One year ago the Internet changed and would never be the same again...We Should Be GM's was introduced to the blogsphere. It's been an enjoyable journey making fun of the Phillies, riding the ups and downs of a treacherous season, forming new friendships, suffering through the boredom of the offseason, and just having a good old fashioned uninhibited time in general. In case you haven't been around the entire time, here's a brief recap of hi-lights from the past year.
Charles Fuqua Manuel is not a smart man. In fact, Corey and I have been amusing ourselves at his expense and have referred to him by many derogatory names such as retarded hick, dumbass, moron, bumbling slap-nut, and r-tard. We mean no offense to the mentally challenged community, but we're sorry to report that the Phils lead strategist is a member of your brain-trust.
Poor David Bell, traded away during last season's purge, and still getting made fun of relentlessly on this site. We can't help it, we have a quota to fill. The first joke ever made on here about him was in regards to him being less straight than Liberace, and I still have no doubt in my assessment of that situation...freakin' fairy-footed h-mo (once again, no offense of the gay community).
We created a niche for the sometimes forgotten and not so prevalent players of the Phillies past and gave them their own time to shine on Phillies Phlashback Phridays. Players that played for both the Pirates and Phillies even got a special nickname, Phucco.
Although, we do take time to recognize players from the past that weren't especially good or deserving of merit, we have zero tolerance for present day players lacking MLB ability. No-Talent Ass Clown charter member list: Danny Sandoval, Chris Roberson, Alex Gonzalez, and Abe Nunez & Gavin Floyd ( both mentioned below).
Signed to a 2 year multi-million dollar contract in the offseason of 05/06, Abe "No-Hit" Nunez has proven to be an utter waste of a roster space. It's hard to believe that someone could manage to suck worse than David Bell, but Nuni did just that. The man would come up with a score of zero on the whack-a-mole game and Chuckee Cheese. Jim Abbott swung a better stick. This child suffering from malnutrition has more power than Nunez...get the point?
Gavin Floyd may have forever ruined my view of a prospect. Floyd was a prospect that never panned out, in fact he flat-out tanked. I look at the starts the Headcase known as Gavin Floyd made last year and wonder what would have happened even if Ryan Franklin would have been in the rotation instead (playoffs?). When Gillick traded Floyd this offseason I was ecstatic. I am so harsh on the Headcase that I once said, "I'll offer a pen to him, and when he goes to sign his autograph, I'll tell him it's to put himself out of his misery and stab himself with"...ouch, that's cruel.
Looking back at our "accomplishments" I'm starting to think we're nothing more than juvenile idiots. However, although we're all about jokes and having a good time we also mix in reality while doing so. It's tough being a Phillies fan, as we've suffered many years of anguish, so mixing in humor to alleviate the pain is a good thing. Also remember, even an idiot can be a GM...look no further than David Littlefield, Ed Wade, and the soon to be added Pat Gillick.
Here's a tribute to the two men who kicked this entire thing off last March 28th- Rick Schu and our homeboy Steve Jeltz, we salute you!