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A toast to the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies

Mike Oz
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Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the Philadelphia Phillies.

On May 17, the Philadelphia Phillies were 3 1/2 games back in the NL East and it looked like some of the pundits who believed in the Phillies this season might be right. Maybe they would challenge for the NL East crown. Nope. They've gone 44-51 since June 1 and fell further and further back in the standings.

Now that the Phillies (70-80) are officially eliminated, let's toast to their subpar year. To the Phillies, for making the Yankees look really good as far as old, injured, expensive teams go. To the Phillies, for giving us the excitement of firing a manager this season. To the Phillies, for what looks like it will be your first sub-.500 season since 2002. Don't be sad. It was bound to happen eventually.

To the Phillies and Chase Utley, for making us think things are "Always Sunny" even if they're not. To the Phillies, for letting us marvel at the power of Domonic Brown, the speed of Ben Revere and the Delmon Young-ness of Delmon Young (for a while, at least). And to the Phillies, because, hey, Cliff Lee was still really good.

We're not going to bogart this toast. Here's what the people had to say to the 2013 Phillies:

ALREADY: Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies.

UP NEXT: The San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners have all been eliminated. Send your toasts @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and watch the #MLBToasts hashtag.

Pennant races are here. Spend the stretch run with us.
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