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Small ball

Posted on: January 21, 2009 9:14 pm

As a diehard Eagles fan, I am always bummed when they are knocked out.  It's not that I don't enjoy the Sixers or Flyers, but I just can't get into them as much as the Eagles and Phillies.  My thoughts often turn to what will be for the upcoming baseball season. 

With news of the arbitration hearing for Ryan Howard from yesterday, I read alot of comments from fans from all over mlb.  It's interesting to see how teams' fans view the Phillies.  I remember during the postseason run how John Kruk talked about how when he watched the Philies he could see all their holes, but that in his mind they were the best team.  I often find myself in the same predicament.  The Phillies in general up and down the line up strike out alot.  As a long-time fan of the National League it is a tough thing to watch them squander so many opportunities.  I enjoy small ball as much as I do the long ball since small ball involves strategy over strength.  Working a count, stealing a base, moving a guy over, taking an extra base are all concepts that are important and that the Phillies don't do very well on a consistent basis.  They often remind me of an American League team.  I hope to see this change for next year.  With alittle small ball, the Phillies offense would be complete.

Category: MLB

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2009 1:39 pm

Small ball

Relax, kingputt22... I'm anything but a "fickle" Phillies fan.  I've been a fan since my birth.  I went to a game as an infant when downtown Ollie Brown hit a homer.  I've been to more give away days at the Vet than most Phillies fans.  I've seen Steve Carlton pitch in person more times than I can count. I've been a loyal fan who has attended countless games at the Vet without a single boo.  I've backed players like Scott Rolen and Bobby Abreu.  Don't make judgments unless you know the facts...

I'm pumped about the Phils winning, but you have to admit that the Phils struggled to manufacture runs.  Fortunately for them, so did the teams that they played, which is a benefit of clutch pitching. It's not like I'm calling for firings, trades, or a complete overhaul of the philosophy of the team.  I'm just making an observation about what would make a great team more complete.

Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 7:51 pm

Small ball

It's not asking too much to move a runner or two over every now and again.  You can use the same philosophy as far as trying to bash the ball but isn't easier to score when your in scoring position.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 7:38 pm

Small ball

ummmmm.....didnt Philly win the world series last year?  yeah change the team philosophy after winning it all, thats a great idea.  another sign that philly fans are fickle and never satified.

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