We are here, on the eve of 2020. While much of the Philadelphia sports world has been reminiscing in the form of top 10 moments (check out the Top 10 sports moments of the decade on 973espn) I thought I might go in a different direction. The 2010s started out on top for the Phillies, but for the most part have been disappointing.
Since making the playoffs in 2011 with the best record in franchise history, the Phillies have missed the eight years since. Things are more promising moving forward, but for now, here are the 10 worst Phillies moments of the decade.
10. Phillies Sign Jonathan Papelbon to a Four-Year, $50 million contract
The performance in terms of baseball was not the problem with this deal. Papelbon became the game's top-paid closer in baseball history at the time (Mariano Rivera would soon pick up that distinction). Papelbon never seemed to connect with the fans.
"I didn't come here for this", Papelbon notoriously said one day in 2013, as the Phillies were in the midst of a second mediocre year in a row. The fans were not paying for mediocrity either, but the statement rubbed fans the wrong way.
Papelbon's tenure just under a year after being suspended seven games for a gesture he called an "adjustment". Papelbon somehow was traded in 2015 to the Washington Nationals for an actual prospect (Nick Pivetta). In Washington he infamously choked Bryce Harper in a dugout altercation.