Same Team Different Day

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Sports

Over the last few months, I’ve struggled with the notion that some of my favorite Phillies’ players probably wouldn’t be on the team as of July 31st but it has gotten so bad that I was at the point where I was praying someone would get traded in the middle of an at bat Every night I watched and paid close attention to the dugout waiting so see the obligatory dugout goodbye hug from somebody, anybody!!!
Ok, let’s fast forward to July 30th, I’m sitting at work listening to the Phillies getting pummeled by the Mets and thinking to myself, this has to be enough for Ruben to pull the trigger and start trading players. It has to be. Even though I was sitting at my desk laughing (and cussing at the radio) at the game and how bad this team is, I kinda felt sad knowing this was the end. The window of opportunity for these core players has come and gone and tomorrow I will be watching a bunch of players who I probably have no idea who they are take the field in Washington. Boy was I wrong.
I wake up on July 31st excited because this is the day of new beginnings for my Phillies. Yes I know I said I was kinda sad earlier and I still was but change is a good thing and the only way the team would get better. I get on twitter to see if there have been any trades yet and I see nothing. I plug in my earphones, turn on sports radio, I mean, I don’t wanna miss anything on my commute to work. Welp, I didn’t. I keep refreshing twitter every 2 seconds and I finally see the first big trade was made. Ok Ruben, it’s your turn, let’s do something. Noon comes, **crickets**. I think to myself, “Ok, he’s working on something big.” 2 o’clock comes, **more crickets**. It’s fine, he still has 2 hours. I’m checking twitter and I’m seeing all these players being moved then I see the Phillies have traded Byrd to the Yankees. YES!!!! We got a trade! NOPE! It was fake. So, here we are 3:59 and I am sitting here still holding out hope. Nothing! The deadline has come and it has gone and our awesome general manager didn’t make one move. Soooo, now I’m pissed. I mean, how can you not find one team to take one player off your hands? How does this happen? I cannot believe that they will be going into tonight’s game with the same exact team. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s about to get worse and here’s why.
So, ok we made no moves but there’s still hope because we can still move players at the waiver wire in a month. I’m pretty sure Cliff Lee will be the one player who will be moved then because some playoff bound team will need a good starting pitcher to add to the rotation for the playoffs. I love Cliff and I’m going to miss him but it looks like your time in Philly will be coming to an end in a few weeks. Here’s where the going from bad to worse comes in. I’m not even gonna go into the play by play leading up to this so let me get right to it. Cliff Lee gets hurts. Yep, he hurts the same elbow that has kept him out the last 2 months of the season. I sat there and stared at my tv like this is not happening. Our one player we could move is now basically done for the season. This could only happen in Philly. No one else could ever have luck like this. I now have all kinds of thoughts running through my mind and here’s where I’m at now.
Ruben Amaro Jr. has single handedly ruined what was once (a few years ago) a great organization. Free agents wanted to come to Philly and play because they knew they had a good chance at winning a championship here. Teams were lining up to make deals with the Phillies. Now we are the laughing stock of the league. Nobody wants to deal with Ruben who had the nerve to blame the other GM’s in the league for his inability to make any trades at the deadline. If that wasn’t enough, this delusional, worthless piece of crap GM, told Papelbon that this team will continue to contend over the next few years. WTF are they contending for, last place? Did he not realize when he made that comment that this team is 14 games under .500 and most of his players are old enough to get AARP? Does he have a fountain of youth hidden somewhere that he plans on bringing in and throwing magical water on these players for them to go backwards in age. Does he think he has a team of Benjamin Buttons? What? Someone please tell me what this man is thinking! Let me calm down because having an anxiety attack over this isn’t gonna do me any good. As long as Ruben is running this team and bringing in players like our CF who can’t even throw the ball to home plate and can barely get it into 2nd, they are not going anywhere. I mean, you know it’s bad when you have Mets’ fans laughing at you because your team is worse than theirs.
Oh well Phillies, I watch a lot of HGTV’s home improvement shows so you can hire me to remodel and redecorate the basement for you since, well, you’ll be there for the next several years.

  1. ackid38 says:

    Very good article. Not sure What RAJ has hanging over the heads of the top brass but it must be big. If i’m Brass, i would demand that Howard, Pap, Bastardo,Brown, Mayberry and Kendrick be released. We are not going to ever get anything for these guys in a trade( as proven). I’m sure there were offers, but RAJ put such high price tags on these guys that no team, not 1 would bite.

    RAJ needs to be gone yesterday. Not used to this kind of production with 0 hope for our future. I have always understood a bad year or 2 while rebuilding. (see 2012 eagles). This club might have the worst farm system in the league. This entire organization needs a complete reboot , from the A-The Show. Our prospects are horrible(well maybe a few), they traded so many hopefuls away over the past 5 years.

    I will always be a fan of the Phightins. As i have since i was a little boy(i’m 50). Its going to take several years before our Phillies will be relevant again. It should all start with a big house cleaning.
    We will hang in there and still keep our heads up knowing that 1 day they will be back on top.

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