Amaro was quoted yesterday as saying he's not happy with our outfield. That's two of us.
I have been off the board for some time and wondered what the sentiment is among you: Are we done building the outfield?
Or is there a chance we manage to add another piece instead of this platoon scheme?
"...I wouldn't necessarily worry about it at the moment. He's definitely gonna make a move prior to the start of Spring Training. I personally wouldn't mind that deal for Soriano if the cubs are willing to eat everything but $10M..."
-- If I'm an owner of the Phillies, I'm making sure Jed Hoyer's phone number is on RAJ's 'Do Not Call' list. ;-)
"...I think many are wrong on Revere..."
-- What exactly are they wrong about, tuner?
I think there is a thought out there, (i could be wrong, have been before) , that Revere was just a ho hum pickup and doesnt really change much. I feel he was the sole excitement this year and by mid season I suspect he will be a fan fave as a workhorse. Do I think its enough though? Not unless the miriad of "ifs" also come to fruition.
Maybe instead of calling them the Philladelphia Phillies this year Ill adopt the name the Philadelphia Ifs. If Brown finally steps up to what he was projected to be as a untouchable phenom prospect, if Chase enters the year healthy and stays that way, if Howard bounces back any wheres close to what he is paid to do, if Doc returns well, and NOW (if the arm scare on Cole is not like other seasons past where we are told its nothing to be concerned about and than turns out more to be concerned about), yada yada.........
You and my wife are in agreement then, I'm totally off my rocker. :-)
I just like the idea of some fresh potential in Brown, Revere and Ruf instead of the same old 2009,2010, 2011, 2012 expectations with a set outfield, that the team had one goal and one only, to win it all or bust. IMO- It got stale. I don't care if I stand alone on this view, it's truly the way I feel, can't change that.
As opposed to those years, this team does not look like a team that will contend for a WFC, but in reality has the potential to do just that. They are at least as good as the Orioles and A's of last season. I guess I just like the chance of being pleasantly surprised instead of annually disappointed. They can't all be 15 million dollar players, some have to be young and/or under team control.
Remember the joy of 2005, 06, 07, and 08 when they were coming into their own, and you knew they'd stay together because so may were under control. When they kept bringing guys up in what seemed at the time to be an endless supply of blocked young talent. I don't know, this just feels closer to that, (not quite as good, but closer) and more exciting to me.
" Having a great, high expectation team can be great, but it also often leads to dissapointment such as how 2011 ended."
How can you even BEGIN to compare last years disgusting season to 2011???? At least in 2011 they were IN the efing playoffs!!! Ill take making the playoffs every stinking year! Win or lose at least your season continues somewhat into the most important aspect of the game while others go home! I dont find losing the regular season, no matter how close as anything other than losing, plain and simple.
You don't build a championship -- or even a playoff contender -- on ifs.
Howard looked lost against lefties last year.
Utley has been a soap opera for two consecutive seasons.
How is Halladay's balky shoulder suddenly going to heal itself?
And you don't say, IF Ruf can suddenly become a big league hitter after playing AA ball last season..
And Brown? I'll believe his potential IF I finally see it realized.
I'm not exactly psyched about a Mayberry and Nix off the bench. How Mayberry, given his build, didn't become a stud is beyond me. But unless he gets a high fastball, forget it.
Don't get me wrong I would take 2011 over 2012 every time. 2012 was very disappointing, but if we could have made the playoffs it would have been more exciting then making the playoffs in a year like 2011 when it is expected. I don't want to ever have a losing team and I wish to make the playoffs every year, but I would rather be the underdog like 2007-2008 or a hypothetical 2012 that we make the playoffs then be disappointed even though we had a great team and made the playoffs. Personally I was furious right after we lost in 2011, and it should have been frustrating but most of that disappointment came from very high expecations that made anything other than a world series win a disappointment.
I have no desire to have a bad team, and there will always be some level of disappointment whenever they do not make the playoffs. I would just rather be an unexpected, underdog team that makes the playoffs then be the national favorites with expectations that are not met. This is why I don't like subscribing to the "championship or bust" mentality, because with how rare it is to actually win a championship it is only setting yourself up for disappointment. A team like the Athletics and Orioles from last year were very exciting even though neither ever got very close to winning the world series. If possible, I will gladly take a championship every other year, but I know this is highly improbable and would rather not set myself up with such unlikely expectations.