It is abundantly clear the Phillies’ current ownership will never get it. In a rambling Q&A carried in this morning’s Inquirer, part owner Bill Giles, the most public face in a galaxy of dim stars who own the franchise, disputed the accounts in the Brett Myers incident. Using a logic only a Phillies’ owner could muster, Giles said, “some bystander saw something that really didn't happen.” OK, Bill.
Giles also offered a unwitting variation on Myers’ own statement following his arrest that he was “sorry it had to go public” by telling reporter Todd Zolecki “The best thing about the last two weeks was I was in Italy, so I didn't get into that [Myers] mess.”
Talk about addressing difficult matters head on. Maybe Giles was out of cell phone range, though having been in Italy within the last few years that is impossible to imagine.
All of this is in aid of at least one indisputable fact: the Phillies are sticking by Brett Myers. Get used to seeing him in red pinstripes, fans.
Giles also dismissed notions that maybe the Phillies’ current committee of owners should consider selling. Over his dead body…and ours.
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Say it ain’t so, RyHo!
Look out Phillies’ fans, another of your favorite sons has won the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.
Ryan Howard altered his batting practice swing for the occasion and bested the Mets’ David Wright for this year’s crown. In doing so, Howard admitted freely ahead of the competition that he normally doesn’t swing for the fences (or in this case the Allegheny River) during BP. The operative word here is “normally” and we can only hope the temporary change doesn’t come back to haunt Howard like it did last year’s winner, fellow Phillie Bobby Abreu.
It is worth noting almost all of Howard’s home runs last night were to center and right field whereas during the course of the regular season the majority of his taters are hit to left field.
If Howard’s home run production falls off for the remainder of the season look for the Phillies to insert new language in every player’s future contracts. Just after the line that offers a $75,000 bonus to any player who makes the All-Star squad and a $100,000 bonus for being name a starter, there should be a line requiring that any player who agrees to participate in the Home Run Derby will have to pay the Phillies the same amounts listed above.
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Speaking of the Home Run Derby, how about those flashy uniforms the NL All-Stars were sporting? I am a sucker for bright yellow with red mixed in, so Howard’s Phillies cap was a perfect match for his striking uniform. It’s time for the Phillies to rethink their regular season uniforms. Maybe that’s the problem with this team: they literally look dull!!