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Loss number 7,124, June 26, 1971
"We were losing by [seven runs to the Pirates] when a flaky rookie named Roger Freed led off an inning with a hit. When Roger came around to score, he figured he was done for the day. But we nearly batted around in the inning, and Roger was nowhere to be found. Eventually, one of the coaches discovered him in the sauna, where he was trying to lose weight by doing sit-ups as he ate fried chicken."
Loss number 7,206, June 6, 1972
"We had lost 18 of 19 games when the club vice president Bill Giles tried to break the hex by staging Turn It Around Night at Veterans Stadium. Just about everything was backward: Starting lineups were introduced in reverse order, the seventh-inning stretch was held in the third inning, and the national anthem was played after the game [against the Houston Astros] ended. Plus, hex signs were handed out to the first 10,000 fans. Ballplayers abhor being mocked, but this promotion was so whimsical that we embraced it. Our players were horse----, but Turn It Around Night was a blast."
-- Tim McCarver, catcher
Loss number 7,226, July 9, 1972
"Nobody's gonna make a scrapgoat out of me."
-- Frank Lucchesi, manager, after a 26-50 start led to his firing
Losses number 7,619 and 7,620, July�10, 1977