Posted by: londontravels | November 5, 2009

Phillies: Season Phulphilled?

Keep your head up, Carlos. We will be back

“Are they better than we are? For this series they were. They’ve got the trophy. We don’t. We gave it up, but we’re going to get it back.”

-Charlie Manuel last night after losing the World Series to the New York Yankees

I don’t know about you, but I am completely satisfied with how the Phillies played this season. Who woulda thunk it? Not only would the Phillies win the World Series in 2008, but a year later they would find themselves in the October (or, at least for this year, the November) Classic and looking to be the first team since ’76 to win back to back World Series. Most teams, after making an appearance in the World Series will flounder the next season and fall right off the map. Not the Phillies. They made upgrades to their line up (Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth’s career year), they made major upgrades to their starting rotation(Cliff Lee, Pedro Martinez and the maturation of J.A. Happ), a part of the team that for years has been their weakest link and although their bullpen stumbled into the season with injuries and suspensions (not to mention the miserable season of Brad Lidge), this team still found a way to win and win big. They dominated the division, something they haven’t been able to do for so many years. They dominated the playoffs up until game 2 of the World Series and at times they looked to dominate baseball’s most storied franchise.

Clearly this Yankees team is not the Tampa Bay Rays of last year. For one, the Yankees payroll is 3 times the Rays and players like Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettite have a total of 2o World Series rings…I am not positive but I am pretty sure no one on the Rays has a ring (please correct me if I am wrong). There isn’t much you can say other than the Yankees are the Yankees–this was bound to happen sooner or later.

In my opinion, Charlie is right…they will be back. Players like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard are in their prime right now. Players like Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino just keep getting better and players such as Carlos Ruiz and Pedro Feliz know their role and get the job done in the field. And even if the Phillies do hit an age bump along the way, it seems as though they finally have that bright farm system that will either help bring in some proven vets, or that could be plugged into their everyday lineup.

Keep your heads up, my friends. This is an exciting time in Phillies history…let’s enjoy it :-).

I pose this simple question:

p.s. I cant wait for Spring Training!

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Responses

  1. we played in the last baseball game of the year and lost with pride to a team that spent 700 million dollars in the offseason. those who aren’t proud of this team has got to check themselves

  2. I am very proud of our PHILLIES! They played hard and with all their hearts. They are an inspiration to the game of baseball with their enthusiasm and team spirit. They are the Gentlemen of Baseball — IF THEY JUST WOULDN”T SPIT!!!


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