While the past three weeks for the Mets were a gag-job of the highest order (well, second highest
), we're only going to hear about it for the rest of our god damn lives if the Phillies make some noise in the playoffs. Specifically, I will never hear the end of this if the Phillies end up playing in -- not even necessarily winning
, but even just playing in
-- the World Series.
If the Phillies get beat by the Rockies, the collapse of the 2007 Mets will be one of those "hey, remember when this
happened?" interest stories, but we won't need to hear about it every fucking year. But if the Phillies make it past the Kid Rocks, and win the NLCS to play in the World Series, the Mets won't live it down for 50 years.
See, the most famous
collapse of all time culminated in Bobby Thompson's "Shot Hear 'Round the World
," when the Giants came back from a 13.5 game defecit to beat the Dodgers for the NL pennant. What most people forget is that the Giants went on to lose the World Series to the Yankees in six games. This was back in the day when there weren't three rounds of playoffs; the team with the best record in each league went straight to the World Series.
What makes it famous, and why people still talk about it 56 years later
is that there was a lot on the line -- a trip to the Series. Mathematically a greater collapse (greatest of all time, according to these guys
) was the Angels in 1995. But nobody ever talks about it because the two teams to whom the Angels lost a potential playoff spot, the Yanks* and Mariners, ended up losing in the playoffs before they could get to the Series.
So, go Rockies
! The sooner the Phillies are out of the playoffs, the sooner we can all start to pretend the last three weeks never happened.***1995 Wildcard**Just like the 2002 AFC Championship Game, which never fucking happened. You get me, chief?
Labels: NL East, Playoffs