Ouch--my balls!

Two games, two extra-inning losses, and I remember why I hate this team every bit as much as I love them. You couldn't design two games more likely to kill any excitement or enthusiasm than these two, against the detested Braves no less.

My big criticism of the Phillies last year was that they played hard, but they played dumb. The base running antics of the 8th inning Wednesday night almost felt like the team was responding to a challenge to play harder, and dumber.

I know it's a long season and there will be plenty of good with the bad. But damn, would it be so freakin' awful if we got off to a heartening start just once?