Roxie came home with us July 3. The Phils began that day having lost seven of their last ten games. Tied for first, they were 40-36 with a .513 win percentage. They were in the midst of losing their mojo.
By July 17th here’s what I was writing:
Since her arrival the Phillies have gone 10-1. They’ve even begun to win at home, the low hanging fruit of baseball which had evaded them until Roxie’s arrival.
“Chance,” you might say. “Luck, it’s all just luck.”
I asked Roxie. She totally takes credit… and asked for some Citizens Bank Park crab fries.
It wasn’t all a bed of kibbles. The Phils had some rough patches along the way, but Roxie held tough and the team responded. They ended the season 93-69 for a .574 winning percentage.
Let’s do the math:
pre-Roxie 40 wins 36 losses post-Roxie 53 wins 33 losses
Post-Roxie the Phils had a .616 winning percentage! They played ten more games and managed to lose three less!
When it comes to the dogged determination necessary to reach your goal what you need is a dog. They are truly man’s best friend–just not Manny’s!