Just a Number

By Tim Whitaker
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The Phillies--who will register their 10,000th defeat very soon--have already lost more games than any franchise in sports history.

All the 10,000 number does is underscore that fact so the entire world can once again have another hearty guffaw at our losing ways.

"No team has ever stunk so often as the Phillies," chirped The New York Times recently.

"It would take one loss every day for more than 27 years to reach 10,000," twittered an Associated Press story just last week.

Good to know the wire service boneheads can do math. Maybe they can use their arithmetic prowess to get accountant jobs when the newspapers they stuff with their '50s gray goo finally go belly up.

You blame us for feeling a little acidic about all this?

It's one thing for Philadelphians to make big whoopee with this momentous baseball occasion.

We're the ones living the losing life. We'll turn any milestone into a twisted carnival.

But do we really need to be labeled losers by the whole world yet again?

To be the target of another torrent of national headlines zeroing in on our sad-sack sporting legacy?

It sometimes becomes necessary to utter the obvious.

The losing isn't our fault.

Which is not to say it's no one's fault.

The New York Times story pointed out what all Philadelphians know to be the single most important truth to keep in mind when considering all the many losses: i.e., Phillies ownership "were, and are, a constant source of blame."

That fact tends to get buried beneath the usual litany of sorrows and mishaps that need be dutifully cited in any hapless Phillies story:

'64. Bunning and Short. Kiteman. The Wild Thing. Joe Carter et al.

Still, the Times, to its credit, made note.

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