For those of you who like things neat and tidy, the nadir was officially reached on July 7, 2006, following the Phillies 85th game of the season when the manager publicly asked fans to “pray for us” and one beat writer concluded his coverage by writing, Could prayer help? Maybe. So far nothing else has.
I am reminded of the story of a conversation between legendary Orioles' manager Earl Weaver and one of his players, Pat Kelly, who was also an evangelical minister. Kelly told the story of how he urged the decidedly profane Weaver to "walk with the Lord," to which his manager replied he'd rather have Kelly "walk with the bases loaded."