by Ron on May 25 at 9:19PM



A few days ago I sent an email to the famous Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin, a man who never met a diet he didn't like. Or is that liked? Not sure. Anyway in my email I asked Conlin two things:

1. Why does he live in the past? I'm tired of reading about Uncle Hughie and how it was in the seventies. Perhaps, I suggsted, he should retire like Hockman and start doing 'bandwagon' stuff.

2. Is it true he goes to Pat Gillick's house every night and tucks the GM in?

You can imagine the response I got: %*#@%#**&#. And then some.

But it was what he said after that, that got my attention. He said "Pat Gillick is too bright of a man for me to disrespect him." So, I've selected the "Best of the Brightest," no disrespect intended. Conlin also said in a recent column in the paper that he is impressed that Gillick has two citizenships, one here and one in Canada. Yea, Bill, so do all the illegal immigrants. Well sure, eventually they will. Gillick didn't get his overnight.

The Phillies bullpen!  Perhaps Gillick should give dual citizenship to certain members of the bullpen--the Best of the Brightest--so when they get shipped back to Ottawa, they don't have to waste time going through customs. What Conlin should ask Gillick, after he tucks him in, is how the hell did he assemble this crew of inept pitchers who lose game after game between the sixth and eighth innings?

Or better yet, if a guy, one with dual citizenship, can't get anybody out, what's he doing on a major league team? Did it ever occur to Conlin--or anybody else--that as'bright'as Gillick is, he handed over to Uncle Charlie a Double A pen? At best?

It has been rumored that Gillick spends half his time at his Toronto home. Perhaps he missed the game where Geary came in and gave up three straight home runs. It is also rumored that Bobby Cox told his team: "Let's get 'em to the seventh and get them relief boys in. Anybody who can't hit 'em ain't playin' tomorrow."

So what we end up with is a club with potential to win, but handicapped game after game because of an a minor league bullpen.The Best of the Brightest.

No disrespect intended.

I'll agree that the Phil's bullpen hasn't been stellar but I don't think you can blame it on Pat Gillick. Gillick has no control over injuries - If you put put a healthy Tom Gordon and a healthy Brett Myers in the pen with Alfonseca that bullpen doesn't look too bad.

Myers has one of the best arms in baseball, Gordon was an all-star last year, and Alfonseca led the NL in saves in 2002, on paper that ain't too shabby and unfortunately Gillick only has control of things on paper - he can't make a player more effective or prevent one from getting injured.

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