Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Way We Were

Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, Jim Thome, and Bobby Abreu were supposed to get the Phillies to the promise land...the playoffs. We're now 13 seasons removed from the last postseason appearance by our beloved band of losers. The '93 season almost seems mythical now. It's like the time you saw your best friend's hot older sister naked in the shower and stored it in your memory bank for those "special alone time" moments...sometimes you wonder if it ever really happened. In 2003 we thought we were the cream of the crop. We already had a strong offensive nucleus of J-Roll, Pat the Bat, and Hey Bobby. Then Ed Wade went and signed Thome to a huge contract and brought in Kevin Millwood to be the staff ace. I still think I have residue smegma from the overjoy of those acquisitions. News flash- we didn't win enough!

Don't get me wrong, the 2000's have been much better than the 90's, because we're at least contending every season now. So, eventually we need to step it up a notch and play some October baseball. That notch will be obtained next season. I like the direction that Gillick is leading this team in. We think Manuel is a dipshit, but at least he has 3 other dipshits surrounding him now, so that collectively they might make 1 decent managerial mind. Gillick kept Moyer who instead of using pine tar to doctor ball, uses the formaldehyde he's half filled with...damn he's old. Next up on Gillick's to-do list is acquire a 3rd baseman that can swing a bat with more authority than a toddler...sorry Nuni, but you're as weak as someone with muscular dystrophy. It's also being rumored PG is trying to cry Wolf...we could do worse for a #5 starter.

It's good to remember the way we were, but also embrace the future as well. Now's the time to be optimistic, because as soon as the season starts there's always the chance to getting smacked in the face with reality again...that reality being we're Philadelphia Phillies fans, who the hell are we foolin'?!

~Carson

25 comments:

GM-Carson said...

About Crede (from ESPN)- "Crede will seek a second opinion this month about the two herniated discs in his lower back, and then make a decision on possibly having surgery."

*didn't we just get rid of an H-Mo 3rd baseman with a chronic back ailment?

Bob D said...

Yeah I think that rings a Bell! Ha!

I like Beltre (12.9mil) and there maybe interest in Ensberg (3.8mil) as Houston has an extra IF in Huff.
Crede (2.6mil) if he has back problems that would not workout well.
Ensberg would be a better cheaper option for 3rd however would cost more in a trade. I am not sure if Houston is shopping him because Huff can play 1B, 3B & OF. So they may move another player instead.

GM-Carson said...

Maybe we can send Nuni to the Jose Canseco Baseball Academy. That is, put his weak ass on the juice!

BenJah said...

im pretty sure that huff is a free agent, though it's likely the astros will keep him.

ensberg would be fine, but as we're coming to realize there just is no perfect solution. i think beltre could be had, but i don't trust that he has the temperment to succeed in philly.

BenJah said...

any word on relievers the phillies are tergeting?? gordon is under contract, but seriously...we need something for the back end of the rotation.

BenJah said...

err..bullpen

Los said...

I think 2003 has chronically soured a lot of Phillies fans. We now expect the team to fail no matter what.

furiousBall said...

i'd like to move burrell for right handed power at third, that would be ideal. probably completely impossible given his contract.

need to ditch rhodes, maybe get madson into that role if starting isn't his thing, but try to limit the innings on his arm

GM-Carson said...

Madson should never start another game! He should probably start next season as the long man out of the bullpen and work himself back into favorable situations like a setup man...right now I don't trust him at all, as he was horrible last season.

Rhodes is all but gone, thankfully.

Geary and Gordon are back, but we do need more bullpen arms. Gillick is probably setting his sites on many of bullpenners!

3rd base is just a dicey situation, just as long as I don't have to suffer through Nuni again!

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

if you don't know what "smegma" is, look it up on wikipedia...gross!

The Rev said...

ARRIBA... STRIKE FORCE!

Maria said...

"The way we're going to be." I have a feeling next season will be magical. Howard, Utley, and Hamels. I get giddy inside. Plus I think the Phillies have a GM that knows what he's doing!

BloodStripes said...

Benjah - If Beltre doesn't have the temperament to succeed in Philly, Ensberg certainly does. He is a rock solid dude with one of the best temperaments in the game. If he is available PG should go all out for him. I believe he would fit in very well and be a real strength on this team. For us, probably the best option in baseball. Go get him PG.

GM-Carson said...

If Gillick improves areas of relative weakness this offseason, it should equal more wins, therefore equalling playoffs.

For example, the coaching staff was a weakness last season and Gillick has already supplied Manuel with some knowledgable mean around him.

Starting rotation was in shambles for half the season, now we have 4/5 of the puzzle solved.

Bullpen is still a mystery, but there are always plenty of relief pitchers available during the offseason.

Thirdbase also needs vast improvement, and I foresee Gillick trying to address this situation next. How? I don't know, but almost anything is better than a guy who bats .211 with NO power.

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

That was then, this is now. I'm more optimistic about now than then b/c we still have Jimmy but now have Howard and Utley. Add a hitting 3B and we will have one of the best and most productive infields in baseball. With Rowand, Vic and Pat/Conine the outfield still remains pretty strong. Good to see some early optimism from you DQ, you too Maria. I hope we can continue with it for a few years to come.

BloodStripes said...

Agree fully with your last comment Carson. Areas of weakness are being addressed. PG is setting things up nicely.

GM-Carson said...

Bloodstripes- I'm not nearly as keen on Ensberg as you are. Yes, he would be an upgrade to Nunez, but Ensberg has only really had 1 full solid season in the majors ('05). Ensberg is essentially the Pat Burrell of 3rd basemen. Seriously, Burrell and Ensberg have had eerily similar past 2 seasons. Also, he's already 31, so it's not like he's a spring chicken either. But nonetheless, he would be better than what we have, and as long as Gillick didn't break the bank or the farm system obtaining him, then I'm cool with it.

~Carson

Maria said...

http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=228&p=2&c=582060

A little lengthy but discusses a lot of the problems the Phillies need to address. If 1/2 of those things came true...that'd be a treat for Philadelphia

BloodStripes said...

Looking at his '06 numbers you are right. Pretty crappy really. The other 3 seasons you can deal with but '06 was way down. The Houston offense in general was down.

In terms of upgrading Nuni and fitting in. He would be a good acquisition at a decent price, but yeah, he would need to pick it up a bit. I suppose I got a bit excited when I heard he may be available but still, he would definitely be a good upgrade. Of course nothing would bet getting A-Ram!!!

BloodStripes said...

* better getting A-Ram!!!

GM-Carson said...

Aramis Ramirez is going to cost a pretty penny. I love the idea of inserting him in the Phils lineup, but I just don't see how Gillick will be able to get it done.

I'm starting to think other possibilities like Beltre, Crede, Ensberg, or Blalock are the route Gillick will have to take. My suggestion, just go sign Charlie Hayes and Kim Batiste and have the "brotherhood platoon" at 3rd next season.

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

There seems to be a few decent options. Gillick ought to get something going. It sure is fun speculating and talking about it. As long as it ends well for us there should be no worries.

BloodStripes said...

Maybe Citizens Bank could throw in some extra money for A-Ram.

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BloodStripes said...

Ryan Howard won yet another award. This time its the NL Hank Aaron award. Congratulations Ryano! Still waiting for the big though.......MVP

GM-Carson said...

I have a feeling that Ryan Howard's 58 homeruns is going to be tough for the voters to ignore, which in turn will sway them towards naming him the NL MVP...and deservedly so!