The annual meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Reality-Check Club of America, Ruben Amaro presiding, will meet this week at Citizens Bank Park. Poll watchers have been speculating for weeks how the membership will vote but as of this date no consensus has been reached.
What should be clear to those card-carrying diehards who still cling to the notion the Phils can still make a run at the playoffs in 2014 is that this past Sunday's thrashing by the Nationals proved the Phightins [sic] are only headed in one direction and it is due South!
The week before the Phillies brought home some fools' gold from Milwaukee. Learned observers knew it would only take a series at home to put the boys back on track, and, sure enough, the friendly confines proved anything but as visiting Washington took two of three.
The case for rebuilding is really a simple one: the Phillies are so bad and have so many problems to correct they had better get started without further delay or the good people of the Delaware Valley are looking at another lost decade...or two.
The first step in the right direction would be a coup d'etat, firing General Manager Amaro. Rube has been on the job long enough now to demonstrate his lack of judgement. He has saddled the franchise with ruinous contracts, depleted its farm system, and shown little acumen when evaluating talent.
Inquiring minds will be watching the vote tally closely.