The one thing you quickly learn when being a Philly sports fan is that we truly can't have nice things. And for the most part, it's our own fault. Because the media in this city thrives on controversy. They wake up every morning and head straight to the kitchen to whip up a nice batch of chaos. I'm convinced that nobody hate Philly sports more than Philly sports media.
So last night the Phillies are down a run in the top of the 9th against the Nationals, when all of a sudden a praying mantis appears on the hat of Victor Robles. And just like that...
The Rally Mantis saved the Phillies' season from the brink of disaster. The Mets lost to the Marlins, and not being able to pick up a game in the standings would have been a massive kick in the dick to this Phillies team. But not on Rally Mantis' watch. He decided it was time to juice up the bats and send the Fightins on a nice little 5-run rally.
So this morning everybody loves the Rally Mantis. He might actually be the most important figure in Philly sports right now. Literally the entire collective hope of this city all rests upon his creepy little shoulders. Which also means that it's only a matter of time before the city turns on him.
I've seen it happen way too damn often here. This city dubs a messiah and then runs them out of town less than 730 days later. Carson Wentz, Ben Simmons. You can go back to Eric Lindros. First they love you, then they hate you. So I just find its best at this point to just get it over with. Preemptively prepare for that transition from love to hate, and that way you don't get your emotions caught up in the process. Thanks for everything, Rally Mantis. But I'd suggest renting in Philadelphia instead of buying.