The Phils (Philadelphia Phillies) have been playing awful this year. They remind me of the teams of old...or is it easier to exclude the following years: 1980, 1993, 2005-2011? The rest...awful.
Because of this, the team has dumped players. Players I like. Players I think were just fabulous guys both on and off the field.
Shane Victorino, or as he is affectionately called, The Flyin' Hawaiian was traded to the Dodgers. :-( My favorite memory of Shane is during the 2008 play-offs. I was sitting in class and upset that I was missing the game, but I had missed a few too many classes to skip. So, I had my cell phone open to Game Cast and angled it behind a couple books. I looked down and saw he was at the plate with the bases loaded. I pay attention to class for a minute, then look again. Now it's bases cleared and we're up by four! Shane hit a grand slam! How I didn't yell is beyond me. I was freaking out on the inside. LOL!
Hunter Pence is the other Phillie who was traded today. He went to the Giants. He is having a terrible season, I'll admit it, but he's just so fun to watch! He has a weird stance, a weird run, a weird...well...everything! He's goofy, fun, and goes out there like he's just a little kid. He just loves to play. And that's the type of player I like to root for. And now he's gone.
I get that baseball is a business. I know that if you don't perform, your head is on the block come the trade deadline, but I hate when my favorite players are traded. I don't know how much these trades will help the Phillies. I think they are too far out of it for any of this to make a difference. It's just going to make the last few months of baseball sad.