Originally posted on January 31, 2008 and is edited version of a long post with mostly non-Phillies elements:
Well Spring is almost here, and that means the Phillies will be back in Florida. And this year, they’ll be defending a pennant, the National League East to be precise. Although I know that the Phils have made some changes in their personnel over the winter, I’m not as confident that they’ll win again as I was last year. Why? Because of the silent partners who own the team. I mean, come on you idiots. You’d already lost Aaron Rowand, via free agency, because you’re a bunch of cheap skates, and now you may let Ryan Howard, your present main man, go to arbitration, instead of just signing him to new contract. Will someone in the name of sanity please tell me what is going through you morons’ minds? Are you guys so dumb that you think that Ryan might be willing to take less money because of this stunt, and might not in the long run take this as a personal insult and in the future decide not to take his changes on the free agent market to see what other folks may think he might actually be worth. Also, do you guys honestly think you’ll win in arbitration? (Basing on your track record, I would wonder about that.) If you do, sorry but I think the arbitrator is going to be on Ryan side in this and give him what he think that someone of his present stature is worth compared to other first basemen presently in the Majors. (Paging Albert Pujols, paging Albert Pujols, collect your next few millions please.) Guys, do yourselves a favor, just take the bullet, bite on it now and settle with Ryan with a price that’ll be fair to both of you. It’s call compromising. You’ll be glad you did since you’ll more than likely will end up with a very loyal employee. And a few more pennants and a lot of fans coming to the park in the future. Do it sometime, and do it soon!