Carson and I take a lot of heat because of the opinions espoused on this here blog. It comes with the territory, we get it. And frankly, we ask for it because we tell things the way they are. We aren’t Wheels and T-Mac blowing smoke up everyone’s rears from the booth. We aren’t Joe Schmoe Beat-writer, who can’t risk upsetting anyone and losing their access, without which he’d be nothing more than a glorified blogger. No, we are real fans who know a thing or two about baseball and aren’t afraid to lay it out there.
But occasionally the criticism gets to us. And recently, it’s gotten to me. Thanks to some terrifically terrific 'real' fans out there, I realize now that I am a ‘frontrunner.’ I’ve denied for too long. Sure, I’ve been a loyal Phillies fans since about 1985. You know, the ‘glory years.’ Sure I started a Phillies blog in 2006 when things were going GREAT for the Fightins. Sure I’ve spent hours watching and blogging about the Phillies for six years only taking a week or two off every year for vacation. I mean, it’s not like I had anything else to do with my time, like finish medical school and a residency, and get married and have a few kids, and run a small business and move houses twice and still have a social life. The facts are clear: I’m obviously a bandwagon-riding fraud who roots for the Phillies, Barcelona FC, Duke basketball, the Lakers, and Northwestern women’s lacrosse. (Look it up.) Why deny it any longer?
So, in light of my realization, I will be doing two things. One, as soon as the Phillies have two losing seasons in a row, I will resign from the blog and start blogging for whatever team is winning the NL East. And two, I will now be completely positive about everything because I have to fool all the readers into thinking I’m not a ‘frontrunner’ so we can maintain readership. (Got to keep the numbers up so the advertisers keep throwing mad cash our way…) Think of this as ‘Campaign Cheer .- Blogger Style.’ Anyways, here we go. Let’s Get Positive!
- Great effort by Blanton last night. ‘A’ for effort. He has given up eight home runs in his last three starts. But that’s okay because everybody loves home runs. Thanks for the entertainment Joe!
- Sure the Phils are in last place, but let’s look for the silver lining. If this continues for a few years, Citizens Bank Park will be far less crowded. Tickets will be very easy to obtain and the team may even reduce prices. People will be able to take their children to the ballpark more frequently and for less. You gotta love children being exposed to the National Past-time, right? Basically, the Phillies are losing for the benefit of our children. That is so nice of them!
- J-Roll is hitting like garbage but at least the Phillies only signed him to a three year contract worth about $30 million. They could have signed him to a seven year $100 million contract. That would have been horrible! Ruben Amaro is sooooooo smart for not giving J-Roll $100 million.
- Roy Halladay is out 6-8 weeks. That only means that he’ll be super fresh for the playoffs! Enjoy the two months off Roy, we’ll see you in the first round come September!
- Cole Hamels is the Phillies best pitcher but is set to become a free agent at the end of the year. Thankfully the Phillies haven’t signed him to an extension because I love free agent rumors and seeing where the best players sign. What else is there to read about in the Winter? And if he does go to another team, the Phils will get a draft pick. Gotta love rebuilding from the minors, right? That player will be another great reason to support the farm teams and someday could even be as good as somebody like Cole Hamels. How exciting!
That's a pretty good start, I think. I may wear out my exclamation point key though!!! Lol!!! See all you great fans later. Keep it real.... real positive!!!!