To this point, all we truly know about John Middleton as a baseball owner is that he says he wants his team to win.
He conveys both conviction and sincerity whenever he speaks about his vision for the Phillies, but, if we’re being honest, any owner can show up at a few press conferences to offer the masses assurances that they’ll do whatever it takes.
When it comes to Middleton, though, maybe I’m too easily won. Maybe I’m a sucker, but I believe him. I’ve long thought that there is a relatable quality to Middleton—to whatever limited degree the common man can relate to a person who attended Harvard Business School and whose estimated net worth sits at $3 billion. I’ve never been able to fully explain the benefit of the doubt my often cynical and wary nature has afforded him, but perhaps it’s rooted in his local ties, or maybe it’s just that he loves the Eagles. I mean, personally, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt if this is how you react to an Eagles touchdown:
Don’t know how I missed this, but I’m 99% sure that’s Phillies owner John Middleton getting FIRED UP after the Torrey Smith TD on Sunday night. pic.twitter.com/dn5jSrIIoo
— BWanksCB (@BWCrossingBroad) January 24, 2018