So, Michael Bourn is an All-Star, McCann homered again, Hanson pitched seven good innings, and the Braves beat the Phillies.
Really, I could stop there. Oh, I suppose I could do the contrarian thing of pointing out how ridiculous we all are for complaining all the time during what wound up being a very nice win, but that conversation already happened in the last thread and you all said it better than I could.
Instead, I’ll just point out that the Phillies are the losingest franchise in the recorded history of professional sports across the globe. The franchise’s record is 9274-10341, 1067 games below .500, a career winning percentage of .473.
That’s awful, obviously. But this year, they’re 37-49, a winning percentage of .430, while the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place. You are all aware, of course, that the Pirates have not had a winning season since 1992. In the past 20 years, their franchise record is 1341-1750… which is a winning percentage of .434.
So the Phillies have a worse winning percentage this year than the Pittsburgh Pirates have had since 1993. Oh, and they owe Ryan Howard another $115 million over the next five years.