Philadelphia Phillies: To Buy or Not to Buy

15 Jul

To buy, or not to buy, that is the question:

Whether ‘tis nobler in Ruben’s mind to suffer 

the sting of losing but not spend an outrageous Fortune

or to find new bullpen Arms to stop late inning trouble

And by contending end them: to win, to lose no more

To win, perchance a girl can Dream; about her ball club

Even The Bard himself would be speechless when it comes to describing this year’s Phillies season.  We have reached the All-Star break, and it’s still not clear whether this team has enough in the tank to make a second half run.  But their recent home stand has certainly made general manager Ruben Amaro’s upcoming trade deadline decision that much harder.

The Phillies entered this 10-game home stand with nothing less than the future of the team on the line.  Amaro  himself said on July 5th that the Phils needed to play well during this stretch which included facing both of the teams ahead of them in the Eastern Division standings.

Amaro even went so far as to say that 5-5 wouldn’t be good enough.  Good enough for what?  Good enough to stop the GM from selling at the trade deadline, from breaking up the aging nucleus still left from the 2008 World Series team, from dealing high price players that could bring value like Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon.  Basically, the Phillies needed to show Ruben something that would stop him from giving up on this season and starting now to re-build for next year and beyond.

Well, show him something they did.  The Phillies certainly made Amaro’s job a lot harder as they beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in 10 innings yesterday to finish their 10-game home stand with a  7-3 record, including taking two of three from the first place Atlanta Braves and three of four from the second place Washington Nationals.  (It was, by the way, the best record in baseball over the last 10 games.)

Even more importantly the Phils improved their overall record to 48-48 the first time they have been at .500 since June 7.  They are now 6 1/2 games behind the Braves (only a half game behind the Nationals) in the National League East, and 5 1/2 games out for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Numbers aside, the Fightins’ played with that never say die attitude that earned them their nickname. For at least 10 games, the energy was back at ‘the Bank’ and baseball was fun again.

So,

To buy or not to buy, that is the question.

My answer?  Buy!  What the heck.  It’s not my money.

And speaking of buying I have a midsummer classic of my own.

I’m delighted to announce that my first ever Girls Best Phriend t-shirts are officially on sale. 

Modeled here by my son and his lovely girl friend you can see that they were designed to be worn by both men and women.

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Here’s a closer look at the logo designed by my partner in baseball and in life.  (I love the diamond-shaped “o” in Rocks!)

t-shirt logo

They come in X-Large, Large, Medium and Small and you can have your very own Baseball Rocks t-shirt for only $14.95.  I’m especially pleased to tell you that I’ll be donating a percentage of the sale of  every shirt to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

To oder, please email me at:  scd@banyan.com.  (I am happy to ship the shirts to you for the real cost of the shipping!)

So,

To buy or not to buy?

The Phillies should be buyers at the Trade deadline

and

You should be a buyer of my T-shirts!

Enjoy the All Star Break!!

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2 Responses to “Philadelphia Phillies: To Buy or Not to Buy”

  1. Paula July 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    And I can tell you that the T-shirts look great on older people too. Photo to follow when I can figure out how to send it! Paula

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