This was going to be an entry about how the Phillies needed to make a trade now. Pronto. . . .
The more I thought about it though, the more I decided that the last thing you want as a baseball fan is for your team to make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. After all, rarely are good decisions made in a state of panic or desperation.
And when you look around the National League, any sense of panic or desperation, at least as far as this fan felt, has dissipated.
Look, here's the truth. If you include the eventually healthy Raul Ibanez and Brad Lidge, and barring any other injuries to significant players, the Phillies as presently constituted are good enough to make the playoffs. Take a look around, and other than the Dodgers and maybe the Mets, the National League is a big pile of mediocrity.
But success in the playoffs is a different story. The Phillies really can't win another championship with Joe Blanton as their second-best starter. They can get into the playoffs, but going deep is another story. To win it all, they are going to need a starter to pair with Cole Hamels as an effective 1-2 punch, particularly in the first round's short five-game series.
So as has been said before, until Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. can figure out a way to shake one of those types of starting pitchers loose, I really don't see the point in making a trade.
Don't baby Price
David Price of the Tampa Rays may very well be the top prospect in all of baseball. Last year the Rays did not want to "rush" him to the bigs so they didn't call him up until late in the season as a middle reliever. This year they did not want to "rush" him into a starting pitcher role so he began the season in AAA. I know, I know, there were arbitration reasons why he wasn't called up before to stay but my question is, what were they waiting for?
Goodbye to Gary
It's been a tough year for the Philadelphia broadcast media community, as well as the region's sports fans.
First we lost Harry Kalas, and [Friday] we learned that longtime Philly sports anchor for WPVI-TV, Gary Papa, succumbed to his 5-year battle with cancer.
Gary has been a very popular figure in our sports world since 1981, talented, knowledgeable, and passionate.
Williams and Manuel
Sports Illustrated has a piece on Ol' Cholly [Manuel] that tells of his bathroom reading material, his knowledge of professional wrestling, and his Japanese-born Italian buddy, Luigi Forenza.
But the opening story about Ted Williams and Charlie arguing about the minutiae of hitting after a few cold ones in the middle of a D.C. hotel is brilliant. The kind of event you'd pay 100 bucks just to have been a fly on the wall to witness.
Hank Baskett told E! that he hopes that the little baby on the way for him and his fiancee, Kendra, is a boy so that he can look out for the baby girl that is coming next. Hank and Kendra have made it known that they want several children and this baby-to-be is only going to the first of many for their family.