Reminds me of Charlie Brown...and Lucy.
Several times over the years Lucy has embarrassed her devoted but naive friend, Charlie Brown, by yanking away the football. You've undoubtedly seen this episode.
Chuck is lining up a placekick and Lucy, the holder, promises him that, this time, she won't pull the ball away just as he takes a mighty leg thrust toward the pigskin.
But, each time, Lucy yanks the football away and Charlie Brown goes flying into a nasty fall.
Could the late Charles Schultz have been a Phillies' fan?
At the beach job in Cape May we had a superb handyman named Mario. He could fix anything. But he also had an interesting sense of humor.
Mario would tie a dollar bill to a fishing line, clear fishing line that you couldn't see from a distance. He'd leave George Washington lying on a busy pavement with the fishing line carefully attached and leading to a strategic spot behind a closed door.
Mario watched through a window as hapless passers-by bent to retrieve the dollar only to have our villain yank the money away at the last moment.
It was perfect Candid Camera material and also reminiscent of being a Phillies' fan. The Phils tease you, tempt you, call you back after you've been made a fool.
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Well, many of us have been fooled a lot more than twice by this franchise.
Despite the dubious distinction of being the losing professional sports franchise in the history of the four major sports, Philadelphia fans still support their team, especially when they display a glimmer of hope.
Last weekend, with the big budget Mets on the schedule, the hot Phillies traveled to Shea intent on proving themselves worthy wild card competitors. They'd shown signs of life lately on the heels of the salary dump trade that sent Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to the Bronx in exchange for four guys you may never hear much about.
The Phils seemed invigorated. Even Charlie Manual's media conversations seemed clearer. And in game one, the trickery continued as Philadelphia stunned New York, 5-3, behind some juice by rising star Ryan Howard and the re-born David Dellucci.
Dellucci, by the way, deserves a long look for the rest of this season. The man appears to have a great bat and decent outfield skills.
Anyway, Saturday's game saw Howard launch another bomb and the visitors ahead, 3-1, late. Phillies' starter Jon Lieber was mowing down the Mets until he threw a simple play away for an error. That mistake seemed to open the floodgates and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Sunday night's contest was never really close as the New Yorkers pulled away and coasted in.
So is it time to pack in any wild card hopes? Are we mentally exhausted from the highs and mostly lows of another Phillies' summer?
It's obvious that the future of the team is Howard and Chase Utley. If Brett Myers is truly forgiven and can keep out of trouble and under 250 pounds, he may be the anchor to the future starting rotation.
Jimmy Rollins should be in that permanent solution, as well.
As for subtraction, it's tough to watch Pat Burrell these days. It's likely that all of the media scrutiny has helped his game take a nosedive. He doesn't appear gifted at dealing with the press and in this area, that's a death sentence.
If the team can find a starting catcher and/or third baseman, the offense should be fine. Shane Victorino is a speedy outfielder with a cannon for an arm. Aaron Rowand isn't a spectacular hitter but he has guts and brings intangibles to the line-up.
It'll naturally come down to pitching. There are young arms to be evaluated and that's the best thing to say about the rest of this season. Get a good look at what the team has and then focus on filling needs.
We've had the rug pulled out many times but we'll be back ready to kick that ball if we see a glimmer of hope. We bend for the dollar bill because we don't know any better.
We're starving for a contender. Something to get excited about. Maybe next year.