The Phillies Continue to Feed “The Beast”

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SI.com's Tom Verducci wrote a great article today that does an excellent job of summarizing the Phillies transformation from pretender to contender.

Philadelphia proved it is one of the three organizations in baseball that must feed The Beast. Only the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies operate with this mandate: World Series or bust.

 

Give that statement a second to sink in.  It was not more than five years ago that most Phillies fans would have given a limb to be grouped with those two teams.

We can debate Amaro's moves all we want (yes, I'm talking about Cliff Lee), but there is one thing we can't debate:  his and the owners' desire to win.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. didn't fully want to acknowledge the mandate last winter when he foolishly dealt pitcher Cliff Lee in order to do something The Beast cares nothing about: "restock our farm system." It may have been smart baseball for 27 other teams, but not The Big Three. Winning today, not tomorrow, is all that counts.

 

We wrote often about how the Lee trade was a move that the Yankees or Red Sox would never make prior to a contending season.  And we were right.  But Amaro and Co. have acknowledge their mistake and are now going for broke.  They are giving us what we have wanted all along- a team dedicated to being on top (take note, Eagles). 

Making the playoffs? That's fine for 27 other franchises. But the Yankees took on The Beast in 2000 and the Red Sox in 2008, and now Philadelphia has it.

 

This line makes me misty a little.  

Verducci points out that the Phillies have a 41% larger viewing audience than the Red Sox and that only the New York teams have more viewers, on average, per game.

If you go by the average number of households watching the local team, the Phillies have more eyeballs on them than every team except the Mets and Yankees. Think Red Sox Nation is big? The Phillies' viewing audience is 41 percent bigger than the Red Sox's audience and 60 percent bigger than the Cubs' audience.

 

We've come a long way in five years.

Right now, the Phillies are 2 1/2 games back of the Braves- last week they were seven games back. The Beast is angry.  

Tonight, we feed him again.  

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10 Responses

  1. Well, each Boston fan must be counted as half a person anyway, because they’re tiny little lemming-brained faggoty-accented maggots. Think about it. That annoying accent has to be the result of some diminished intelligence. No?

  2. And that last part is what always annoyed fans when like 15 yrs ago Bill Giles called the Phillies a small market team. We were a sleeping giant. The largest fan base that only had 1 team to support (with NY, LA, and Chicago with 2 each). If you put the good team on the field, the fans were there. They could have started spending money to make the team better to make more money to spend on making the team better, etc, etc, before they got the new stadium.

  3. This is by far the best blog on this website. The weather has cooled off over the past couple days, from 97 degrees to 80 but if you ask me, its already starting to feel like October. World Series or Bust

  4. Great article…
    Joe Popoleo said it best, its starting to feel like October in Phillie nation, World Series or bust!

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