It won’t last. That’s the feeling, or the oddly hidden hope, that every Domonic Brown detractor currently holds. Despite the Philadelphia Phillies‘ left fielder winning National League Player of the Week Awards for the past two weeks and the May Player of the Month Award, some people simply will not accept reality.
Of course, no one knows what the future holds. But, something deeply telling is connected to the atmosphere that surrounds Brown during this moment in franchise history. He represents (or possibly represented) what more than a few people feel to be the ‘lost hope’ of the franchise.
Brown is hardly the reason why the Phillies have moved from the ‘Young and the Restless’ to the ‘Middle-aged and Hopeless’. But, he stands at the center of a transitional era that may have begun during the 2011 off-season.
His three successive partial seasons (2010-2012) of apparent regress convinced a chunk of the fan base that there was no hope for their former glorious squad. Hyped for years as a five-tool star who would be one of many young pieces in a renewed roster, Brown’s initial failures and injury problems, along with his offensive and defensive adventures, made him a lightning rod.
Ironically emerging as the 2013 team’s only consistent power threat, anyone who formerly doubted Brown’s resiliency has currently been rendered mute. But, those who feel that they know-it-all are likely waiting for the prospect that was ‘Too Big To Fail’ to do exactly that.
Some people are more interested in having whatever theories they repeatedly mouth somehow proven true, than in accepting that this might actually be a break-out year in Brown’s career.
Yes, one month hardly makes a season and pitchers across the majors will make adjustments to Brown’s hot and steady swing. But, as of right now the Phillies’ once and potentially future star has quieted his highly emotional critics and they don’t like that at all.