Final Score: Phillies 2, Nationals DIVISION CHAMPS
Dame of the Game:
Everyone! Even the ones who had a terrible game which is most of them!
Shame of the Game:
There’s nothing shameful about winning the division. Normally I’d still give this one to the Phillies, but I’m in a good mood.
The conclusion of this game was beautiful. It was the perfectly emotionally satisfying way to finish the Nats divisional quest. I would have it no other way.
Now, some might say that it would have been more satisfying to actually win a game at home to clinch the division. Wrong. That would have been fun but meaningless, just a 97th Curly W in a near-endless tangle of curls and u’s and victory.
This was so much better. This was the Phillies winning a game at Nationals Park and the crowd full of Nats fans cheering. The consummate act of condescension. Each triumphant clap seemed to say “aw, the wittle bittle phiwwies got a win. How cute! It’s nice that even total failures can have some small victories to keep them from just giving up on existence.” Continue reading