for the future. What happened in the 1900s and 1930s and 1960s and so on only serve as a lesson, nothing more. Teams need good players to win games and the owners must spend enough money and enough money wisely in order to field a team which the fans will accept.

What more can be ‘learned’ besides the above? There is no other lesson. It has no bearing on today’s team of 85, 88, 86, 86, 80 and 86 wins. The team has kept the footnotes in the past. No, they haven’t made the playoffs much of late…but they made 3 World Series and 9 playoff appearances in the past 31 years. That’s not great, but that’s a marked improvement over the 2 playoff appearances (and 2 World Series losses) during the previous 93 years. Yesterday’s footnotes are just that, footnotes. They have no bearing on today’s team, or even the history that is currently being played out.

In conclusion, don’t sweat the small stuff. Get beyond the number and press the reset button. This century has started off fairly well for this franchise…especially in comparison to how it began. Let the 10,000 number die a quiet death.

9 Responses to “10,000: A Meaningless Number”

  1. Adeel July 15, 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    I was just telling someone about how bad the Phillies have been historically. It’s really remarkable.

  2. Lynn July 15, 2007 at 11:56 pm #

    I’ve got to admit I’ve gotten a kick out of the anecdotes that have popped up seemingly everywhere about the historical futility and suckitude of the Phillies. Some of them have been pretty hysterical.

    As for the number: meh. SOMEONE had to be first.

    I just wish there were a tshirt.

  3. GM-Carson July 16, 2007 at 8:28 am #

    10k losses, who gives a shit?!

    Being around since 1883 losses tend to pile up.

    Just another typical Phils loss in my opinion…time to move on…next…

  4. The Red Tornado July 16, 2007 at 11:18 am #

    1 is the loneliest number.

  5. Ed Wade's Locker July 16, 2007 at 9:53 pm #

    10,ooo may not matter to you, but it matters to the people like me who have suffered through our allegiance to baseball’s worst franchise. If 10,000 doesn’t matter, then why do they keep score. If 10,000 doesn’t matter, then why do we watch them play? If 10,000 doesn’t matter why am I so incensed at your flippant attitude that I sat down and wasted 3 minutes of my life to write this. It matters. And we all share the embarrassment.

  6. Chris July 16, 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    you don’t understand my point at all

  7. Ricky - Sixers4guidos July 17, 2007 at 10:41 am #

    I don’t understand shlt about baseball, I don’t follow it, but I thought it was interesting to read all the discussions about this “historical” achievement by the Phillies.

    It tells a lot about the negadelphian mentality, that to me, living an ocean away, is pretty funny. I am in constant touch with many Sixers fans and their attitude sometimes irks me, I admit

    While I like yours, Chris, so kudos to your post

    I hope better times will come soon, I am sure of it. Sixers, Phillies, Eagles will give this title starved city some joy soon

    later

  8. Chris July 17, 2007 at 6:02 pm #

    thanks man, keep the comments coming

    huge tiny mistake is truly international now!

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