Instead of a sea of fans at the stadium this year, it may be time for the fans to visit the sea instead
All we hear from Phillies President, Pat Gillick these days is how far out the Phillies are to they become a winning club again.
About six months ago, Gillick said the Phillies could reload for a run at the division for 2017 but at a stop on the winter tour this year, he said it may be even longer than that.
So, that's just what Phillies fans want to hear. All right everyone, you can make those summer plans to be elsewhere. Why spend your hard earned money on a team like this, is about what Gillick's comments amount to. It's probably looked upon like a nightmare from the ticket sales department viewpoint.
I have to look back to 2008 and the Phillies team that won it all to debunk some of the mentality that the Phillies couldn't make a run at something before a 2018 time frame. The 2008 team wasn't exactly 'built' to win a championship. They had a team of players that believed in themselves. Yes, they were a whole lot younger then.
The Phils have failed to get some youth on this team that has a lot of talent. You can only look in one direction for that, and that is the failure of Ruben Amaro to make it happen.
Gillick is the team President now, he should be looking to give the Phillies new vision for the future and thank Ruben for all he did for the team, but sadly it's been on a steady decline for years now.
Look at the most recent signing. Chad Billingsley has pitched great for the Dodgers, now he is older (only 30 still though) and coming off of a serious injury (didn't pitch at all in 2014) but there is Amaro right there looking for some of that old magic to return.
Yes, Gillick may be right, the beach maybe a better option for Phillies fans this year, you can lay down on the beach and bank all of that money you'd be spending at the stadium while you listen to the team on your transistor radio that you can turn off if it gets too ugly or you just want to dip your toes in the ocean.