Thursday, June 14, 2007
Our towns, our teams.
If you are anything like me, and I know in this area that there are thousands of us, you are an avid follower of professional sports and our Philadelphia teams. You are also well aware of the heartache we as Philadelphia sports fans have had to endure in recent years, and some of your kids are growing up not knowing what it's like to get Playoff Fever or know what it's like even going to the finals.
This is really unfortunate, especially because we are such a passionate bunch and want nothing more than a winner in this town. We are an area full of winners, rich traditions, and also great heartache. Being in the awards and recognition business, knowing what goes into championships, and the sacrifice and blood sweat and tears involved, I know it's not as easy as it looks to build a winner. It often seems, though, that things never work out even remotely close to as planned, as evidence with the Freddy Garcia debacle that is currently surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies as he goes for his "2nd Opinion." Lets hope it turns out better than the first one.
If it doesn't though, it is nice to see some pleasant surprises every once and again, and I mean come on they are so few and far between in our pro sports that I am not sure any of us can recognize it when they come. There have been a few in this young Phillies season and it shouldn't go unnoticed, because they could help us finally reach those just out of reach playoffs that we so yearn for before Eagles spring training starts. Two names; Bronco Zagurski and Kyle Kendrick have turned out to be the two pleasant surprises. Zagurski being called up when Myers went on the DL, (one of those low points we are so accustomed to) and Kyle Kendrick, a call up for Garcia. Both had exempliary starts to their Major League careers, and both hope to make an impression on their parent clubs. Myers will be back soon, as will former closer Tom Gordon. Hopefully Myers can move back into the rotation at some point in the near future and maybe Gordon can return to some form of what he used to be, but at least we have something to look forward to in the coming years, as these young guys start to mature and make their way into the bigs for good. I like what I see so far, and hopefully they can continue to impress. Now if only we can keep from trading away all our talent for aging stars...