If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
There's too many places I haven't seen.
And if I stayed here with you, now
Things just wouldn't be the same.
Well I'm as free as a bird now,
And a bird you can not change.
Skynyrd's lyrics could not be any more relevant than they are today, two days following the release of beloved Phillie's bullpen stalwart Matt Smith.
In what can only be described as a colossal mistake, Smith was released to make room for new outfielder So Taguchi.
Sure, he has one of the most generic names imaginable and last year threw the same number of strikes as the Writer's Guild, but his promising talent is undeniable. How often do 27 year old career minor leaguers become available? Rarely, most are occupying rosters of playoff teams. Yet the Phils just give them away. Poor form, Pat Gillick, poor form.
I see nothing but vast improvement and good things in Smith's future, wherever his wild arm leads him. So, if you are reading this, Matt Smith, WSBGM's wishes you good luck in what will likely be your breakout year of 2008.