I know, I know, I am from Pennsylvania, I should root for the Phils, you know just like I am sure all those Flyers Fans rooted for the Penguins in last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. I don't buy it. I absolutely hate the Yankees, and I really have no problem with any of the Phillies this side of Victorino but nothing puts a smile on my face more than the eerie silence that is coming from those same Phans who would not shut up when the Mets lost. Yeah the Mets were terrible, the Phillies were the best team in the National League for the second straight year, and they made it to their second consecutive World Series. Congrats, you lost, and it feels good.
The worst part about the Phillies Phans I have come to know and love is how they are willing to take a bullet for a guy one day and shoot him with it the next, i.e. Cole Hamels, Brad "Lights Out" Lidge, Charlie Manuel. They are all what have you done for me lately Phans and would trade in their own Grandmother if she stopped baking them cookies and giving them gifts. They are the Phans who were certain they were about to repeat after the Game 1 victory, and the same Phans who hated Ryan Howard because he was swinging and missing everything in the Series.
The ultimate truth is the Philadelphia Phillies deserve recognition and respect for being the talented and successful club they truly are. They win games, they do almost everything right on the field, they seem to be a close knit bunch, and they seem to enjoy playing this great game, it is so sad that this team has to be followed by a bunch of fair weather Phans who have yet to figure out they are rooting for a team with more losses in its history than any other professional franchise.
I want to apologize to those Phans who are both fans of the Phillies and the game of baseball, I do not mean to include you in this rant. Baseball fans understand that the game is a roller coaster with ups and downs along the way. They understand that the big hitters don't always hit and the weak hitters sometimes do. They realize that your number 1 pitcher might pitch like a number 5 and vice-versa. Phillies Phans do not, they think it should be home runs and no hitters every night out. They live in a...wait for it... a Phantasy World.
Hey Phightin' Phils Phans, add another "L" to the Loss Column and Phare Well.