Experts believe the Phillies have a better than even shot of going home from the World Series with their hearts broken. If so, a little perspective will be a fan’s best friend.
I was an avid card collector in the late '80s and early '90s. Rookie cards always received preferential treatment. If the previous season’s stat line was generated in places like Edmonton, Albuquerque or Toledo, the cards were automatically inserted into plastic sleeves. Today, I collect Phillies cards exclusively, but back then, more Phillies flopped around boxes, unprotected, than any other players. Only Ricky Jordan, Chuck McElroy, Ron Jones and Pat Combs were given VIP accommodations. And it’s a good thing. Today, their mint condition is worth a fortune in terms of placing this current group in the proper perspective. No one argues that the Phillies are tough, but more people believe the Yankees are tougher. The two sides are supplied seven games to settle it, and should the Phils fall, as many expect, fans better prepare for the punched-in-the-gut feeling they’ve avoided for two, maybe even three seasons. Better open the wallet and swap out that Capital BlueCross card for a 1990 Jeff Jackson, just in case.