“Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you got off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you're in a slump. If you lose at the end, you're choking.”—Baseball manager Gene Mauch, skipper of the famously choking 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, quoted in Glenn Liebman, Sports Shorts: 2,000 of Sports' Funniest One-Liners (1993)
Baseball history is filled with famous tailspins: the ’64 Phillies, the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, the 2007 Mets. These are so improbable that every time it happens you say, “We’ll never see anything like this again.”
And then a series of startling events will occur that make you wonder: This couldn’t be happening again, could it?