That's tough. Obviously the Phillies weren't going to (and didn't) begrudge him that kind of personal time (nor when his wife graduated college for that matter). But I still think it went bad when he almost missed his original reporting deadline.
Kind of funny he didn't ever spend a night in Allentown either but with no traffic it's no further than many Philly suburbs. Rusney Castillo has never moved to Pawtucket.
The thing is, Gabe can say he's behind a couple of guys with a straight face. It might not be entirely fair but but it's still true. His AAA numbers don't mean any more than Dylan Cozens or Mitch Walding's ever did. What Williams has going for him is that he did do it in the major leagues for a while. But nothing he did this year suggests he'd actually do better than the guys ahead of him (who also hit three home runs between them last night). At the end of the day Brad MIller has an .813 OPS, was just as good a major league player as Williams during his high point, and is defensively neutral at least. And Bruce is obviously the best DH/PH.
The fact that they even signed Morrison, let alone put him on the 40, at a time when they had so man LH batters to begin with, was really the last straw.
Meanwhile, the Cubs really could have let us back in the race but instead we didn't do enough and the Brewers made it happen. We could still spoil it for the Nat (or even keep our own hopes alive) with that ever-elusive, still-hasn't-happened, lengthy win streak. I wonder if we also affect Joe Maddon's job status, or is that over regardless (he had to win the division at least and it's really more of a personality/scapegoat thing anyway)?