From winning the World Series, to a run of successful acquisitions, several factors have created the perfect storm of trust in the Phillies.
If 1980 represents the golden age for the Philadelphia Phillies, it's just as satisfying to dwell in the silver age, which is the point we're at now. After all, Marvel's contribution to the superhero genre is superior in its progressiveness and consistency, with only a few exceptions, and I'm prepared to drop the gloves on that, just as I'm prepared to stand with the 2008 champs, for similar reasons.
There's something to be said about succeeding in today's complex baseball world compared to how it was in 1980. It takes an added ingenuity to overcome all the obstacles. The urgency to lift Philadelphia's title burden is gone, replaced with a pragmatic approach resembling that of a West Coast or college fanbase. "In the Phillies we trust," and isn't strange to feel that way?
But it isn't just winning that has turned the tide in the Phillies' favor. Mistrust in free agency, the state of the economy and the myriad drug scandals have added to the belief that it's best to internalize and seek answers from within. Gone is the drumbeat to spend, spend, spend. That energy has been channeled into anticipating the next wave, where four weeks of Jason Donald and John Mayberry Jr. have eclipsed the dead silence of the Raul Ibanez signing, which reminded many of the old-fashioned strategies that never seemed to work.
There's a refreshing innocence to what the Phillies have built and how they've gone about doing it. Their situation is as enviable as any in professional sports, and the proof is the transformation of the most fickle fanboys on earth.
Game chat: Brett Myers leads the Phillies into Ft. Myers for a game with the Red Sox. First pitch is 1:05. In other news, Cole Hamels experienced no discomfort in a bullpen session and said he expects to pitch in a minor league game shortly.