Pedro Feliz earning starts against right-handed pitching tops the list of things we complained about in 2008.
Poor Pedro. Despite his excellent glove, a winning record in games started and a collection of clutch hits, Beerleaguer expressed little love for the strong, silent type. If 2008 didn’t end in the club’s second world title in franchise history, it would go down as the season we bitched, bitched and bitched some more about Pedro and plenty of other stuff. We bitched when they promoted T.J. Bohn and refused to start Greg Golson’s clock. We bitched when Kyle Kendrick won games because the offense scored 20 runs. We bitched about their “all-or-nothing offense.” We bitched at the poster known as EastFallowField when he reminded us, after every loss, that the Phils were ahead of the pace set by the 2007, 1983 and 1980 squads. We bitched in July when they settled for Joe Blanton. We bitched about So Taguchi's general existence. We bitched when Cole Hamels wasn’t bumped up to pitch against Johan Santana in August. We bitched when the Dodgers “swung the momentum in their direction” when they threw at Shane Victorino’s pineapple. We bitched when they won their first World Series game in 15 years, arguing that if they played as poorly as they played in Game 1, the Rays were a lock to win because their offense couldn't be stopped. Then we bitched once more when Bud Selig called Game 5, the death knell that would surely lead to the Phillies' demise.