Wednesday, August 02, 2006

See ya Bobby

Looks like I got part of my wish from back in February.

One of my favorite players on the Phillies (and the one whose jersey I own) has been traded.

The buzz is that this is a terrible deal, although I don't think it's as bad as everybody says. This was mostly a cash dump, and Abreu had a back-loaded contract whereby the Phillies would have owed him a lot of money over the next 3 years. Hopefully that money can be used for something good.

But I do think it's typical that Philly fans are going crazy, when just a week ago they couldn't wait to get rid of this guy. Abreu has never been a fan favorite, despite his consistent play. Yeah, his defense was lazy (don't let last year's Gold Glove award fool you), but the goal of the game of baseball is to GET ON BASE, and Abreu was consistently near the top of the league in that category.

At least football season is about to start. Then Eagles fans can return to complaining about McNabb. Good stuff.


Anonymous said...

LOL! You gotta love Philly!


Mia said...

I don't think I'm cut out for sports sometimes... it's like you can't get attached to anyone w/out them getting traded... to the yankees.

Apparently the new kids we picked up from the farm have promise... but I hear that one of em is a shortstop... and if J-Roll goes... oh man.. that'll sting more than losing Fasano.

Single A ball.. here I come.

The Uber Dude said...

I know Gillick keeps saying to be patient. And I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. (I was actually at the game when the trade was announced...we all had a big discussion in my section about it...) But it still doesn't erase the sting. He's the only consistent 5-tool player the Phils had, and like you said, he does do that "getting on base" thing a heckuva lot. But I understand Gillick's desire to cut payroll and streamline the team's finances...hopefully this trade will buy us a rotation worth rooting for. That seems to be his MO...invest in pitching and man the rest of the field with talented farmhands. Which, all in all, is a much better idea than investing in high-priced veteran fielders. Better ROI, in my opinion.

LastBestAngryMan said...

Actually, from what I understand, the prospects the Phils got are nothing special. Don't let the fact that the SS was a 1st round pick fool you; according to the scouting reports I heard quoted about him he looks totally lost in single-A ball. Mostly it was a salary dump, no question.

robustyoungsoul said...

I think you are the first person to mention the prospects because nobody is of the belief that they're going to be that great.

I believe the "talented farmhands" the uber dude refers to are currently the guys in the lineup, like Victorino, Sandoval, and Roberson.

Anonymous said...

I thought you talked about sport sometimes? What's all this "baseball" stuff?