Grieving the Phillies 2011 Season – Stage 2: Anger
I can no longer deny that the season is OVER for the Phillies. And over in the most awful way possible. So now, I am pissed.
Seriously, WTF were these players thinking when they proceeded to swing at bad pitches and watch good ones fly past? You know the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Well, isn’t the opposite true as well? WHY, in the name of all that is unholy, did the Phillies offense stay the course with what was NOT working and skip any attempt to FIX the problem?
There were a variety of ridiculous press conferences this week where players, manager Charlie Manuel and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. all admitted that something has to change. They talked about players having a “better approach” at the plate and more “patience” and “discipline.”
If you ask me, this is one of the most undisciplined Phillies teams in recent memory. Manuel’s nice guy approach is refreshing, but when things are going bad, it is also counterproductive. Sometimes, players need a kick in the rear. Sometimes, actual coaching is required. And most times, discipline is a very, very good thing.
Manuel says he is a good ” hitting coach.” But his “coaching” seems to come across to many experienced players as “suggestions” rather than correction or direction. But are some of these players too damn old and set in their ways to be coached? If they are, MOVE ON.
Because what exactly is going to change next year? Ryan Howard is still going to swing at a ball in the dirt on a 3-0 count no matter what you tell him. That is who he is. I am not saying dump Howard (which frankly, would be impossible now) or anyone else, but DO let these guys know they need to do as they are told or bench them!
I do not care how much money they are making. If they cannot follow directions, teach them that there ARE consequences. If I suck at my job, I will get fired. If I do not follow directions or at least TRY things my boss tells me to, I am in BIG trouble. And my paycheck is crap…these guys are making millions and still do not feel like they need to listen to their boss? WTF!
If Manuel tells a guy to move closer to the plate, he needs to let the player know this is an ORDER, not a suggestion! If it doesn’t work, fine, he tried.
This is probably the most disgusted I have ever been with a Phillies team in 30 years. Even all those years when they were losing consistently, it was easier to take because they did not have a lot of talent. This 2011 team was loaded with talent and they just plain blew it!
This season was a huge waste of time, money and superior pitching. Heck, even the great pitching sucked in 2 out of 5 games in the NLDS. And I love Cliff Lee, but if he was in front of right this second, I might bash him repeatedly over the head with a soft, fluffy pillow. I saw pillow because I prefer to express my anger and disappointment without actually causing injury ;o)
For Roy Oswalt, my plan is to drop to the ground at his feet, cry hysterically and shout, “You ruined my life! HOW could you do that? What kind of a cruel person are you! Waaaaaaaaa!” While none of that is really accurate, it would brighten my mood to make him feel bad for a few seconds ;o)
Ok, so I know they all feel terrible as it is, so all of that is really unnecessary, but damn, I am pissed! Aren’t you?
And that concludes my angry and slightly insane rant during my extended period of mourning. Stay tuned for Stage 3…
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