Thank you EDmuch! I haven't written in a while but not because I haven't been reading, just wanted to enjoy everything that was going on. But in reading things here today I would have thought the Phils were the dregs of the baseball world, not the reigning champs of the NL. And ED is correct, that Abreu nonsense is, frankly, foolish to even mention right now because there is absolutely NO evidence that there is even a semblance of prejudice again Latin players in this organization. Good Lord, Suarez was almost treated as a semi-god by his teammates during the playoffs, as was Dominguez.
Look, I understand why there is still some reluctance to jump on the latest edition of the Good Ship Chollypop [in honor of former manager Charlie Manuel] but trust me, its OK to get on board. The Phils may not yet be the center of the baseball universe but they are certainly back in the same galaxy. My buddy, who lives in the Bay Area and loves the Giants, says whenever he turns on a radio sports show all the talk is about the Phillies. He said that even the Bay Area sportscasters believe Rodon is a strong candidate to choose the Phils and down here in SoCal my Dodger loving buddies are telling me how much I am going to love Trea Turner!
While we may not have realized it when it happened but the organizations fortunes changed the day they hired Dave Drombowski. He is simply one of the greatest baseball executives in the history of the game bar none. He is not only very skilled at building a team but he hires great people and lets them work. Good skilled people no longer want to leave the Phillies, they want to come to Philadelphia. And any player who watched the playoffs and didn't get an overwhelming chill the moment that Hoskins hit that home run against the Braves and watched an entire stadium cause a seismic earthquake of pent up energy doesn't love the game.
One more thing to mention. The talk that Harper is a guy that teammates loathe has been proven completely false. He loves the city, loves the team, loves his teammates and, along with Schwarber, are incredible faces of the franchise.
Add to this, even Scott Boras is once again referring the Phillies as a potential Goliath again [he last said that in 2011]. To paraphrase something that Patrick Henry said back in 1775, "I know not what others may think but as for me give me the Phillies future or give me...the ability to take a time machine back to the year 2007!"
I am convinced that after too many years in the baseball wilderness, we are finally relevant again and as long as Middleton/Dombrowski/Thomson are making the decisions we will remain so.