A co-worker said that it was “depressing” that I was already talking about looking forward to the Phillies next season. I told him that once upon a time I’d have felt that way in April!
Times certainly have changed for the Phillies. Watching the media circus around their acquisitions of Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay were the sort of spellbinding moves Philadelphia teams simply don’t make. We’ve historically been perma-sellers, unloading superstars like Charles Barkley and Curt Schilling and getting nothing in return. We’re the sort of town where teams move into a rebuilding year that lasts a decade or more. In short, the Phillies are spoiling us by being so competitive!
I don’t know if the Phillies can make the playoffs this year, but I like that they’re trying to piece together a top-notch rotation that will be here for the next several years. I still think they could make a strong run at the playoffs this year. They’ve shown they can do it in the past and if a team like the Rockies can go on a tear and snag the wild card the way they did in 2007, then why not us?
Make it exciting, Rube. Show us you’ve got what it takes to pull together a team for the ages without Pat Gillick looking over your shoulder. I won’t even mention that you’re working with your old boss Ed down in Houston. It shows that you have the desire and will to build a championship team and that’s what this city wants as much as the championships themselves. Go get Roy Oswalt for the 2010 run and see where we end up.