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This GIF Pretty Much Sums Up Monday’s Phillies Meltdown

Jun 25, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

Cliff Lee was looking like Cliff Lee. The throngs of Philadelphia Phillies fans in San Diego were feeling good after eight shutout innings and a three run lead. Then Charlie Manuel made the questionable decision to send Lee out for the ninth despite the pitch count of 109. Then Lee allowed the first two runners to reach base. Then Jonathan Papelbon came in and allowed a 2-RBI hit and then Chooch allowed a passed ball (video) and that nice and warm happy feeling turned to terror.

Watch the fan in the top left go from thinking Papelbon got a strike to realizing it was a passed ball that would allow the Padres to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

“Oh no,” is right


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Papelbon blew his fourth save in his last five attempts. Shit happens, I guess, as Jonathan Papelbon would say following the game.

He isn’t wrong, you know. This is the 2013 Phillies.

Here’s the walkoff winner for the Padres if you want to really hate life this morning:

  1. _G_Stevens - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    To get technical, it’s a “passed ball”.

  2. Enrico Campitelli Jr. - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Yeah, total brain fart there.

  3. BenE. - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Papelbon really doesn’t want to be traded. The bad news, the Phillies are worse than the Padres. The good news, we’re one day closer to the July fire sale.

    • IlliniGlory - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I’m sorry, if they trade Lee, I don’t think I’ll ever forgive Amaro. Trading Lee signals you’re throwing in the towel not only on this year, but you’re putting a winning mentality on hold for the next 2-3 years. With Lee and Hamels at the top of this rotation, there’s no reason that you can’t sell off some other parts (I’m fine with Pap hitting the road) and build around guys like Dom, Revere in the field.

      Trade Lee and I’ll never forgive Amaro.

      • Cheese - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Depends on what they get for him. Lee’s the best starting pitcher on the trade market right now if the Phillies decide to sell. Teams like Detroit, Texas, Boston, St. Louis, New York would all leap at the chance to go after him and everyone knows that the Phillies farm system is average at best. If he could command two near-ready to play youngsters and a draft pick, that may be pretty enticing.

        Lee’s not going to a championship here. And if he’s the best bargaining chip on the table, then it’s time to cash in.

      • IlliniGlory - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Maybe it’s just me personally, but I’d rather have (IMHO) the #1 pitcher in the NL on my roster than 2 unproven minor league prospects who haven’t done anything to-date in the majors and a draft pick that’s a complete wild card (and most likely will amount to nothing).

      • BenE. - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        There’s a case to be made for not trading Lee, IG.

        On the other hand, we are, in all likelihood, going to have to resign ourselves to having a losing ball club for 2-3 years anyway. So why not trade the best pitcher available this summer to help rebuild? The Orioles desperately need pitching. They’d be 4th place if not for their incredible offense. Perhaps they’d swing us their best 3B prospect, Nick Delmonico, who is effectively blocked by Manny Machado now, in exchange for Lee. Or maybe OF prospect LJ Hoes instead. Or maybe the Tigers would swing us Nick Castellanos, who is blocked by Miggy. There are definitely hopeful options.

        Of course, if Ruben isn’t gonna man up and demand another team’s top prospect, then I’d rather keep him. Don’t trade Lee just to trade him, like Ruben did in 2009.

      • Hiccup - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        …”build around Revere…”

      • Von9 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        I think he meant “build a moat around Revere”.

  4. V02 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    The only thing that sucks about this is Pap’s trade value is sinking like a stone. He was perfect, then 4 straight blown saves. Just hope he rebounds in July.

  5. Mike - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    This team is quickly becoming the pre-Gillick Phillies again. They succeeded because they brought in a competent outsider. Now, they are back to the old inhouse losers, like Amaro, that mired this franchise in mediocrity, and worse, for two decades.

    I don’t trust Amaro to make any positive moves.

  6. Andy Schreiber - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I took my son to the game last night. We had fun for the first 8 innings.

    Lee had nothing left. He had been working out of huge jams late in the game and had a pitch count well over 100. But Papelbon has been more than shaky lately, so Charlie tried in vain not to use him.

    Lee didn’t exactly help by putting runners on 2nd & 3rd with NO outs, but sheesh!

    What an ugly loss.

    Can we just get it over with & trade Jimmy, Chooch & the two Youngs?

  7. Wookie Star - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    If you have the canonballs to send Lee up to bat in the 8th, he plays it out, until he loses the game himself.

    Also, they’re going to sell UTZ.

  8. Von9 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I’m looking at the bright side right now. Maybe The Miami Marlins would be in for Papelbon, to replace Heath Bell as their blown save specialist?


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