Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
feel free to call him “Sully.”
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Phillies fans... don't nag your team about Cliff Lee
Have you ever screwed up badly and tried to make up for it? It might be with your spouse, or significant other or family…
I’m not talking about something huge like adultery or tax evasion. I’m talking about a judgment call.
A bad investment, inviting the wrong person over, turning down a job that turned into a big windfall, buying the wrong kind of car… something that they could throw a few “I told you so”s at you.
At the exact moment that you knew you screwed up, don’t you tend to overcompensate? Don’t you tend to try to patch things up as quickly as possible?
And while you are fixing the problem if you get a “I don’t know why you just didn’t do what I told you to do before” flung at you, doesn’t it REALLY suck?
When you hear “Why didn’t you do what I told you to do?” don’t you just want to scream “I KNOW! I’M SORRY! I’M FIXING IT! GET OFF MY BACK!”
That’s what the Phillies are doing right now.
They traded for Roy Halladay in the off season. But instead of just trading prospects for Halladay, they decided to replenish their farm system in the process and deal Cliff Lee to get prospects BACK.
And everyone, including yours truly, said “Why didn’t you keep Lee and have the best 1-2 punch in baseball?”
With a shaky bullpen, they could have 2 aces who could throw 9 consistently and give the relievers a rest.
Yet the Phillies tried it out… and Halladay has been solid but Cliff Lee has dominated in both a Mariners and a Rangers uniform. And while the Phillies struggled it was clear they needed a #2 starter.
And oh yeah, the prospects they got for Lee have been stiffs so far.
And even though the Phillies seem to have righted their ship, they went out and traded for Roy Oswalt.
And it cost them prospects (including J. A. Happ) which is what they wanted to save when dealing Cliff Lee.
And Oswalt’s contract is going on for two more years while Cliff Lee’s expires after this year and the Phillies could have let him go and picked up 2 first round picks… which could have helped replenish the farm system.
It’s a solid move for the Phillies, yet virtually everyone is bringing up the Cliff Lee move when talking about the Oswalt trade.
They now have a great 1-2 punch, yet everyone is claiming they told the Phillies so.
The Phillies know! They are sorry! They are fixing it! Get off of their backs!