The Philadelphia Phillies‘ 2009 National League pennant that flies above Citizens Bank Park routinely slaps all who see it in the face. Of course, that attitude is representative of a certain segment of “fans” who hear every pleasant song as some type of painful scream.
The Phillies could have won back-to-back World Series in 2008 and 2009. They only rode in one championship parade and because of that hardened fact, everyone who supports the team should be angry. Obviously, that attitude makes no sense to those who see through it.
Playing on a pleasant weekday afternoon in Florida, the Phillies narrowly beat the New York Yankees in a late-February Grapefruit League contest. As with most preseason games, the final score (4-3) wasn’t what mattered.
Kyle Kendrick had a decent initial outing. Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz‘ potential replacement, Tommy Joseph, both hit home runs. All three efforts were encouraging signs that can be projected into this particular season.
I don’t fault anyone for having a personality or for expressing their thoughts. That’s part of what being human is. But I do think that every sports fan in this increasingly intense world needs to recognize that not everyone is going to be in lockstep about every issue connected to their team.
When someone’s take on this version of Charlie Manuel’s squad strikes you as odd, simply take one emotional step back. As fans we all care about sports, but overly chiding fellow supporters for their reactions doesn’t make sense. Plus, if we are honest, we all know that we’ve likely jumped in the deep end ourselves at times about the “developments” within this Phillies franchise since the fall of that 2009 year.