Stood in firelight, sweltering. Ketchup stain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what fans know that makes them scream like idiots in night. Looked at sky through smoke heavy with barbecue fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else. Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who beats the Phillies. Not fate that bludgeons them or destiny that keeps them to five hits or less. It’s us. Only us. Park stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world. Was Phanatic. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
One word for Phillies fans: Patience
Phil Sheridan gives us all some perspective.
Phillies activate 2B Utley from disabled list
And there was much rejoicing.
Rehabilitated - Brotherly Glove
Corey Seidman puts Chase Utley's injury and return in context. Replacing one of the worst offensive outputs by position with one of the best. Should be a huge difference.
Utley's return makes Phillies East favorites - SweetSpot Blog
Jason Heyward Placed On DL, Chase Utley Activated From DL - FakeTeams
Like two awesome ships passing in the night.
Lidge: Madson is NL's best closer right now
Brad Lidge said this.
Madson unavailable Sunday, says he's fine
"Soreness" is something of a delicate word for Phillies fans in 2011. Remember "body soreness" from February?
Bolstered Phillies await reeling Reds
Please, keep reeling!
Phillies sign Podsednik to minor-league deal
Why the hell not?
Phillies give Brown chance in two-hole
Ellis: Looking Behind The City Of Brother-Lee Love
tl; dr - Sports fans are fickle jerks.
Philadelphia Phillies reliever Michael Stutes takes unexpected path to Major Leagues | OregonLive.com
AGGHH! INVERTED "W"!
Man Arrested in Beating of Giants Fan
F***in' A! Good!
Richmond downs R-Phils
J.C. Ramirez (5-3) wound up tossing eight innings for the second straight start, and allowed six hits and three runs while striking out a season-high six batters and walking none.
Overbeck may be better Phillies prospect than Rizzotti
Can Overbeck maybe play left field? Please?
Local Duo Publish Phillies Comic Book
Next comes the post-modern, deconstructionist Watchmen-esque take on the "Dugout Phunnies" Universe. Wherein the Phanatic has OCD, bi-polar disorder.