Sunday, November 02, 2008

A Day in Philly

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.



dr. steve said...

I'm just worried where Lou Marson will fit in. Coste is too good, and Ruiz is too good... but for how long? I'm worried we'll trade him for some useless thing and miss out on 10 years of a great player.

GM-Carson said...

I could see Coste getting dealt this offseason for a minor leaguer, just so Ruiz and Marson can play. Coste is a good guy, but he's on the wrong side of 30 and it truly showed the last couple months of this season.

Aaron said...

I see Coste with another team and Ruiz and Marson as our catchers with Ruiz getting the majority of playing time.

I hope that the Phils move Donald to 3rd base to get him ready for 2010 when Feliz is gone.

BenJah said...

carson, i will second that notion: i have never seen so many smiles in philly as i have the past week. city of brotherly love (contingent upon the phils winning)

i'm not sure why we couldn't keep both arbuckle and amaro. arbuckle had been here longer, so let him be GM and make amaro the assistant. they really were best as a tag team anyway.

SirAlden said...

Arbuckle told the Phillies to "Fold it four ways and put it where the sun don't shine" when he was passed over after scouting all that talent.

I hope he is rewarded at his next stop. Thanks Mike.

I hope the Phillies and Amaro move swiftly, one by one to check off issues this off-season.
Let's start with Moyers and then a big bopper for Left Field.

Strike while the Iron is Hot.

dr. steve said...

Let's just pray Arbuckle was overrated or not the reason the Phillies found such amazing talent.

GM-Carson said...

I have a feeling losing Arbuckle will not be a good thing.