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It’s OK Philly fans. Even if your team loses, you’ll get used to it

Oct 21, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

Just embrace it. I did years ago.  There’s no shame at all in making the studied, counter-intuitive argument that your team is the best even if it somehow fails to do what’s expected of it given the talent level.  Just be steadfast in your belief that division titles are a better test of a baseball team’s mettle. Be unbending when you tell people that “anything can happen in a short series” and that “the playoffs are a crapshoot.”

People may mock you. People may doubt you and say silly things like “only championships matter.” But as long as you still believe it, you’ll be just fine with it.


  1. Kevin S. - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Actually, I’ll pre-emptively defend the idea that, regardless of what happens in the rest of this series, the Phillies were clearly the best team in the NL, and one of the best three or four teams in baseball this season, even in their injury-addled state for much of the summer. The regular season more or less establishes who the best teams are. The playoffs are high on drama precisely because the best team often doesn’t win. Seven games don’t prove the Giants are better than the Phillies or the Rangers are better than the Yankees any more than five games proved the Rangers are better than the Rays or the Yankees are significantly better than the Twins. Weird shit happens in a short series. That’s why only two of the five 110-win teams in MLB history have won the World Series. It doesn’t mean the ’06 Cubs or the ’54 Indians or the ’01 Mariners weren’t actually among the very best teams of all time. They just ran into teams who were pretty good in their own right who came out on top over the course of a short series.

    • tomemos - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

      Giants fan here agreeing with this. And I’m fine with it.

  2. mcsnide - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Craig, I hate it when you leave your computer unlocked for lunch and Billy Beane writes the posts.

  3. bradlidgesmole - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    I know that when the Oswalt trade happened I was put in a better state of mind about this team. I thought to myself, “You know, Mole, if they don’t win it all this year at least we are lined up to make a very good run at it next year, only to have our bats fail us again.” And that is what i am sticking with.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Craig, please tell me that masterful artwork is your doing.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM

      Yes, it was. Never had one lesson! You can hardly tell, can you!

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

        You are a man of many talents. Now if you can figure out a way to actually make them all Braves, I will buy you a coke.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:35 PM

        Craig, you couldn’t find NAVY blue??? That looks more like KC or LA colors with an A on it. I know, you’re still trying to find your inner Davinci still. Well it would be easier if you weren’t color blind, that’s all…

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Everyone’s a critic. Don’t you understand that I spent upwards of a minute on this? Maybe even two!


  6. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    You won’t be hearing any of that nonsense coming from me. I know you are being sarcastic, but championships ARE all that matters. That’s why John Stockton and Karl Malone are Hall of Famers, but not immortals. If the Phillies don’t come back in this series, the season will have been a COLOSSAL FAILURE any way you want to look at it. Last year, the Phillies didn’t have the pitching to compete with the Yankers. This year…no excuses. If Timmy boy pitches a gem tonight and shuts down the Phillies hitters, it will go down as a failed season. This team is built to win championships, not NL Least titles.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

      That’s 2 consecutive days that I’ve agreed with you.

      • Gobias Industries - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:29 PM

        Uh oh. You’re not obligated to pop a cyanide pill on the third day, are you?

        But seriously, I might just have to stop reading the comments if Chris continues to make sense.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:02 PM

        I’ll try my best not to make sense tomorrow so we don’t lose your valuable contributions to the comment section. Same with you, Pedro. This one is you, of course

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:22 PM

        Thanks Fiorentino. I may have to use that image in my profile (seriously). So with that, I say cheers to nonsense, argument for the sake of argument, profanity, name-calling and just ranting in general. I hope we make HBT proud or, at the very least, extremely uncomfortable.

  7. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Ha!! Well it’s good thing we’re dealing with someone who takes criticism fairly well then. Hey it’s fine as long as you don’t claim to be a graphic artist. You know, I’ve been wondering what all these wacky posters look like lately, and I think I have a good idea of what everyone looks like.

    I’ll begin with Mr. Jason “El Bravo” Heyward

    Yes he is a bastard who loves when Philly fans “act up” So what better way to help their image????

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

      Bigger package, but close.

  8. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Chris F. With his hero “wild thing” Last week……..

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

      No, sir. This is CF:

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:31 PM

        LMAO!!!!! too good. Ya know, i hope he doesn’t take it to heart. He’s alright by me. A little sensitive though….

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:17 PM

        True. CF, you’re alright by me too. It is all in good fun and I’m just trying to entertain myself and anyone else who needs it. That said, I look forward to our next disagreement.

  9. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    BC!!! in da house!!! He’s the one to the left. Don’t ask how i know.

