The Philadelphia Phillies have some of the most passionate fans in all of the professional sports, but they have suffered through some of the worst losses they could possibly handle.
The oldest major professional sports franchise that’s kept the same name in a single city has its fair share of cherished memories. Their World Series wins in 1980 and 2008 will live forever in the hearts of Philadelphians. However, the Phillies were also the first professional sports franchises to lose over 10,000 games. Some losses have been much tougher to handle than others.
Phillies Playoff Disappointments
The Fightin Phils don’t have the rich tradition of playoff success at the same level as the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ve had two eras of sustained success in the top tier of the major leagues. Each resulted in one World Championship.
However, the late 1970s and early 1980s came with pain surrounding the triumphant victory of Mike Schmidt and the Phillies in 1980.
The 2008 World Series snapped a 25-year championship drought in Philadelphia sports. It also came toward the beginning of their run of dominance from 2007-2011. Teams with more talented rosters than the 2008 team broke the hearts of Phillies fans with playoff letdowns in the ensuing seasons.
While the early 2020s reignited a fan base starved for postseason baseball, the 2022 and 2023 seasons fell short of the ultimate goal.
Worst Phillies Losses
Outside of playoff exits, Phillies fans have also suffered through their fair share of regular-season heartbreakers. The late 1990s and the early 2000s came with unfulfilled hope. This is also the same franchise that owns arguably the biggest collapse in MLB history.
Do regular-season letdowns compare to devastation in the postseason? How do the worst losses in the history of the Phillies stack up?