By Wyatt Earp | October 8, 2011
That’s a shame.
Okay, everyone knows I’m not a Phillies fan, but I’m not going to gloat too much today. I was shocked that they lost last night, but in the long run, I think this is a good thing.
Many, but not all, Phillies fans have become way too arrogant. They bragged about the “four aces” on the pitching staff, they bragged about Jimmy Rollins (who I still think takes weeks (and months off), and they thought they deserved a world title for just showing up.
A crushing defeat has ended the Phillies season, well short of the World Series. The St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the Phils 1-0 in last night’s winner-take-all contest.
For the Phillies, Red October lasted only one week. The Cardinals made a first-inning run stand up, in what for Phillies fans was an exasperating 1-0 loss. The Phils’ bats fell silent again, and with all of the high expectations of this season, fans are left searching for answers.
The media in this town fellates this team. The anchors dress in Phillies shirts, trying to convince us that they’re “real fans.” Stop it. And while we’re at it, stop with the “Red October” nonsense. It’s tacky to name a playoff run after a bloody Russian revolution.
The best advice I can offer Phillies fans is this: be realistic. I’m a Yankees fan, and I knew they weren’t getting out of the first round. I’m a huge Flyers fan, and while I think they’re going to be great this year, I’m not telling people they’re going 82-0. If you’re realistic in your assessments, you come off as slightly less obnoxious. Telling people you’re going to win the World Series in April makes you look like a jackass. /rant.