The campaign in the Keystone state is heating up. Hilary Clinton spent Tuesday morning at the Forum in Harrisburg and the afternoon at Temple University doing her shtick. Obama was in Bucks County touring Gamesa Wind Turbines. Advantage: no one. If these two clowns really wanted to impress PA voters and garner some more of the 188 delegates up for grabs, they would head down to Clearwater, strap on a pair of cleats, and throw a few innings. I would rather have a vasectomy performed by Michael J Fox than vote for either of these two, but with the recent performances of the "5th spot candidates," if either of them could throw a few scoreless innings, I would trade in my elephant for some blinders and cast a vote for the better pitcher.
The other question on my brain tonight is, "Should the Phils be trying harder to win more games this spring?" I know spring training records are absolutely worthless. For example, right now the Marlins and Rays are first in their divisions and the Pirates are last. We know that's not going to happen once the season starts... But, it's not news that the Phils have had less than spectacular starts to seasons recently and although they came back with a huge late season run, that's not something to count on. It's imperative that the Phils get off to a better start this year, especially given the improvement the Mets made in the offseason. And I don't see how winning at a .308 clip is the best way to build momentum into the start of the season.
The rational side of my brain, however, sees the purpose and meaning of spring training baseball and doesn't take any value from the stats or records. Problem is, it's the other half of my brain that roots for the Phightins, and it wants to see some more W's.
Do the Phils have to win more games or are they confident enough already to go out and have a winning April? Take a look at the poll at the upper right of the page and let us know what you think.
Before the Johan Santana trade, 68% of you thought the Phils would win the NL East, 14% said Wild Card is more likely, and another 17% of voters on this blog are pessimistic d-bags. After the trade, a few people dropped from Division Champs (down to 61%) and went with the Wild Card option (up to 23%). 14% of you guys still suck...