Over 44,000 fans braved the cold to watch Brett Myers and the miserable baseball team discover even more ways to waste our time last night. As long as the Phillies keep filling seats, nothing's going to change.
I'm writing out of a sense of duty to the site today. Fortunately, this isn't my livelihood. I can step away whenever I want. The Phillies are pushing me in that direction. Losing is not only boring, it's depressing.
Brett Myers' latest excuse is he's "pitching scared." Like a scared dog is what he said. Nope. Just the dog part, champ. Oh how the Astros laughed after Carlos Lee smashed your middle-in attempt at revenge into the seats. You're not pitching scared, Brett. You're pitching like a moron.
Pat Gillick's blueprint for building a championship is to give major league contracts to ex-players like Jayson Werth, who, by all accounts, is a garden variety Triple-A corner outfielder. He looks like he should be able to play: tall; athletic; even handsome. Werth even has a baseball pedigree. That's good enough for Gillick, a man with more jurisdiction over stone-cold stiffs than a coroner.
Finally, we've run the gammit from management to performance this season, but we haven't touched on intellect, which went missing again last night. Answering whether stupid decisions, like sending Shane Victorino with no outs from third base, will ever change, wise old poster, Nat, had this to say:
This is one thing I don't expect to change. Some of the other problems
may get corrected, but the stupidity will remain. You can break out of
a slump. You can recover from injury. Your luck can change. But if you
are stupid, you pretty much stay that way.
Game chat: Phillies host Astros at 3:55 EST on Fox. Mash your fists against the keyboard here, in the company of others.