Howie Roseman's galavanting of full control of football operations continued yesterday as he packaged a king's ransom to Cleveland for the #2 overall pick in next week's NFL Draft. Let the Negadelphians rant! Now I have been a Philadelphia sports phan since birth. It is our duty as phans to whine, sulk, anger, and flat out oppose the actions of our beloved sports teams. It's what we do best! Decades of not quite good enough have developed this unique characteristic trait among us. And we certainly could play GM better than half the idiots in charge, or so we think.
Oh the difference a year can make. The Phillies open up the 2016 season in Cincinnati with a drastically different look than they did a year ago. Gone are MOST of the familiar stalwarts from an historic era in Phillies baseball. Say goodbye to the likes of Pap and Kenny G. At the helm Andy MacPhail, Matt Klentak, and Pete Mackanin are the trio charged with moving the rebuild forward. Only 9 players from the 2015 Opening Day roster are on the Phillies 2016 roster (quick, name them). So needless to say when looking at the 2016 Opening Day roster, there are players that make even your more than casual phan say, "Who is that guy?"
So without further adieu, your Opening Day starting left fielder, Cedric Hunter:
How cool was that to see the Big Club in Baseball Town?!? The Big Man getting a much deserved standing O and then proceeding to go Oppo Boppo over the LF fence. Then the fans chanting "We Want Chooch," Petey sending him in and then Chooch getting a standing O!
Add that to being able to catch of glimpse at what the team's Phuture might be with the likes of Franco, Crawford, Herrera, Williams and Quinn all being on the same field! It was a great night!
In only 8 days the Phillies will back playing games at the Bank! It doesn't really seem real that Baseball season is almost here! It has been a very interesting spring as more roster spots have opened up as we get later in camp. Right now I have 19 roster spots locked up with 6 still up for grabs! That's a crazy amount of spots still left open with as many 13+ players vying for those 6 spots. It should be an interesting battle as the Phillies close up camp and head North next week!
Baseball is king! To the casual, adrenaline seeking sports fan baseball often sits at the bottom rung of favorites. But to the sports purists baseball is number one. Major League Baseball and pure may not seem like the perfect fit. In decades past the game has certainly been tainted. Steroids? HGH? Cheating? No, I'm talking about the DH! MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred seeks to add another blemish to the game with a push for bringing the designated hitter to the National League in 2017.
By now it's clear that what was the Philadelphia Eagles coaching search has culminated in the hiring of a Mr. Doug Pederson. Yes, that Doug Pederson. Former Eagles QB/coach and Andy Reid disciple. A climax that leaves many Eagle phans unaroused. For me personally the name Doug Pederson denotes mediocrity. An undrafted, career backup quarterback, who briefly held the fort down for the Eagles as we awaited the rookie debut of the highly touted Donovan McNabb.
The disdain towards Ruben Amaro Jr. intensified this week when Amaro told Phillies fans, "they don't understand the game." As if we needed a reason to lash out at the man in charge of the Phillies demise, well RAJ gave us reason #223.
Last season was not a good year for the big club as they lost 89 games. But something that went under the radar was the struggles and injuries in their minor leagues. Entering the season, most pundits ranked the Phillies minor league system in the bottom 3rd in baseball but there is obviously talent in this system. It may not be the coveted "MLB Ready Talent," but there are more than a few guys who have the potential to make an impact with the big club in the near future. In years where the big club will struggle, the only way to get through the season is to focus on the phuture.