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"The Phillies would win the National League East even though we took only one of the nine games we played at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Two of those losses came during a doubleheader [against the Pirates]. In the clubhouse after closing out both defeats, Tug McGraw announced he had pitched so poorly that he belonged in jail. Then he took a cab to a city jail and asked the desk sergeant to put him behind bars. The cop was happy to, and Tug spent the night in lockup."
-- Jay Johnstone, outfielder
Postseason loss number 13, Oct. 7, 1977
"In the third game of the NLCS we led the Dodgers 5-3 going into the top of the ninth. They had two outs and nobody on base when Vic Davalillo beat out a bunt. Then Manny Mota smacked an 0-2 pitch to Greg Luzinski in left. Ordinarily, Bull would have been lifted for defense. But our manager, Danny Ozark, wanted to keep Bull's bat in the lineup. Luzinski backed up to the wall, got his glove on the ball but couldn't hold it. Davalillo scored, and Mota went to third on a bad relay. The next guy up, Davey Lopes, hit a shot at Mike Schmidt that took a wicked hop and bounced off him toward short, where Larry Bowa barehanded the carom and fired to first. Bowa's throw beat Lopes, but the ump [ Bruce Froemming] called Davey safe, and the score was tied. Not long after that, Lopes scored what proved to be the winning run on Bill Russell's single. Angry as hell, I stormed back to my office, punched the door and broke my hand. It was our only break that day."
-- Bill Giles, team vice president and current team chairman
Losses number 7,779 through 7,783, Aug. 25-29, 1979
"Even Napoleon had his Watergate."
-- Danny Ozark, manager, on getting axed after a five-game skid
Loss number 8,136, Sept. 25, 1984
"At the end of the season I lost three straight, the last on a walk-off homer by Rusty Staub that made him the [second big leaguer after Ty Cobb] to hit one out in his teens and 40s. I drank a lot during that streak, but the disobedient slider Staub hit was the first Rusty nail I ever served."