July 16, 2007 / 4:45 AM / 12 years ago

Phillies become America's biggest losers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Philadelphia Phillies are officially the biggest losers in U.S. sport.

Philadelphia Phillies fans hold a sign and have their chests painted recognizing the next Phillies loss will be their 10,000th during the Phillies versus the St Louis Cardinals MLB National League baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 15, 2007. The Phillies have lost 9999 games in their 124 year history. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

The National League team lost a 10-2 decision to the St Louis Cardinals on Sunday for the franchise’s 10,000th defeat.

No U.S. professional sports team has ever accrued that many losses, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

But were long-suffering Phillies fans embarrassed or upset?

Not according to a philly.com poll.

Only 10 of the 629 early voters (1.6 per cent) claimed to be upset. Another 80 (12.7 per cent) said they were embarrassed.

A majority of the voters, 340 (54.1 per cent), checked “Glad to be done with it. Enough already.”

The next highest number of respondents?

“Ready to start working on the next 10,000,” 199 voters (31.6 per cent) said.

That could come on Monday when the Phillies, with a record of 8,810-10,000 in 125 years of baseball, play the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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