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Since when did people start caring more about Phillies PR than Phillies baseball?
This is a pretty recent phenomenon. Does it happen only here, or does it happen everywhere?
I work in a marketing department, and trust me, it's not exciting.
I hear and read this a lot. The Phillies don’t "connect" with fans. On talk radio, I hear it about as much as I hear commentary on actual baseball.
I have to admit, in the Philadelphia sports lexicon, I hate the word "connect" as much as I hate the word "passionate."
Here’s how you to solve the puzzle. You win. Riddle solved.
Because if it’s connecting we’re talking about, I have to admit; when I go to Citizen’s Bank Park, I feel pretty comfortable actually. Call me crazy, but that’s how I feel. My seat is good, my hot dog is good. Everything is good.
Even though I don’t know a single person who collects a check from the Phillies, I certainly wouldn’t have a problem meeting one, and maybe, making a connection with one.
Maybe we could become pen pals.
Part of the problem under Ed Wade was the baseball side of the business too often took cues from what fans wanted to see. He read too many columns, and listen to too much radio.
Under Gillick, that has to change. There has to be a separation of church and state between the baseball side and the PR side. When he hears and reads lines like " such-and-such a trade would be a PR nightmare," he should ignore it and do what’s best to produce a winner.
Let Scott Palmer and friends figure out the non-baseball side and leave baseball decisions to baseball men like Pat Gillick.