Happy Juice

During the official introduction of Roy Halladay yesterday, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. explained further why he chose to ship Cliff Lee off to Seattle.  He backed off the idea of not being able to sign him past one year and moved on to replenishing the farm system.  Amaro admitted this move was a risk, but one he was willing to take in order to keep the franchise winning for years to come, rather than just putting all their eggs into the 2010 basket.

As for the fans, we are all very excited to see Roy Halladay in a Phillies uniform!  But many wish the ultimate pitching dream of Halladay & Lee could have been a reality.  Here is a synopsis of how it all went down for the Lee fans:

5 Stages of Grief In Losing Cliff Lee:

- Denial:  This cannot be happening!  Lee was the only pitcher to win a game for us in the World Series!

- Anger:   Noooooo!  Ruben Amaro Jr., you stink!

- Bargaining:   Hey Ruben, how about we keep both Halladay AND Lee?  Come on….please?  I’ll be your best friend :O)

- Depression:  I am going to crawl in a hole; wake me in the Spring.

- Acceptance:  Oh, ok.  I guess it was a good business decision.  I still love you Ruben :O)  Thank you for a Happy Halladay!

Amaro drunk.jpgMr. Amaro may be the happiest person on the planet right now; he has wanted Halladay for a very long time and finally got his wish.  During the press conference, Amaro referred to the acquisition of Halladay as “intoxicating.”  Well, that does explain a lot about the trade I suppose.  Clearly, he was drunk on Halladay Juice and made some very creative decisions.  I’ll give him an A+ on getting Halladay.  As for letting Lee go in exchange for the prospects, the jury is out until we see how he handles the hangover. ;o)

Well, it is the Halladay Season, so drink up Mr. Amaro!  Just sober up in time for Spring Training.

By the way, the This Year In Baseball awards are in and some Phillies, plus a few of their fans, won awards.  Ruben Amaro Jr. was voted Best Executive; J.A. Happ, who should have gotten the Rookie of the Year award will have to settle for the TYIB Best Rookie prize; Jayson Werth won Best Unsung Star; and the father-daughter pair who were shown all over TV after Dad caught a ball and his daughter tossed it back, were named the season’s Best Oddity.

Congrats to all!

Amaro photo by Jenn

 

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4 Comments

That father/daughter thing still cracks me up. It’s so… American. I love it!
–Jeff
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First, the father/daughter foul ball story was maybe the best and most adorable thing I have ever seen.

I’m definitely in the bargaining stage of the Cliff Lee grief cycle. It’s still not too late to take back the trade! Get me Reuben Amaro on the phone!

If Lee was willing to sign a less-than-market-value to stay in Philly and finish his career a Phillie, I really don’t understand how Amaro could have not taken the opportunity to have Halladay-Lee-Hamels for the next 3-5 years. I know how the business works, I know how valuable a strong farm system is and I know what they gave up for these two. But in all seriousness, with tha rotation who cares who is in the system. Draft someone and let him develop for the next 4 years while the big club is pitching their way to multiple titles.

I’ll take a couple championships in exchange for a few “championship caliber” teams in the future.

good to be back, America

~Scott
http://thegoodofthegame.mlblogs.com/

I love your “stages,” Jenn. And I’m glad you’re at the “Acceptance” part – just in time for the HALLADAYs! Seriously, I know there’s been a lot of discussion about losing Lee. But Doc is such an elite pitcher. He’s a great “get.”

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Are YOU at the “Acceptance” stage yet? Because I’m pretty sure I’m still in “Anger”, passing right through “Bargaining” and on into “Depression”. Love the drooly Ruben pic!
Sue
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