I was in the car on Monday, listening to WIP callers lose their minds over the Eagles loss to the Giants, and I got to thinking about the Phillies.
While watching Atlanta Braves fans barely show up for the most important series of their team’s season, and just barely care as it slipped away, I got to thinking about them again.
I know, this is just about the worst time to write this, but I can’t get it out of my head. How will Philadelphia react if the Phillies don’t bring home another World Series title in the next couple of years?
It’s possible that the town that said they’d take a decade of last-place finishes in exchange for a title has gotten a little bit greedy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Though Braves fans do have one World Series title in the last 20 years, their story reminds me a lot of the Eagles. Year after year, competitive. More than competitive, favorites to win it all, and falling just short. It can wear on you.
Could it happen to the Phillies?
At one time, when the Phillies were bad, it was met with fan apathy. People just didn’t show up. You remember those games at the Vet. The empty seats were many. The fans just didn’t care. You know how you’ve felt about the Sixers the last several years? It was like that.
But expectations change things. Winning that World Series in ’08, trading for Roy Halladay, Hunter Pence and Roy Oswalt, signing Cliff Lee, it ups the ante. Thinking to yourself, “man 2008 was fun,” won’t last forever. I don’t think fan apathy is in the cards for the Phillies any time soon.
And then there’s the case of Ruben Amaro. He’s done an amazing job of aquiring talent, and putting together a team who has had the best record in baseball for two years and won five straight division titles. He does have a tendency to be kind of smug though.
You know all of those things that Andy Reid and Joe Banner do that drive you nuts? Telling you one thing when you know they mean another. Not being forthcoming about the team’s intentions. That condescending “I know better than you” tone. Amaro does all of those things. They’re all awesome and fun to joke about when the team’s winning. But if they don’t? As they say, it’s a thin line between love and hate.
Winning the World Series this year or next (or both), makes all of this moot. Then the discussion is “where amongst baseball dynasties to we put these Philles?”
But if they don’t, I don’t know. I could conceive of anger and sports talk phone lines filled with vitriol (you may know it as passion).
So what do you think? Could Philly turn on the Phillies?