Was unable to make it to all the festivities taking place in the city on Friday due to professional duties, but took the family down for a day in Philly yesterday and it was still special. All walks of life sporting World Champions Phillies gear, businesses from dive bars to swanky clothing boutiques proudly supporting the team with "Go Phils" signs in their windows and display cases, and many smiles, high fives, and "Phils!" shouted my direction as we walked the streets wearing our Phils red; even saw a pumpkin on a stoop with a Phillies "P" carved into it. Of course a pitstop at Modell's was necessary to purchase World Series Champions memorabilia. I know this will sound corny, but it truly felt like the City of Brotherly Love and I'm sad to see October end.
*Ruben Amaro Jr. has been named the successor to GM Pat Gillick. In three years with the organization Gillick built a team that went to the playoffs twice, won the World Series, and had an overall record of 266-220 in the regular season. Many have feared Amaro was next in line to the throne, as they view the only good thing he ever did for the Phillies was getting traded to the Indians for all-star closer Heathcliff Slocumb. Now his mettle will be tested.
*Gillick's final order of business was declining the 2009 options on Tom Gordon and So Taguchi. So-Tag never really did much of anything for the Phils, but Gordon was useful his first season and parts of his other two. Taguchi will have difficulty finding a job because he's old and unproductive and so will Gordon because he's old and injured.
*Don't be surprised to see utility infielder Eric Bruntlett non-tendered this offseason, because prospect Jason Donald has been ripping up the Arizona Fall League playing SS, 3B, and 2B while batting .448 with a 1.266 OPS for the Mesa Solar Sox over 17 games. This after posting a .307 average and .888 OPS for Reading this summer and playing for Team USA in the Olympics.