Before Beerleaguer's senior correspondent sends his weekly e-mail, warning that our discourse is sinking into a ridiculous pit of despair, let’s change topics and discuss how Phillies Nation is looking onward.
Last night, I fired up the DVR to watch Bill Conlin on Daily News Live proclaim that Pedro Feliz will fit “beautifully” into the lineup, replacing Aaron Rowand’s numbers with comparable production. Conlin believes San Francisco’s unfriendly ballpark and meager lineup had been holding Feliz back, and there was a good deal of gushing over his glove.
This morning, go-to Daily News scribe Rich Hofmann wrote about the most underrated aspect of the Feliz trade: It gives Charlie Manuel one more move. The dismantling of the third base taxi squad means there’s more room for Pat Burrell’s personal chauffeur in left. More bench means less desperation when it's close and late.
When morning dawned, in the wake of the Johan Santana news, the sun was shining on the blogosphere as well. Tom Goodman of Swing and a Miss advises fans that “before we start imagining ticker-tape parades down Broadway, let's not forget New York still has plenty of question marks.” As for Mets fans, bombarding Beerleaguer with the most page loads since the Division Series (thanks for lunch, Mets fans), one of the readers in white wrote it best:
“We haven’t seen this much premature gloating from NY ... since way back in September.”