As I listened to this interview, it made me realize just how blind Ruben is to the state of the franchise. To put it quite simply, the Phillies suck. You know it, I know it, and your girlfriend who knows nothing about sports knows it. As they stand right now, the Phillies are 50-57, 12.5 games back of first place, and about to be passed by the Mets. THE METS. The talent on the field isn't performing at all. I thought this decision was all but decided for Rube. The Phillies had just lost 8 games in a row, humiliatingly lost if I may add, and the season got a big stamp of "lost cause." One thing he admitted this morning was that he did see that the season was pretty much over, but always tried the excuse of well if we were all healthy at the same time, and if we all performed well at the same time. Thats a pathetic excuse for this squad. Ruben said it is his job to put talent on the field to be a contender every year. Well this bunch isn't cutting it, and what makes him think they will cut it next year? and the year after? This trading deadline was a great opportunity to "get younger." Which fans and media alike have been calling for for the past couple of years. But today, August 1st, we will roll out the same crap team as we did July 31st and July 30. How can you be content with this team?
The players rumored in these potential deals were Michael Young and Cliff Lee. I was all for trading Michael Young, I think the entire city was all for trading Michael Young. Here's the thing, Young signed a one-year deal and likely will not be on the Phillies roster next season. HOW CAN YOU NOT TRADE HIM?? Ruben told Cataldi this morning that the offers were not great and that other teams are putting a high price on their minor league prospects (which now Ruben is realizing he should have done the last few seasons). Ruben said he made calls, and I believe him when he said he had discussions with up to 20+ teams. But to come out of the deadline with absolutely nothing is a failure. Cataldi also questioned Ruben about reports from CBS Sports Jon Heyman that said the Yankees approached Ruben with a deal at the wire and he wouldn't listen to their offer. Rube snapped and said that he "is wrong a lot of times." Whether or not that is true, the report said that the offers were for Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz. Young as I stated is a rental, and Chooch just playing awful this year. I'll ask again, how are you content with this team?
Now there is still an opportunity for Ruben to make a deal through waivers in August, but it looks like Ruben will stand pat with this team, as much as I hate to say it. I like a few guys on this team, and I don't care for the rest. Something needed to be done, starting with this year and having it be an impact for future years. 4pm yesterday should have told Phillies fans, hey, we suck and we know it, and here's what we have done to re-tool for the future. But, how is Ruben content with this team?
The answer to my questionis, no I am not content with this team, and neither should you be content with this team. The product on the field is bad, the attendance numbers reflect that and it's embarrassing. And I hate being a fan of an embarrassing team. Tip your hat to Angelo Cataldi. The man asked some of the toughest questions to the GM of a struggling team. Rube did his best to try and squeak by with the answers he gave, but Ang kept firing. There should be a great deal of pressure on Ruben to make a deal, but it seems like he is comfortable. Someone needed to light a fire under his seat and hopefully that interview this morning did just that. The team is bad. Lost 9 of 10 and don't show any promise for the rest of the season. Winning the division was a realistic achievement come the end of June. The Braves and the Nationals were not running away with it like everyone had predicted.
This season is already a failure. Don't let missed opportunities ruin the future, Rube.
Here is the link to the audio of the conversation this morning:
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