Sunday, February 19, 2012

Karma Chameleons- Amaro: Why the Phillies did not have postseason success in '10 and '11

Ruben Amaro talks to Keith Russell from 6 ABC Philly last year about expectations of the Phillies

The Phillies have had a tremendous run of success in the past 4 seasons. It all started in 2007, when the Phillies came back and caught the New York Mets at the wire and forced them out of the postseason. They didn't make it too far into the postseason in '07, in fact the Phillies were bumped out of the playoffs much as they were last season, in the first round of the playoffs.

Spring Training 2012 has started, and Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro Jr., spoke a little about what he thought about the Phillies success in the past few seasons as opposed to the World Series Championship team of 2008.

When asked recently in Lakewood about the Phillies lack of having great postseason success, the GM talked about 'karma', or lack of it, that goes together with making a winning team. 

"It's about karma. When you get yourself into position to be a contender and be in the playoffs, you give yourself a chance to win. It's about playing your best baseball at the right time and making your breaks when you have the opportunity." This quote from the Atlantic City Press article by Michael McGarry.

This isn't the only time that Amaro has brought up the subject of karma, when talking about the Phillies and baseball. Last year Amaro commented on how he may have upset the Phillies 'karma' when he traded Cliff Lee away, especially after Lee did so well in the 2009 World Series against the Yankees. 

“If that’s what happened, and I believe in karma, if that was the deal, then I’ll blame myself for the woes, I’m the guy at the helm here, so if people want to blame, they can blame me. Whoever said that may very well be right. I hope they’re not.”   This from the BareBones blog by John Nalbone.

Call it karma or just call it a lack of hitting when the Phillies needed it most. The perceived missed success of the Phillies not winning it all for three seasons straight isn't really realistic. Yes, the Phillies probably were the best team in the past two years, but for one reason or another the success of another World Championship eluded the team.

The good thing is we have a new season coming up real soon, we're roughly 6 weeks from Opening Day and let's not put the Phillies under any expectations in the Spring Training season. Take it for what it is, baseball is a day to day grind. We have aces, we have hitters, we have karma, soon we'll have MLB baseball everyday.

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