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Phillies 11 year playoff drought is over

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Philadelphia Phillies clinched a Wild Card berth with a win on Monday night. The last time the Phillies clinched a postseason berth was Sept. 14, 2011. They had just defeated the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

11 years, 132 months, 577 weeks, 4,037 days, and seven losing seasons later, the Phillies are back in the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Phillies  weren’t supposed to get here after a 21-29 start under Manager Joe Girardi. Interim manager Rob Thomson took over and guided them to a postseason berth.

It has not been an easy season for the Phillies. They had a managerial change after 50 games and lost their top player, reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper, for 52 games due to injury. It has been a really bumpy ride to get here, but the Phillies players are confident heading into the postseason.

In the victorious clubhouse, Thomson gave his team a quick speech before champagne flew.

“We’re not done,” he told his team. “After Wednesday, we’ve got 13 more wins and we’re world champions. “Congratulations, enjoy this, you’ve earned it.”

Photo Kyle Schwarber hit a pair of home runs in the Phillies playoff-clinching win. This is how he celebrated in the clubhouse after the game. Photo courtsey of Yong Kim / Staff Photographer- Philadelphia Inquirer

Players and coaches danced and sang as champagne was flowing. Bryce Harper said, “When I signed here in ’19, I said it was going to take us a couple of years, three or four or five years, to get to where we needed to be.” “And we’re not where we need to be right now, but this is step one to hopefully greater success and a greater opportunity to get to where we need to be.”

Philadelphia’s postseason drought was the longest active one in the majors after the Seattle Mariners clinched their first playoff berth in 21 years Friday night. Now that the Phillies have clinched, all 12 playoff spots are set, with the exact matchups to be determined in the next two days.

This Phillies team has had it’s ups and downs this year. They have battled through many injuries, and at times, inconsistent hitting and pitching, to attain their postseason berth. They may have their flaws and inconsistencies, but a whole new season begans Friday and anything can happen in the postseason.

The Phillies celebrate after they got the final out to beat the Astros and clinch a wild-card spot. Photo courtsey of Yong Kim / Staff Photographer- Philadelphia Inquirer

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Tony Ghaul