OUR Eagles are doing great this off-season. National pundits pay us that credit, and then act like we don’t exist. Instead they focus on flavor or the month teams like the Cleveland Browns, or annual orphanage fires like the New York Jets.
Oh well. With the Birds being a little quiet, I thought I’d take a minute to mention the Phillies. It was July of 2014 when I last mentioned the Phils, so I’m about due. Yeah, yeah, yeah football site. Yada yada.
Let’s talk some baseball. Just a little.
If you didn’t know better and just went by fan agita, you might think that the Phillies were in last place in the National League. You might think we had a record of 9 – 36. You might think that the Phillies couldn’t hit the ground with a baseball bat. You might think we should already look forward to 2020 Spring Training.
However, none of that is true. The Phils are leading the NL East right now. We’re 26 – 19 (.578), and a game and a half up on the Braves, whom we swept (3 – 0) in March. A quarter of the season is in the books, and the Phillies are leading the division, despite giving away runs like Halloween candy.
So stop fretting over RF Bryce Harper’s hitting slump. The man is batting .230 now, but he’s NEVER batted below .243, and is a .276 hitter for his career. Hell, be glad his slump is happening in May, and not in August!
Instead, let us give thanks for the teammates he has around him, who are picking up the slack. 1B Rhys Hoskins (11HR, 36RBI), 2B Cesar Hernandez (49H and 3SB) and 3B Maikel Franco (7HR, 28RBI).
So stop worrying about our bullp- LOL! I couldn’t type that with a straight face. Worry about the bullpen. In fact, pray for it. Also more stolen bases would also be nice. But seriously, loosen up on the Phils. Appreciate where we are. Maybe even enjoy it a little.
So kick back, and maybe go to a game while the weather is still really nice. You know, before the Summer humidity tries to drown us as we’re walking. By which time there will be PLENTY of Eagles subjects to discuss. And even some preseason action!
Rockies in just a couple hours from now. Let’s get this game and complete the sweep! Go Phils!