Reid is off to Kansas City and may not but, but certain feel like they are fucked for at least for another year or two. Reason I mention this isn’t to jab another needle in your dick, but to point out that the Phillies currently stand where the Eagles were just a few years ago.
I don’t feel great about the Phillies this season. It feels like 83 wins. It feels like Michael Young will be average, it feels like Roy Halladay won’t be all the way back, and it feels like this whole double platoon thing is going to result in 300 John Mayberry Jr. at-bats. Shit ain’t good.
But while I’m less than confident that the Phillies have done enough so far this offseason to put them back in the World Series mix, and that’s the whole point this season, I still like what they’ve done. I just watched the team across the street overvalue their talent, commit to aging and shitty players in a desperate attempt to “go for it” when it was fucking galaxies away, and a car crash of a season that ended with the former head coach saying, “Hail to the Eagles!” as the owner awkwardly smiled and simultaneously kicked his ass out the door.
So I appreciate that the Phillies are playing it conservative this time around, not going “all in” as Reid would like to say, and overcommitting to a core of players who may or may not be good enough in attempt to avert fucking themselves for the foreseeable future. Truthfully, this team might be good enough to climb back to the top of the division, win the National League, and get to another World Series, but they’re not going anywhere if what their big-money guys don’t get it done.
From the jump the Phillies were best served playing it the way they have this season. Let Utley, Halladay, and Ryan Howard prove they’re still key pieces, maintain flexibility, and if they are? Then use that flexibility to get a deal done in-season that will improve the team—there will be plenty of opportunities. And if they aren’t, well, then they’re fucked anyway.
Yeah, it feels like 83 wins right now, but that can and probably will change. And, if nothing else, at least they’ll avoid a complete meltdown that results in a result similar to this fucking mess taking place across the street.