Okay, let's say you are Pat Gillick. You have fifty-one days left before the trading deadline of July 31. First, understand you are "bright," as Santa Claus (Bill Conlin) has proclaimed, the man who never met a diet he didn't like.

Next you have to buy a USAirways ticket from Seattle to Philly so you can come back in town and get reaquainted with what the hell is going on. Then, you have to look at some facts.

1. Fact number one. You made some boneheaded moves during the off season which you thought were brilliant, i.e., the catcher who can't hit and can't block the plate, which every little leaguer knows you have to do when you have a fearsome runner like Hanley Ramirez bearing down on you. You signed that catcher for a one year deal worth $3 million. Nice.

2. You made some other boneheaded moves, like getting a third baseman with power at the corner; turns out he can't catch a ground ball and up to this point in the season has no--that's zero--home runs. Good move.

3. You completely under-rate the rookie catcher who came up through the system, the one you are paying the leagueminimumof $380,000, who turns out to be maybe the catcher of the future. Which means, Mr. Bright, you went out and got a guy for $3 million who sits the bench and embarrasses the team because he is too slow and is afraid of physical contact--which is like a surgeon who is afraid of blood.

4.  All this not bad enough, but you sit back and do nothing for a bullpen which you knew--which everybody who has half a brain knew--was stinky last year, but you waited until the last minute and signed a bunch of stiffs who most times can't get anybody out.

5. You send a hungry minor league journeyman to the minors after he hit .328 last season--the feel-good story of the year, second only to Rocky and Vince Papale--crushing all hope for every guy who thinks he can play for the Phillies while he sits in the lounge chair and cusses out Uncle Charlie. Thanks a lot.

6. You move a bright, young, promising pitcher, who can throw a baseball  through a steel plate, to the bullpen,(we know it was your decision, Pat) who, as expected, goes crazy trying to save every damn game and instead, throws out his shoulder.

7. You watch and allow to happen--maybe the most embarrassing thing in Phillies history since they fired Pat Corralas while he had the team in first place--Pat Burrell make every Phillies fan run to the kitcher to get anything, a beer, a pretzel, a drink of water, whatever, when he comes up to bat because it's too painful to watch him take yet another third called strike. Ouch! And Burrell was suppose to protect Ryan Howard in the lineup? Sure, and Santa Claus won't be coming down the chimney this year.

8. You go to the free agent frenzy and get a guy who's arm is shot and his fastball is aboutequivalentto the Phillie Fanatic's arm when he scoops up a ball and fires it back into the visitor's dugout just before the National Anthem.

9. Considering all this, your team has been in the playoffs once--that's once--in the past 24 years, and is coming close to 10,000 loses, which will give the CIA  (Cataldi and Iskin on the Airwaves) something to talk about until Donovan throws his first interception.

10.  Meanwhile, the Philly newspapers are reporting that you are about to accept the Club President's job for the Seattle Mariners, but you insist it's not going to happen. Right, but you know what? The guys who sit out in front of their row homes in South Philadelphia know you are lying through your teeth. But they say that if you are going to Seattle? Then go, so we can get somebody here who knows what the hell they are doing before the trading deadline.

Next: Part two. How to turn the club around. 





You'll fall in love with this red
chanel uk

. The large crystal heart pendant shaped crystal is wrapped in a silver tone frame and hangs from a 30'long chain.In the end, the following bag happens to be an vital new member on your set of clothes last year warmer summer months.
chanel bags

is a straightforward style and design with the help of not one but two reduce storage compartments which will open to facility drawer.

Posted by: chanel uk | February 10, 2012 9:16 PM

Remember the
coach outlet

provide coach bags which won't be deteriorated into its overall styles by any means. It will maintain its looks, colors, and uniqueness for long time.Where there are women, there are bags. Where there are bags, there are
coach outlet store online

. Coach products are the direction indicator of the latest fashion and trend.

Posted by: coach outlet | February 10, 2012 10:23 PM

All chanel uk are lovely packaged in a setting designed to both protect and present them. Whether they are given as a graduation gift or a family heirloom, the velvet pouch or specially cushioned packaging will be perfect.

Posted by: chanel uk | February 11, 2012 12:17 AM

Coach Outlet Store vision system is a visual enjoy, is a visual art. Coach Madison Handbags and Coach Poppy Bags are viewed among probably the most newsworthy among the particular coach outlet store online so far.

Posted by: coach outlet store | February 11, 2012 12:19 AM

Lots of women like which usually amount normally include a Coach Outlet Online ,it provides coziness to many girls that don't even think it is a great bushel of great interest directly to them. Coach bags on sale from the coach outlet are cheap or discount prices that you certainly will stand out from the crowd on your next camping trip!

Posted by: coach outlet online | February 11, 2012 12:20 AM

handbags and purses of
coach outlet online

are beautiful, classic designs made for sophisticated customers to make an emphatic style statement.Mainly because products are rattling straight forward, locomotion, to see our own elements connected with
coach factory outlet

you can actually just make an effort to accomplish without this.

Posted by: coach outlet online | February 11, 2012 12:39 AM

There certainly are a amount of methods to acquire affordable coach products at
coach factory outlet

,it could possibly the most effective options.the most vital cause may be the reality that you simply can purchase genuine coach products at there.
coach factory outlet online

is one of the four playable survivors in Left 4 Dead 2. He was a high school health teacher and coordinator for the freshman football team before the Infection hit his hometown of Savannah.


Posted by: coach factory outlet | February 11, 2012 2:10 AM

Whatever statement you're looking to make with your replica Authentic
louis vuitton uk

, we're sure you'll succeed with such a classic, iconic and simple bag.
louis vuitton

Store Online Handbags can also bring great accuracy as well as practical applicability and fashionable.


Posted by: louis vuitton uk | February 11, 2012 2:11 AM

Swarovski's Crystal is due to their commitment to consistency, precision and quality standards, and to the automatic cutting machine invented by the founder,
christian louboutin uk

generally variety within the buying price of $120.00 in order to $450.00, however they perform possess little purses as well as scarfs which are below $100.00.


Posted by: christian louboutin | February 11, 2012 2:12 AM

Bright colors, exquisite workmanship, durable material and up-to-date style all lead to the great fame of the goods in coach outlet.This coach outlet store are compatible with people today. And you will undoubtedly pick out the coach outlet store online you desire from all kinds of colors and styles.

Posted by: coach outlet | February 11, 2012 4:20 AM

family website, remember? It looks like Mr. Burrell might just stick around next season.

Posted by: louis vuitton | June 26, 2013 11:04 PM