C’mon. Admit it. We knew this was coming. We knew all along–even going back to the end of last season, and through the Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd trades in the Winter, that the Phillies were rebuilding. We know rebuilding yields very few wins. We know losses can be ugly.
So now it’s June and the Phillies have met our expectations–on pace to lose some 103 games at last glance. I think it might be time for most fans to stop complaining about it: It won’t make it any better, and there’s a good alternative.
If you know me, you know where I’m going with this. I even had a point/counterpoint with a guy named Mark back in February on this very topic. Do you remember? If not, here it is–you can go back and read it.
Instead of complaining about the Phillies team that plays in South Philadelphia, get out and watch the Phillies players who are playing in the smaller parks. There are good players coming up through the system that may be part of the next playoff team that the Phillies can put on the field. And, if you normally watch the Phillies on TV, you can subscribe to the MiLB.TV package and watch Reading or Lehigh Valley any time you want, online. The games are available live, or archived for you to go back and watch.
The team to watch right now is Reading: Shortstop JP Crawford, RHP Aaron Nola, RHP Zach Eflin, OF Aaron Altherr, CF Roman Quinn and soon maybe OF Kelly Dugan, are all guys to keep your eye on. They’ve got some other good players, too–fun to watch OF Cam Perkins, 1B Brock Stassi, 1B Art Charles, OF Brian Pointer and 2B KC Serna to go with pitchers Ben Lively, Nefi Ogando, Tom Windle and Jesse Biddle.
Some of these guys will be moving, as the summer rolls along–so get out to Reading, or Allentown, or Lakewood, NJ, or Clearwater, Florida if you can. Then go again later. Catch some games on the computer. If you’re a Phillies fan you’ll feel better about the future Phillies. More players may be arriving via trade as we get into the meat of the Summer.
And, hey, if you still want to go to the big park in the big city–you can! Walk up and buy a ticket. Maikel Franco is there and some other younger pieces are already in place. Enjoy it before it gets crowded again in a couple years.
See you at the parks–the smaller ones,