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The Phillies Continue To Get No Respect

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Where’s Rodney Dangerfield when you need him?

One would think winning a World Series would afford one a modicum of respect, yes?

Furthermore, one would assume in winning said World Series with a core group of very likeable players would afford said team a degree of esteem, right?

I give you three examples of why the above is anything but true when it comes to the Philadelphia Phillies...

Example #1
"And with all due respect to those two other potential matchups, it’s a Yankees-Dodgers World Series that could take the game back to its roots at a time when baseball desperately needs to recover a portion of the trust, if not the innocence, that it has lost in the steroid era."

So did One William C. Rhoden of the New York Times scribe the words back on October 11th.

For good measure, Bill threw in…

"It needs Yankees-Dodgers, for the good of the game."

Man, do I just love when someone invokes the “good of the game” edict. What in the hell does that mean, exactly anyway? And how the hell do you know what’s good for the game?

Are you kidding me?

Example #2
So there I was, about a week ago, watching the 7AM SportsCenter. It was the night following both a Yankees/Angels game as well as one between the Phillies and Dodgers.

The lead story? Please… Yankees of course.

Fine, it’s New York, it’s the Yankees, blah, blah, blah…

But surely the SECOND story will be about the Phillies, right? I mean this is the National League Championship Series (NLCS) we’re talking about.

Um, no…

The second story – and you can check the tape if you doubt me, was about Forty-Niners rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who had recently signed a contract after a lengthy holdout.

Are you kidding me?

Example #3
So there I was driving to work earlier this week, had the Mike & Mike ESPN Radio Show on…

It was the morning following the Phillies/Dodgers game in which Ryan Howard tied the immortal Lou Gehrig’s record for RBIs in eight consecutive playoff games.

Sitting in for Mike Greenberg on this day was Erik Kuselias. As they went into commercial, Erik hit us with the “tease” which is course an old radio trick to get you to keep listening through the commercials so you don’t miss the Earth-shattering news that will follow the break.

Here was Erik’s tease on one particular occasion: (paraphrasing)

“When we get back, one player is on the verge of tying a baseball record that has stood for over 50 years. Tell you about that when we get back.”

Instantly I knew whom he was referring to.

Care to guess?

Hint: It involves a very high-profile Yankee.

Here’s what ol’ Erik said following the break: (paraphrasing)

“Tonight Alex Rodriguez has a chance to tie the immortal Lou Gehrig (those words sound familiar don’t they?) for most consecutive playoff games with at least one RBI at 8. Ryan Howard tied the record himself last night in the Phillies win over the Dodgers.”

Now think about this…

Literally the night before the record was tied by Ryan Howard, who plays for the Phillies, AKA the defending World Series champions.

Instead of using that as the “tease” ol’ Erik – who I am sure was instructed to do it this way, played the A-Rod card and essentially spit in the face of Ryan Howard, the Phillies and their fans.

Good thing for Erik he was not the first nor will he be the last to expatriate in the Phils direction.

Altogether now…

Are you kidding me?

Before I sign off... "Rest In Pies" Soupy Sales

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