Sunday, October 24, 2010

Phillies lose, city destroyed?

Be careful if you are traveling through the Philadelphia metro area today, according to Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez, when Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was frozen by Giants closer Brian Wilson on a called strike 3 last night, it was akin to the 1906 earthquake that destroyed most of San Francisco.

In April 1906, a powerful earthquake devastated the Bay Area, reducing much of San Francisco to rubble. The fires that broke out as a result might have been even more devastating. The inferno raged for days and burned through huge sections of the city. When it was over, the town was a charred, smoldering mess - a blackened patch of scorched earth that left the survivors shocked and shattered as they tried to figure out what happened and how to move forward.

More than a century later, the Phillies and their fans are experiencing their own unexpected disaster. The plans for a third straight trip to the World Series, along with the hope of hosting another Broad Street parade, abruptly went up in flames on Saturday night. Philadelphia's dreams were torched and turned to ashes when, once more, the Phillies failed to extinguish the inexplicably hot Giants. Philadelphia lost Game 6, 3-2, thanks in large part to Juan Uribe, who hit a soul-crushing eighth-inning home run into the right field stands to secure the National League Championship for the Giants.

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