Sunday marked the final game of the 2013 season for the Phillies. For fans, it marked the end to a more than forgettable season.
For me, Sunday was a bittersweet day. I was not surprised by the result and yes, had grown tired of the same old same as the Phillies dropped to 73-89 to end the 162-game campaign.
Yet Sunday also started with not so much excitement, but reflection. I sat down prepared to watch. It’s what you do especially when you know there will be no more Phillies baseball for another five months.
It may have been a forgettable season, but it was still one final chance to watch.
I find it interesting how the final game brought about such emotion. This team, by record, was worse than the 2012 team. They finished with half of the minor-league roster in the starting lineup. Unless they stay healthy, the Phillies don’t have much of a chance in 2014 either, unless they make some serious moves.
Regardless, if you love the game and you love the team, you can’t help but find this day to be sad. It is not about realizing that there is nothing more for 2013. It is more about how the day has finally come where there is no tomorrow.
The start of 2014 will bring renewed optimism. Regardless of whether or not the Phillies make moves, sign new players, make a big offseason trade, whatever happens will bring excitement. It will give people a chance to hope again.
They may not have high expectations, but they give people high hopes.
So after a grueling 2013 season, here’s to a year to remember and forget. And here’s to next season, as we patiently await the start of 2014 in February.