The planets rarely line up for your Philadelphia Phillies but in at least one regard there are signs and portents suggesting something extraordinary is in the works.
Not a single member of the Phillies’ ownership or front office has gotten the Brett Myers case right from day one. From the decision by GM Pat Gillick to let him pitch the day following his arrest and release for spousal assault to the pitcher’s own statement that he was, in essence, sorry he was caught, to the general managing partner’s lame attempt to clarify the team’s decision and response, to Bill Giles’ third-hand statement that someone saw something that didn’t happen, to the latest fumble by David Montgomery that, gee, Mr. Giles may have misinterpreted what he was told, the Phillies have made a bad situation worse.
Now they have their perfect storm.
Everyone is focused on their ineptitude. Oh, sure, Ryan Howard’s triumph in the All-Star Home Run Derby provided a temporary respite from all the vituperation and contempt, but two days later the Phillies’ alleged brain trust is backtracking yet again with David Montgomery announcing that Bill Giles got the story wrong because "Obviously... I didn't explain it very well."
Oh, now I get it, Dave, you didn’t spin it right. Which part do you think Giles didn’t understand? Myers did it or he didn’t do it?
No one knows how this mess will finally shake out, but I am going to make a prediction: by the end of the year or, perhaps, before the July 31 trade deadline, so-called public relations guru Scott Palmer will be given his unconditional release.