On January 23, 2007, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins famously proclaimed that Philadelphia was “the team to beat in the NL East.” This was an oft-mocked statement at the time. The Mets had just come within one pitch of reaching the World Series, and the Phillies hadn’t made the playoffs in fourteen years. It was a strange, gutsy thing to say, and most people figured he couldn’t possibly be serious.
After last night’s Philadelphia National League Championship Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rollins's prediction looked pretty wise. In fact, when you compare what has happened to the two franchises since then, it’s even more depressing for Mets fans.
Since January 23, 2007, by the numbers:
World Series Appearances
NL East Titles
Phillies: 7 (and counting)
Phillies: 1 (and counting)