“You’ve got to want it.”
There you have it. Charlie Manuel’s summation of what ails the Phillies and what they need to do. Desire, that’s what Charlie thinks is missing here.
Sorry, Charlie, but I would rephrase that assessment. You’ve got to have it.
Let me put it another way, Charlie. You’ve got to have a third baseman who can hit his weight. You want more? You need a multi-millionaire left fielder who can swing at a pitch every now and then instead of pulling that tired old stunt of raising his arms, thrusting out his butt and trying to convince the home plate umpire the ball right down Broadway he just took was really inside.
Still not with me, Charlie? You need to stop worrying about the alleged fragile egos of some of your youngest pitchers and concentrate instead on the egos of the millions of fans who’ve stuck with the Phillies and who just might wake up this morning and read about the Eagles. Trust me, Charlie, not every twenty-something hurler has the intestinal fortitude of a Gavin Floyd.
"We could be the Houston Astros of last year, but I don't know if these guys realize it. That's the way I'm thinking, but I don't know if they are. We didn't hit a ball hard today."
Listen, Charlie, a few of the Astros had near-career years at the plate last season, but the real reasons they made it to the post-season were guys named Clemens, Petitte, Oswalt and Lidge. You do not have those guys or a rotation that approximates them.
“You’ve got to want it.”???
“Wanting it” is what Dontrelle Willis showed you yesterday, Charlie, not what Brett Myers trotted out to the mound the night before.
No, Charlie, I don’t think most of these Phillies lack desire. There are simply too many of them who lack the skill to be champions.