Friday, July 23, 2010

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye

How do I say goodbye to what we had?
The good times when we scored runs
Outweigh the offensively bad.

I thought we'd run the NL East forever
But forever's gone away
It's so hard to say goodbye to Milt Thompson today.

I don't know where this season
Is going to lead
All I know is where we've been
And what we've accomplished along the way.

If we get the win tomorrow
I hope it's worth all the trouble
It's so hard to say goodbye to Milt Thompson today.

And I'll take with me the memories
To be my joy after this pain
It's so hard to say goodbye to Milt Thompson today.

And I'll take with me the homeruns and glorious swings
To be my image of you after your departure
It's so hard to say goodbye to Milt Thompson today.

Are the offensive woes and massive inconsistencies Milt Thompson's fault? Maybe, but he's the one being shoveled on with blame. The man who was a 2-time Phillie (1986-1988 & 1993-1994) has been the hitting coach for Charlie Manuel and the Phillies since 2005 has been fired. Taking his place is the man he replaced, Greg Gross, who served as Philly's hitting coach from 2002-2004 under Larry Bowa.
"It's part of the business. I ain't even mad. If somebody else can get them going and they can get in the playoffs this year, that would be great. I did all I could. They're just not responding this year. A lot of injuries and everything. We just couldn't get it going. I'm not considered the scapegoat. I'm serious. I work hard. I know that I'm good at what I do. I'll just move on and do it somewhere else. I can't get mad at that. If they want somebody else in there they think can get these guys going and we're in the middle of the season and we still have a shot, that's fine. I can't explain that. I can only go by what they told me. They want a new voice. You've got to allow them to do that. I'm not upset. I worked hard for the Phillies. I did the best I could."
~Milt Thomspon

Thompson always seemed like a classy guy. I will hold fond memories of him both as a player and coach. Today it's hard to say goodbye to him, but by tomorrow not so much...the game goes one.


Matty said...

I had to wonder if he was ever pointing anything out to these guys. When Victorino swings at any breaking pitch in the dirt every at-bat, is someone talking to him about it. When Howard swings at any breaking pitch down and away out of the zone in every at-bat, does anyone point it out to him. Does anyone mention anything to Werth when he looks at strike 3 all the time. Does anyone suggest to J-roll that maybe he should stop swinging at the first pitch every at-bat, and that maybe, just maybe, he should stop hitting the ball in the air all the time and take advantage of his speed by being more of a line drive-ground ball hitter.

I just wonder.

GM-Carson said...

I would hope that someone, multiple people for that matter including Milt Thompson, have pointed all those things out to each of them.

ACSmitty79 said...

Charlie's a hitting coach!

I just wanted that to be said again, in case anyone forgot.

SirAlden said...

Halladay is Pitching!

SirAlden said...

Root for Oswalt to Win, he wants to Tie or Pass the Astro's all Time Win List.

Andrew said...

Milt is classy and was a good player/coach. Hope he lands a good job elsewhere and glad he got himself a few shiny rings with the Phils

8008 WFC's said...

And even if Milt or others point out problems, etc. are the hitters even listening. I've wondered about the real role of a hitting coach at the ML level for some time now. Jimmy seemed to listen about mechanics but never about waiting out pitches as a leadoff, Werth has always looked like he never had any hitting instruction at all. Even Pat the Bat's head-off, in the bucket, throe the butt back plate discipline isn't the product of any reputable hitting method. I've corrected Little Leaguers for such poor fundamentals. I think some ML guys just don't listen once they get there - and there are no repercussions like in other lines of work for not doing that.

GM-Carson said...

Halladay pitching a gem thus far the Phils bat are nonexistent...sound familiar. Oh yeah, yesterday with Cole Hamels.

SirAlden said...

Hamelday and Halladay.

SirAlden said...

Halladay batting in the bottom of the 7th, Bases Loaded 2 outs. Phils leading 5-0.

105 Pitches already.

I love the old school Cholly pinch hitting with one out, batting the pitcher with two outs. But Cholly I love you man but this is Dead WRONG.

Rest Halladay for the rest of the year and the rest of his contract.

If our Bullpen cannot get 6 outs and give up 4 or less runs, we are not going anywhere.

No Bonus LEVELS or Extra Health Points like Mario Brothers for Complete Games. He is already going
into the Hall of Fame.


GM-Carson said...

Love the win tonight. Won't love hearing Wheeler and T-Mac talk about how "this might be the spark that starts to turn things around."

Bob D said...

I'm buying playoff tickets now, where does the line start?

Aaron said...

That Greg Gross is a genius. I knew he was the missing piece of the puzzle!

SirAlden said...

Braves Lost.

Rauuuuuuuullllllll Batting .351 in the last 10 Games.

Bloodstripes said...

Raul might be coming good.

I hope Happ comes good too. Then we'd have a good 1-2-3 punch........Hamelday, Halladay and Happydays.

GM-Carson said...

If the Phils win the NL East, I'll refrain from speaking poorly about them for an entire month.

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