The coronation came a year ago, even before a game had been played.

The Phillies shocked the baseball world by signing Cliff Lee, creating a starting rotation for the ages. From there, it was a circus.

Spring opened with as much fanfare as a Phillies team had ever generated, and a World Series wasn't so much a goal as it was an expectation.

Seven months later, it was all over.

Roy Halladay sat at his locker, head in hands, defeated in a game in which he allowed just a single run.