Monday, October 25, 2010
2010 Chachi #70 NLCS Game 6/Ryan Howard
NLCS Game 6 - Saturday Night, October 23rd in Philadelphia
This one was tough.
I've adopted renowned psychiatrist's Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' five stages of grief model to try to make sense of this loss and to prepare myself for the offseason. In her research, Dr. Kübler-Ross claims these five stages don't necessarily need to occur in order, nor is each stage limited to just one turn. The stages could occur rapid-fire, or one stage could linger longer than another stage. This was helpful to know, as I believe I bounced around between the Shock, Anger, Bargaining and Pain stages several times throughout Game 6. She describes this as a "roller coaster" effect in her research, and my notes below document my progress through the stages.
Wait . . . what? Ryan Howard just struck out looking to end the NLCS? Looking? What do you mean we haven't been able to score since the first inning? Where's the offense? How is it possible that Chase Utley's double in the first inning was the first time the Phillies had a first inning hit all series? How does Jimmy Rollins not score on Howard's double in the fifth? But Ryan Madson has been pitching so well . . . I can't believe he hung that meatball to that meatball. Is it really over?
The Giants are celebrating on our field. Pat Burrell looks as happy as he did when the Phillies won in 2008. This is awful.