Be that as it may, there have been some pretty memorable ballgames played on July 4 in recent history.
Here are some of the highlights from the last five decades:
The Phillies beat the Marlins, 1-0, behind a pitching trio of Vance Worley, Mike Stutes and Antonio Bastardo. The offensive fireworks? A single to center in the seventh from Michael Martinez.
Joe Blanton took a two-hitter and a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning against the Pirates at PNC Park only to leave the game trailing by two runs. Blanton didn't do it all by himself. Jose Contreras served up a few extra-base hits in that seventh inning, too.
The Phillies beat the Mets on Shane Victorino's walk-off single. It came after Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell struck out to start the inning against Duaner Sanchez. Six pitches later, Pedro Feliz had doubled and scored on Victorino's hit.
Aaron Rowand had a walk-off hit against the Padres in 2006. Ryan Howard started the ninth with a single and moved to second when Burrell hit a dribbler in front of the plate. On the seventh pitch from Cla Meredith, Roward hit one to the wall in right to win it.
Kevin Millwood was pitching a one-hitter through seven innings and 77 pitches against the Marlins at The Vet in 2003 and got a no-decision for it. Trailing by a run after Juan Pierre walked, moved up on a bunt, a steal of third and a ground out, Millwood came out for a pinch-hitter. The Phillies tied it in the eighth on a fielder's choice only to lose the lead in the ninth when Jose Mesa gave up a two-out hit to Derrek Lee.
Mesa had bad luck on July 4 in 2002, too. In to close out a 1-0 gem from Vicente Padilla, Mesa gave up a two-out homer to Brad WIlkerson to lose it. Just 12,3030 turned out to The Vet that day.
Curt Schilling struck out 13 without a walk in seven innings for a win over the Cubs in 1999 and Desi Relaford hit a walk-off single to send home Kevin Sefcik to beat the Brewers in 1998. The Cubs' Ryne Sandberg went 3 for 5 with a homer and a double to get a win for Terry Mulholland and Kent Bottenfield at The Vet in '97.
Mulholland had a complete-game, 3-2 win for the Phillies at Dodger Stadium in 1992, getting the runs on a homer from John Kruk off Tom Candiotti. That was Mulholland's second straight July 4 complete game, following a 12-strikeout gem to beat the Cardinals in 1991.
Mulholland, of course, pitched the first no-hitter at The Vet in '91. However, the Reds' Tom Browning almost beat him to it on July 4, 1989 when he took a perfect game into the ninth inning. Just three outs away from becoming the first (and only) player to pitch two perfect games, Dickie Thon ruined it with a double to lead off the inning. Thon scored on Steve Jeltz's one-out single to chase Browning out of the game. From there, closer John Franco needed two pitches to get Lenny Dykstra to hit into a game-ending double play.
He wasn't perfect, but Tom Browning had a no-hitter going with two outs in the seventh. Von Hayes singled to break it up and Gary Redus chased Browning in the eighth with a double. It didn't matter though. Eric Davis homered off Kevin Gross and the Reds won, 4-1.
Gross scattered three hits in a complete-game victory against the Reds at The Vet in '85. The Phillies won 3-1 and got all of their runs on solo homers from Von Hayes, Juan Samuel and Ozzie Virgil.
On the list of bad ways to lose, it's tough to beat the July 4, 1984 defeat to the Reds. That's when closer Al Holland, in his third inning of work, balked home the winning run in the 10th inning. Steve Carlton had a three-run lead after seven innings, but Cesar Cedeno's second homer of the game in the eighth sent it to extra innings.
Carlton didn't leave anything to chance against the Mets at The Vet, allowing just four hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in a 4-0 victory. Interestingly, Carlton got his 18th decision in 19 starts in the game, picked up his 294th win and did it all in two hours and two minutes.
The Phillies swept a doubleheader at Shea Stadium with a pair of complete games. Carlton scattered 11 hits with 13 strikeouts in a 9-7 victory in the opener while Mike Krukow held the Mets to just nine hits in a 7-2 win in the nightcap. At the plate, catcher Bo Diaz worked both ends of the doubleheader and went 6 for 10 with five singles and a double.
The Cardinals got the only run of the game in the bottom of the 10th on a one-out homer from George Hendrick off Kevin Saucier. Bob Sykes pitched all 10 innings for the Cards, allowing eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Nino Espinosa allowed just two hits and a walk (no strikeouts) in eight innings before turning it over to Saucier in the ninth. Offensively, the Phillies stranded nine runners and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Carlton took a no-hitter into the seventh, but lost it on Elliott Maddox's double. By then, however, Carlton had all the runs he needed thanks to his double and an RBI from Bake McBride. Carlton didn't walk any hitters and had nine strikeouts and with no pitching changes (Andy Hassler went the distance for the Mets), the game was played in one hour, fifty-one minutes.
Another holiday doubleheader at Shea Stadium. This one ended in a split with the Mets taking the opener, 4-0, on Pat Zachry's two-hitter. Zachry took a no-hitter into the seventh, but neither team could score until the bottom of the eighth. That's where Lee Mazzilli hit a two-out grand slam off Larry Christenson.
Jose Cardenal hit a two-run pinch homer in the ninth to win it for the Phillies, 3-2, in the nightcap. Jim Lonborg, Rawly Eastwick and Ron Reed pitched well, but not before Mazzilli homered in the first inning.
With the Bicentennial celebration in full blast in Philadelphia, the Phillies played a doubleheader against the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. And the day began with one of the oddest moments in baseball history.
With one out in the second inning, Tim McCarver hit what appeared to be a grand slam. However, in his exuberance, McCarver passed Garry Maddox on the base paths between first and second base. As a result, McCarver was ruled out and credited with a three-run single.
How rare was this? There have been just two other grand slam singles in baseball history. The first was in 1970 when the Tigers' Dalton Jones passed teammate Don Wert, and the other came in the 15th inning of Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS. Robin Ventura hit a walk-off grand slam only his teammates rushed the field before he could circle the bases. In this instance, Ventura got a single and one RBI.