Randy Miller, who’s a real opportunist, had an interesting interpretation of Ruben Amaro’s comments at his impromptu media scrum yesterday.
Amaro, who inexplicably still has a job, spoke to reporters about the soup du jour– the bullpen cluster-F that had Chase Utley shaking his damn head and arguing with dopey pitching coach Bob McClure.
Here’s how several respected beat writers and outlets interpreted Amaro’s comments (which, incredibly, don’t seem to exist on video in 2015):
The road trip went from bad to terribly bad in a 19-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards on Tuesday night. The game included an embarrassing incident in which manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure could not get outfielder-turned-emergency-reliever Jeff Francoeur out of the game in the eighth inning because the bullpen phone was accidentally left off the hook. The incident included veteran Chase Utley giving an earful to McClure on the mound.
“It’s not our greatest moment, but it’s been addressed,” Amaro said of the embarrassing scene. “It’s a mishap that can happen, but never should happen again.”
More than that, however, has been the seemingly stupid stuff that’s taken place in public that shouldn’t at the major league level. Like having a bullpen phone off the hook while a position player is laboring through his second inning of work, like Francoeur was on Tuesday night.
“It’s not our greatest moment, but it’s been addressed,” Amaro said.
There’s also the public displays of meltdown that took place on the road trip by both Ken Giles (last Friday) and on Tuesday night when Chase Utley dressed down pitching coach Bob McClure on the mound for letting Francoeur hang out to dry.
“I think it was just frustration,” Amaro said. “When things aren’t going well and you’re losing and not having a lot of success . . . these are all competitive people. They’re human beings. I don’t think any of these guys want to lose. I don’t think anybody on the staff wants to lose. When you’re losing, you get frustrated and emotions get high. I don’t have any problem with guys having emotion. It just has to be directed in the right way.”
ESPN.com (reporter unknown):
Pitching coach Bob McClure ended up waving a white towel to get the bullpen’s attention. In the end, no one was called in to relieve Francoeur, who threw 48 pitches in two innings, prompting second baseman Chase Utley to bark at McClure during a mound visit.
Francoeur was out of the starting lineup Wednesday and grounded into a game-ending double play as a pinch hitter in the Phillies’ 6-4 loss to the Orioles.
“It’s a mishap that can happen, but can never happen again,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before Wednesday’s game.
One of the roughest moments of Tuesday’s 19-3 loss to the Orioles is the fact the Phillies could not call to the bullpen to get a pitcher warmed up because the bullpen phone literally was off the hook.
It was an embarrassing moment for the organization.
“It’s not our greatest moment, but it’s been addressed,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a mishap that can happen, but it should never happen again. It’s as simple as that.”
So there are three versions of essentially the same quote– all of which imply that Amaro was talking about the entire event: outfielder being forced to pitch two innings, mound exchange, hilarious episode with pitching coach waving white towel because phone was off the hook in the bullpen.
But here’s how Miller interpreted that portion of the exchange. What’s different? Continue Reading