An Open (And Shut) Letter To Philadelphia Phillies Management

Dear Philadelphia Phillies Management:

First off I would have addressed this letter specifically to the decision-maker within the organization…if I could figure that out.

Even with the hiring of Andy MacPhail back on June 29th we fans remain uncertain who actually is calling the shots behind your shut curtain of secrecy Phillies fans have come to rely on much like you do…clutching it tighter than Linus van Pelt holds his blanket in the comic strip “Peanuts.”  

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(Image Credit Peanuts.com)

Linus has a younger brother…name of Rerun. That pretty much describes the current state of the franchise.  Four straight non-winning seasons.  And to top it off…the worst record in baseball as of this writing.

The management style of the organization has, since its World Championship back in 2008, been one of quiet contemplation from what we have all seen. That is…those of us still aiming for a view.

Last evening only 15,125 folks were allegedly viewing the team at Citizens Bank Park – the lowest announced attendance…ever.

The rest of this September portends to be much of the same.

Talk radio is suggesting more Phillies fans were at Fenway Park in Boston over the past weekend than at our park last night. We fans didn’t see that coming.

What we fans did see coming – shut curtain or not – was the combustible combination of an aging team with a farm system that never grew adequate replacements. What we fans all imagine seeing is you huddled behind that shut curtain with fingers and toes crossed…hoping somehow a handful of veterans in decline would turn back time…and buy you time…without buying any solutions.

My mother became a huge Phillies fan a few years ago after retirement.  Watched every game on TV.  She passed away last November. But I assure you she is still watching.

She, I…all of us…want to know if you have a plan yet.

We are just as curious who will be executing that plan.  A new GM?  A new Manager?

David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote a brilliant piece in today’s edition titled “Inertia In Action.”

That sums it up.  Rock bottom hasn’t been hit yet on that attendance mark…but it has as far as our patience waiting for someone, anyone to fix this franchise.  Your silence is pompous. Your lack of visible concern is arrogant.

For Phillies fans near…and far…draw back the curtain and show us what you have drawn up towards this team once again being a winner.

Only one of you need reply…

Now.

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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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6 Responses to An Open (And Shut) Letter To Philadelphia Phillies Management

  1. It should be noted shortly after the publishing of this post General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was dismissed effective immediately. You’re welcome Philly.

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  2. Here’s an example for how bad things have gotten for Philadelphia.

    Earlier this off-season, we here in the Tampa Bay area had heard rumors that we were thinking of signing Ryan Howard.

    We didn’t want him.

    Keep in mind, this is a Rays team that hasn’t seen a 40-home run hitter since Carlos Pena left.

    Yea, exactly.

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    • You couldn’t have summed up Ryan Howard’s situation any better Chris. The Ryan Howard character on “The Office” is a more desired employee right now than the one the Phillies have. He’s been nursing an injury in September which has been the highlight of his month. There are several examples of successful MLB franchises who have managed to stay competitive/in contention each season without free-falling – Tampa Bay included. Not so here. The money men in Philly just stood by and watched the dumpster fire get bigger and bigger.

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  3. Sabiscuit says:

    I enjoy the behind the scenes views of sports. It’s more entertaining to me than what happens on the field/arena.

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    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a thoughtful comment as well. I think a lot of folks are becoming more fascinated with the goings-on off the field, especially as sports has become such a huge entertainment industry.

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      • Sabiscuit says:

        I grew up in the British Commonwealth and cricket was the thing that people gossiped about. Fascinating to meet the decision makers in person and to match up what I heard with what they’ve said. Be well. Have a great rest of the week.

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