I never realized I was such a conspiracy theorist.
A number of you who were shocked that I went down the sign stealing road in the previous thread. Those who weren't probably recall my theory that J-Roll's home-opener benching was part of an elaborate plot to punish the MVP shortstop for being late. If only.
The geekazoid series "The X-Files" made several slogans famous, like "The truth is out there," "Trust no one" and "We want to believe." Occasionally, those philosophies filter into this space. But the real essence of Beerleaguer can be summarized in this line from Edward R. Murrow: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”
Another good Murrow line is “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” From inside an office decorated in Philies memorabilia, I'm reminded that baseball is a game of cheats and liars. The Phillies were issued a warning from baseball. The Phillies, one of the mightiest offenses baseball, fail to score a run in three games against one of the teams that implicated them. Three consecutive shutouts.
It's an abnormality worth discussing in the context of these allegations, even if there are more logical explanations (just a cold spell, injured and short-handed, eephus pitch and knuckler woes). We know they were tentative and lacked intensity this series; we saw it with our own eyes and they held closed-door and player-only meetings to discuss it. To a certain degree, I believe these circumstances are interconnected.But just like many a barroom rant, I could regret it in the morning.