to Abreu, Now Spend the Money
The Philadelphia Phillies needed to change
the face of this franchise for at least
the past decade and the trading of the
unmotivated, lethargic, Bobby "stay
away from the wall" Abreu is a step
in the right direction. The Phillies traded
Abreu, along with marginal starting pitcher
Cory Lidle, to the New York Yankees for
four minor league prospects on the day
before the trade deadline.
It is deal that was a long time coming
and a deal that had to be made.
face value this may look like a lopsided
trade in favor of the Yankees. Many argue
that Phillies general manager, Pat Gillick
did not get enough in return for a career
.300 hitter, who had an on-base
percentage around .400 nearly every season.
Abreu was and is a talented ball player,
but Phillies fans had seen enough of his
lackadaisical effort in the outfield,
to go along with his poor performance
(walks not withstanding) in the clutch.
Abreu may do fine with the Yankees as
he should be able to blend into the background
of Derek Jeter and the rest of the Yankees
stars, but in Philadelphia, Abreu had
worn out his welcome. It was simply not
work anymore with him in right field and
the middle of the lineup. Abreu should
have been able to do more, but he continuously
came up small in terms of leading the
Phillies and in the end is just another
baseball player who put up big numbers,
but had nothing to show for it.
The Phillies would have loved to obtain
a number one or two starting pitcher for
Abreu or even some major league ready
talent, but unfortunately that was not
possible. In today's game, like most sports
it is about money and unloading contracts.
The Phillies now have saved themselves
over $22 million in salary by dealing
Abreu and that alone was worth the trade.
Now with that being said, there has to
be another part to this. That money needs
to be well spent. Gillick must go out
and spend that money this off-season to
improve this franchise. Trading Abreu
was great, but if the Phillies sit on
the money, even the biggest of Abreu haters,
cannot spin this trade as a successful
Gillick is a proven winner and has earned
the faith of fans (for now) to be patient
and give him opportunity to turn things
around. Everybody understands he inherited
a huge mess from Ed Wade of large contracts,
with no-trade clauses. The trading of
Abreu, along with Bell and the imminent
departure of Mike Lieberthal after this
season gives Gillick plenty of money to
make some key moves by opening day 2007.
Real baseball fans celebrated when Abreu
was dealt and have confidence that Gillick
can get the job done, but his one-year
honeymoon period is almost over. Gillick
needs to start putting a better product
on the field or come 2007 those same knowledgeable
fans patience will be no longer.
Plans for Christmas?
Yes, Christmas is still four months away,
but Philadelphia sports' fans need to
start getting their excuses ready now
to sit in front of the television and
movie screen Christmas evening.
Gentlemen, get your "family time"
in during the daytime hours, open the
kids' presents and have dinner with in-laws
early because this year December 25 is
for us. It does not get any better than
the Philadelphia Eagles versus the despised
Dallas Cowboys at 5pm Christmas night,
and in case your forget a certain number
81 will be prancing around like Rudolph
for the Cowboys too.
Then after throwing back some egg nog
or cold beers (whatever you prefer) while
watching the Eagles dismantle T.O. and
the Cowgirls, gather up the troops to
head on over to your local movie theater.
That is right after three plus hours of
Eagles football, Philadelphians are able
to view Rocky VI, which opens Christmas
night. We all know that Rocky V was a
bit of a stretch, but Rocky is still Rocky
and is beloved in this city. Unfortunately
he has been the only champion around here
for a while, but we do not need to go
there. So follow up an Eagles game with
the final Rocky and you have a Christmas
for the ages.
A Merry early Christmas and happy holidays
to all and to T.O. good
No Room for Fantasy in NFL
The kickoff of another football season
is only a few days away and have
already been invited to join about 15
NFL fantasy leagues. I'll pass, thank
you very much.
The mere title of it, "fantasy"
says it all and there is no place for
it in football. Fantasy football is not
real and news flash, nobody cares about
how many yards your running back had in
the Sunday night game to put you within
five points of the league title.
Fantasy football is weak and real NFL
fans should stay away from it. There is
nothing worse then sitting at a local
establishment watching the Eagles and
hearing some knucklehead jump up and shout
Saints defense just recorded a safety
against the Titans.
At first, I pause give the guy the benefit
of the doubt and say something like "hey
man how much are you laying with the Saints."
That is followed up with a perplexed look
and, "huh, I have the Saints defense
this week for my fantasy and if Tiki runs
for over 82 yards tonight I'm only 55
points out of second." Enough already,
it is a bogus thing for people with short
attention spans, who know nothing about
football. These same people will spend
about $1000 in 6 different fantasy leagues,
but refuse to put up five dollars for
the weekly office pool or buy a round
of beverages for that matter.
These are the same people who sit in on
Saturday night playing "dungeons
and dragons" and play on-line poker
all night because they are too scared
to sit down and play with human beings
(note that playing online
poker in addition to regular poker is
We do not live in a fantasy world and
people love fantasy football because it
is a pathetic escape from reality. I know
it is more popular now then ever before,
but I refuse to join the masses in participating
in this ridiculous act.
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