The Philadelphia Phillies won their second-ever World Series championship on October 29, 2008. A certain segment of the fan base has come to believe that the organization's decline began exactly five days later.
Brad Lidge struck out Tampa Bay Rays pinch hitter Eric Hinske at the end of Game 5 (Part 2) of the Fall Classic. Two days later an indelible parade glided above the streets of Philadelphia. All well-known boo-birds had flown away in order to allow the victors to be guided toward Citizens Bank, with only cheers heard along the way.
Some of the most exhilarating moments in all of red pinstriped history took place during that now-fabled season. October's perfect score bore numerous masterpieces, finally ending in a red and white crescendo on Halloween day.
It's been nearly five years since that history was digitally recorded. Some, speaking with a strong tinge of emotion, believe that exact post-World Series victory day can be marked as the end of it all.
Subjectivity is the basis of most debates. Until fortunes turn, it will be hard (or even wrong) to logically counter every rolling rattle's call.