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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Willard, your 2:35 post made me laugh; then cry.

My wife and I, after 25 years, decided to drop our season tickets.

It's not just the prospect of a losing, hopeless season. We've sat through plenty of those. But the other seasons were $10, $20, $30 seats. At $65 face value tickets, it's harder. Especially when we can now go to games a la carte by paying half that on Stubhub.

I love going to The Bank, but.....

Bonehead, I have a friend who has had season tickets - the Sundays package - for a number of years, too (not 25, though). When I went to the Fan Appreciation game with her and her family, she was debating whether to continue with them. She missed several Sundays this year due to other things getting in the way, but was reluctant to relinquish her good seats. I'm not sure what/whether she decided yet.

Yeah, its a shame. Mine were great seats too - section 116, row 13.

Oh, wow, yours were even better. She was in 135 or 139 or something like that along LF line, up under the overhang so a little further back, but it provided shade from sun and shelter from rain....

The Royals are a good team. Hudson pitched well, as did Guthrie. And that game was a good one.

Every time I hear an analyst or commentator say that the Royals just need to get through the 6th in order for their BP to lock it down, I think of 2008.

They didn't even have to get through the 6th tonight. They only pushed Guthrie 5 innings. Yost is not afraid to push his bullpen for all he can right now.

Enjoyable WS game tonight that was how a well-played game in the NL looks like even if the ratings will be horrid.

I'm keeping my Sunday season ticket package but I wouldn't be surprised if the season ticket holders take a real plug again and this team finishes in the bottom 1/3 in attendance next year.

It will be the same old, decrepit team they have trotted out the past few years which has no shot to contend and yet has a premium price tag.

Part of what the J. Williams/Sizemore signings were about besides depth was some cost certainty to round out the rest of the roster.

Fatalotti: He is and really he should be at this point. Do everything you can to win the World Series at this point.

Rally Red: I know you basically operate on wild tangential speculation but the Golden Godding of Gillick is especially out there. He is not some mythical warrior riding in at high noon to save this team. The statement that he is the perfect blend of eye test and sabermetrics is wishful thinking at best and based on nothing. You were presented with some realities of his situations in other stops and you ignore them. Gillick has made good moves as a GM and has made bad ones. Victorino and Werth were not him in a vacuum. There were scouts all over those decisions as well.

TTI, absolutely. It's one of the reasons why a playoff team may not fully look like its regular season self. In the regular season, it's unlikely that Yost is using his best assets in the bullpen in back-to-back games for 4 innings each game, especially when he built a huge lead in the first game.


Not saying what Yost did was wrong here; of course it's not, it's the World Series. It's just that you can play things differently in the playoffs, and so teams that weren't powerhouses in the regular season just might become such in the playoffs.

One of the differences in the postseason is the ability to use your best pitcher twice in a series, without ever having to use your fifth man in the rotation, thanks to travel days.

I heard a bit of MLB radio this morning - speculation that Morse will replace Ishikawa in LF. I bet they're right, as they made the point that Morse is hitting the ball well and would boost the offense for SF.

in a rare moment Fatalotti I agree with you completely

    ...I know you basically operate on wild tangential speculation but the Golden Godding of Gillick is especially out there. He is not some mythical warrior riding in at high noon to save this team. The statement that he is the perfect blend of eye test and sabermetrics is wishful thinking at best and based on nothing. You were presented with some realities of his situations in other stops and you ignore them. Gillick has made good moves as a GM and has made bad ones. Victorino and Werth were not him in a vacuum. There were scouts all over those decisions as well.

    Posted by: The Truth Injection | Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 07:52 AM

You claim to be an English teacher, sir. Do you live entirely in the abstract? Within dusty, musty old tomes? What gives you standing to declare my post "wild tangential speculation"?

Pat Gillick has 3 WS rings. He is a bright, articulate senior who by all measures appears to be very much still on top of his game. Further, he's made a pronouncement diametrically opposed to the propaganda (drivel?) set forth by the Monty/Amaro axis of denial. To discredit Mr. Gillick's musings - in your words "...he is the perfect blend of eye test and sabermetrics is wishful thinking and based on nothing." – flies in the face of Gillick's 20+ year association with winning organizations. Further, Gillick's pronouncement comes on the heels of several reports of John S. Middleton's power play to wrest away control of the limited partnership from David Montgomery. Hardly a coincidence.

What hard evidence do you have, Mr. Injection that there are no changes underway at the very top of this organization? To hear Gillick declare that the club will not compete for at least 2 years - an opinion not disputed by any Phillies official - is antithetical to any formal position taken by ostensibly former Phillies FO personnel.

If you see my view as nonsense, propose something reasonable in refutation. A $180mm payroll and 2 seasons of losing records is intolerable, and any reasonable organization would seek to correct that. A reasonable mind could surmise that the Phillies are finally undergoing a "sea change" at the top, with fundamental changes in personnel evaluation, contracts and organizational philosophy. An agitator might take that point of view and discredit it without countermanding facts.

Agree with the observations about Yost's aggressive use of his 3 lights-out relievers.

By contrast, Bochy totally bungled his bullpen management in the 6th inning of Game 2. I'll give him a pass for using Machi instead of one of his big guns. Machi isn't bad, the Giants needed a DP, and Machi's a ground ball pitcher. But, when Machi gave up a hit to put KC ahead 3-2, Bochy could have turned to Affeldt or Lopez or Petit or even Lincecum. Instead, he turned to a rookie pitcher who had pitched a grand total of 7 regular season innings, and who has completely unraveled since the moment the post-season began. Three batters later, a 3-2 deficit had turned into a 7-2 deficit.

Bochy's a much better manager than Ned Yost, and he usually pushes all the right buttons in the post-season. But that was reminiscent of Charlie Manuel and the "Lidge is my closer" saga in 2009. It was Bochy stubbornly ignoring the guy's horrendous performance over the last 3 weeks, and convincing himself that this time it was going to be different.

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