If you’d like a video representation of just how sad the 2013 season was (and who are we kidding, who doesn’t???), then I present into evidence the video below.
Within this video lies the “highlights” of the recently-deceased 2013 season. Yes, there were some fun games and a few moments here and there that made you forget about the drudgery. But for the most part, it was a collection of plays and moments that the years 2007-2011 would slap around and make 2013 call them “Daddy.”
But, in the spirit of joy and happiness, and in trying to salvage something out of the dumpster fire that was the 2013 season, let’s remember the “good” times. Such as they are.
April 14: Roy Halladay Pitches The Last Good Game Of His Career
We start with what was the only really good start Halladay made in 2013, and it is probably the last one of his career. He pitched eight innings against Miami, giving up just one run on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk, lowering his ERA to 7.63. The Phillies scored one run in the top of the 9th to beat the Marlins 2-1. It was also his 200th career victory.
It offered us, however briefly, some hope in Halladay. Sadly, that was the high point of Roy’s season.
:0( Sad face
April 15: Ben Revere Made The Catch
In Cincinnati, Ben Revere did this.
It’s rivaled only by this catch by Tony Barron in 1997, which must have been so painful on the Vet artificial turf, I don’t even want to imagine it.
“May have hurt himself when he hit the turf.”
May 19: Kratz and Galvis Smoke A Cuban
Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis were not two batters you’d think would hit game-tying and game-winning home runs off 100 mph-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman to win a baseball game.
One still has to smile when they see Kratz’ bat flip and Galvis’ child-like smile hopping down the third base line.
May 31: Domonic Brown Owns the Spring
On the final day of May, Brown hit two homers, giving him an insane 12 that month, including a stretch of seven in seven days. He wouldn’t get that hot again the rest of the year, but still finished with 27 in a breakout year for the young corner outfielder.
June 4: John Mayberry’s Good Game
It was the only one he had all year, so let’s make sure it’s noted.
It should be mentioned that, we’re entering the month of June with Phillies highlights without one mention of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. Kind of helps you understand why this team was so bad this year.
Anyway, Mayberry hit a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the 10th and then a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th for a 7-3 win over Miami.
“Even the sun shines on a…”
June 22: Kevin Frandsen Walks Off Against New York:
It’s always sweet to beat the Mets in a walk-off. I guess that’s why they listed this one.
August 12: Charlie Manuel Wins #1000, Nears Getting Fired
It was a good night for Charlie Manuel. He had finally won his 1,000th career game, against the hated divisional rivals, the Braves. But, after losing the next two in Atlanta, Manuel would never get the chance to return home and be welcomed by the Citizens Bank crowd, congratulating him on his accomplishments.
Two days later, Ryne Sandberg became interim manager, and General Manager Ruben Amaro became public enemy #1 for a while.
August 18: Ryno Wins #1, Nears Getting Hired
Conversely, after getting shut out in the first two games of their series against the blazing-hot Dodgers in Philly, the Phils won 3-2 on a walk-off error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez, giving Sandberg the first win of his big league managerial career. Here’s hoping there are a lot more coming.
For the Phillies.
And Ryne Sandberg.
Perhaps I wasn’t being clear.
By the way, the best part of that video was Tom McCarthy extolling the virtues of Michael Young “putting the ball in play,” i.e., a double play grounder right at the shortstop.
Really, the Michael Young era ended way too soon.
August 21-23: Walk-Off Mania
Two walk-offs versus Colorado and a third off Arizona, the last on a walk-off walk (those are the best), all in a row, had fans believing.
Yes, maybe we CAN stay in 3rd place!
September 7: Galvis Hits Walk-off #2 off Freddy Garcia
This marked the notable return of former Phils great Freddy Garcia who, as a gentle reminder, started a do-or-die game for the Atlanta Braves in the Major League playoffs this year. This is a thing that happened.
September 16: Cliff Lee Does It All
Lee pitched eight innings against the Marlins, giving up just two runs with 14 strikeouts, and also provided lots of pop at the plate, going 3 for 4, driving in four runs, including a triple, in a 12-2 win. Lee was damn good this year, finishing with a 2.87 ERA and a league-leading 6.94 K/BB ratio. That he totalled 222 Ks against 32 BBs is flat-out silly.
And… that was it. No clinchings. No Ryan Howard homers. No Jimmy Rollins dazzling defensive plays. Only one Chase Utley highlight (the walk-off walk) and very little else.
Still, those were your “highlights” Phils fans. Drink it in, because that’s all you get until next April.