Why did I expect something different from this Phillies team this year? They have been letting us down for years now, and despite a great start this season, they have mired themselves as a .500 team again.
All of this, despite the signing of JT Realmuto, which I wasn’t fully onboard with. I would only want him on the team if the Phillies were going to contend. If they don’t what is the point? The Phils left Colorado with a thumping today on the head, 12-2 by the Rockies. Yes, the 8-13 team there in Denver and before a crowd of 20,244.
Ok we have Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, the 1-2 punch, only sometimes when they are pitching so far in the early part of this season, they haven’t been doing all that well. Nola getting victimized by the home run, saw the Phillies offense take him off the hook the other night. How much more of this can Phillies fans take.
We’ve also got a game that has changed very much in form in the past couple years. Toying around with the game seems like the pastime of Rob Manfred, the worst commissioner of baseball I have ever witnessed. All over the internet I hear baseball fans bitching about what he’s doing to the game. Well, the time of bitching in forums should be over, the time to complain loudly by not giving MLB baseball a penny should begin.
Recently it was reported that the MLB was asking fans for their ‘political affiliation’ at the ballparks, this is more that bad taste and something that baseball should be investigated for. How did this organization get so political anyway? Overtly so, that they have gone to extra measure to make it known? I don’t want your politics MLB, whatever they are. Plus several stadiums are funded with public funds.
If this doesn’t sour you from being a baseball fan, I don’t know what will. You have to take a stand sometime, looking at the MLB organization from the outside it, it appears to be an organization that has shed it formally conservative values, embraced encouraging gambling by it’s fans, changed the game, gotten very loud politically and has the baseball purists bristling.
Back to the Phillies. I’ll continue to monitor the team from afar. I’m not spending my hard earned money on a league that in my opinion no longer has the ‘game’ of baseball as it’s priority. More like the ruination of this game. The fact that the Phillies aren’t playing well again, even makes it easier to take that step back.
And a strike next year? If that were to happen, I think you may see the demise of the game of baseball for good. The game has gotten all to full of itself, contracts that are out of control, and primarily the winds of change to this game is making it into a much different animal than it use to be.