The sad fact of the way a baseball team operates (and any professional team for that matter) is this: The majority of a millions-strong fan base can feel a certain way but only a few key people are able to make the decisions. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes, while most Phils fans would rather never hear the name Ruben Amaro Jr. ever again, Phillies president Dave Montgomery is all about him.
According to the Inquirer, Montgomery — who is recovering from surgery to remove cancer from his jaw — said:
“I just believe that group of people gave us the successful period we had … They had different roles in it. I know people focus on Ruben’s role having changed vis-a-vis 2009 vs. 2008. But I talked to Pat Gillick about our club this morning. Pat Gillick sat in that entire draft. It’s not like we’re not benefiting from the thinking of the same people we had before. That’s why you have to look at the whole body of work. Have we been served well? My answer to that is yes.”
While Montgomery knows he’s loyal, he doesn’t see it as “blind loyalty,” and went on to say “I just try to pay attention … I think we have pretty good people doing these jobs. We saw, over a long period, pretty good success with this group of people. Obviously, Ruben is part of that group.” So he’s not blindly loyal, just blindly watching baseball from the past? Cool, now I get it.