  10. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Kevin S calculating the chances of getting a good hot dog in september, on a thursday in NYC while raining.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

      Damn, that’s good.

  11. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Yankees fan Len,

  12. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    damn, work to do.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

      No way dude, you have to put up Gator’s pic. Then and only then are you allowed to get back to real work.

  13. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Utley’s Hair!!!

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:43 PM

      Damn…the jig is up. Maybe I should change my name to JDub’s Beard Lice or something.

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:47 PM

      Is it wrong to have a man crush on yourself?

  14. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM


    Now can I work?

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

      Yes, back to work! Craig will have to verify the Gator since I believe they’ve met outside the interwebs before or perhaps I’m hallucinating again.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

        That is true. And while it doesn’t capture Gator perfectly, the essence is there.

    • Gobias Industries - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM

      Well done! Those were entertaining.

  15. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Craig before i saw HBT daily.

  16. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Craig after I saw HBT Daily and his Captive “host”

    • Gobias Industries - Oct 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM

      This is how I picture Craig after his photoshop masterpiece above:

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:08 PM

        If he were to grow a beard and remove the glasses, we might just have a dead ringer here. BTW, sell any cornballers lately?

      • Gobias Industries - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:24 PM

        Just in Mexico. Only 1375.99 Pesos if you’re interested.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:44 PM

        Is that about a quarter or something?

  17. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    And of course myself. I am the “Pope of hope” right now.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:19 PM


  18. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Shout out to J5 (Jonny 5, not Jurassic 5) for the brilliant commentary and links above. By avoiding your real work you have caused me to avoid real work as well, so thanks?

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM

      Hey man, the mind wanders when work’s slow. But Thanks.

  19. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    I love how all the Giants fans are crawling out from under the rocks they have been living under this year. I wish Craig would write a blog entry talking about how pathetic it is for a guy to sit there all year without saying peep, then when they get up 3-1 in the NLCS, they decide to grow a pair and puff out their chests. All in all, it makes me double my desire to have the Phillies win this series, just so I can come back on here and find the cockroach Giants fans who have come out of the darkness and into the light with their boys up 3-1. If Philly wins tonight, I bet we will see very little of them tomorrow. They will scurry back under their rocks.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:30 PM

      Dude, you better hide if the Phillies lose. I will be the least of your problems in the HBT-Comment-o-sphere.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM

        If the Phillies lose, I’ll be here bright and early tomorrow posting how wrong I was. I don’t hide from nothing, especially some fans who are going to crawl out of the woodwork if the Giants win. However, if the Phillies win tonight, and lose over the weekend, I won’t be back until Monday. Sorry, I don’t spend A LOT(happy Pedro) of time on here when I am not being paid(re: not at work)

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 4:08 PM

        Same here. I’m not an HBT weekend warrior either so the trash talking will resume Monday. I’m also off tomorrow and will be drunk by 1pm so you (all HBT-comment-o-spherios) get a reprieve from me for 3 days.

        Btw, nice subtle use of the double negative there too, CF. I figured you hid from everything.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

      Chris: From my perspective living near Philly, you could say the same thing about an awful lot of Phils fans ~3 years ago (I’m not pointing a finger at you). There are always bandwagon fans. Consistent winning turns bandwagon fans into more committed fans. Don’t get all holier than thou on the Giants fans for coming out of the woodwork. Just be glad that more people are paying attention to baseball.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM

      Yeah, you boys are probably right. But I’ll be damned if it doesn’t drive me crazy to hear that this is no surprise because the Giants were a better team all year. Uh-huh…if that was the case, then why were the Phillies 3-1 favorites to win the series? I mean, they didn’t build those casinos because they wanted to give money away. The Phillies were also the favorites to win the World Series from the final four…and the Giants were 6-1.

      If these fans were so confident, why aren’t they all millionaires right now? Oh yeah, because the Phillies were a better team all year, were favored to win the series, and the Giants have played slightly better this series. However, if Raul catches that ball in Game 1, and Ruiz doesn’t run into an out last night, we might be looking at a 3-1 series the other way. The only game the Giants truly dominated was game 3 and the Phillies dominated game 2. Giants won both close games 1 and 4. Good for them. But let’s not act like the Giants have completely dominated the Phillies this entire series because they have not.

  20. schmedley69 - Oct 21, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    The Phillies are choking, plain and simple. It’s hard to swing a bat when you have one hand wrapped around your throat. Looks like the disease is spreading to Roy Halladay as well. Paging Dr, Heimlich, Paging Dr. Heimlich.

    • schmedley69 - Oct 21, 2010 at 11:13 PM

      Well, feeling pretty stupid right now. That’s more like it, Phils!!!!

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