Take a walk down memory lane to a place that was happier, to a land where our Phillies frolicked in playoffville. That's right I'm taking you back to '93. 1993 was a magical year. Sure the Phillies fell short of the ultimate goal of winning the World Series, but at least they got to the World Series. Many fans remember names like Daulton, Dykstra, Kruk, Schilling, Mullholand, Stocker, etc. However, there were some key contributors that fail to be recognized.
Jose DeLeon and Roger Mason both pitched 40+ innings in the bullpen that season and should be applauded for their efforts. That's not all they had going for them either, as each was a Phucco...gotta love those Pitt/Philly players! The biggest omission from celebratory memories was short-stop Juan Bell. Juan Bell wasn't around to celebrate the clinching of the NL pennant, and for good reason...he sucked! In fact he sucked so bad that the Phillies got rid of him after the first couple months and brought up the young and unproven Kevin Stocker. Kevin Stocker ended up being the missing link and became a vital member of the Phils playoff push. Stocker later brought us Bobby Abreu...stupid Devil Rays! So, Juan Bell should be held in high esteem in the city of Philly...his departure lead to many good things.
This current season is screwing with our minds and hearts as we are living and dying with every pitch and every swing of the bat. If the Phillies do obtain the Wild Card they will have unsung heros like Geoff Geary, Alex Gonzalez, and David Bell to thank. Of course I mention Geary because he's undervalued. Where would the bullpen be without him? But Gonzalez and Bell you ask. Yep, those two sucked respectively in their own way before leaving the Phils (Gonzalez via retirement, Bell via best trade ever!), but the emphasis being on that they left. To think we could be suffering through a player batting around .200 right now playing 3rd if Gonzalez wouldn't have decided to call it quits. Wait, what the hell, we do have a guy hovering around .200 playing 3rd...dammit! Anyway, the single most momentous thing that happened this season was purging of David "H-Mo" Bell, the '93 team had to shed a Bell to make the playoffs, so maybe it'll work for the '06 team too. So, although we haven't gotten the Wild Card yet, I'm sure there will be plenty of fond memories from this year's squad too. And for these last 3 games have fun with all that stress and anxiety...ain't it soothing?