How bad are things?
- The front page of today’s Inquirer, not the Sports page, carried a major story detailing the soggy weather that has enveloped the entire Northeast lately and writer Anthony Wood had this to say among other things:
Rainfall in Boston delayed another Phillies' loss an entire day, as Sunday's game had to be played yesterday.
- A pitcher with a 5.11 ERA is reported to have had words with his manager after being lifted from a game in which he allowed 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings. Sure, Corey Lidle pitched well for the first five innings of work, but that 1/3 of an inning was a killer with the Red Sox scoring six runs. For a guy who came to town with a reputation as an “innings eater” that line hardly impressed anyone, least of all Charlie Manuel.
- Team officials were already being criticized in many circles for allowing Brett Myers to start a game the day after being arrested for assaulting his wife When Larry Shenk, VP for public relations, was asked about the 200 e-mails and about a half-dozen phone calls the club received, he had this to say according to Todd Zolecki of the Inquirer:
"It's understandable," Shenk said. "We have our work cut out for us."
Shenk said the reaction is similar to the 1991 automobile accident that involved Lenny Dykstra and Darren Daulton. Both players were injured and Dykstra was charged with drunken driving.
The “reaction” may be similar, Larry, but the circumstances are not. Dykstra’s reckless endangerment is not the same as Myers’ deliberate violence, a fact apparently lost on the Phillies organization.
- Baseball players close ranks with the best of units, but David Bell’s reaction to questions about the Myers incident and the series in Boston reveal more than the normal us-against-them attitude. Zolecki reports:
Asked whether the weekend in Boston had been tough because of the arrest and three losses to the Red Sox, third baseman David Bell said, "That's none of my business. Nor is it anyone else's. It's my business because I care about him, but it's nobody's business who doesn't care about him."
It appears that hitting with runners in scoring position is not Bell’s only shortcoming. Rational thinking seems to, pardon the pun, throw him a curve, as well. While hardly responsible all by himself for the Phillies ten losses in their last twelve games, it would seem that anyone who is 4-for-28 with no RBI’s in his last eight games played some role.