Wednesday, August 25, 2004

A Dave and a Sneer

Sam Donnellon's devastating column in today's Daily News is a spot-on indictment of the layers and layers of incompetence whose end result is the Phillies' smoldering wreck of a season. His buck stops at team president David Montgomery and his fellow owners, a Star Chamber of self-imposed anonymity that has managed somehow to avoid blame for years of neglect and faulty decision-making by its charges. Larry Bowa and Ed Wade, Donnellon writes,

could be gone at season's end. With a new park, high-priced club and even higher expectations for next year, Montgomery, finally, would take the hot seat.

It's about time.

That everyone is talking about next year already is crushing. Better to be realistic, though -- something is seriously broken here, and somebody needs to fix it. The Phillies are about a half-season away from becoming the next Milwaukee Brewers -- they need to ask themselves whether 11,000 fans a night will buy enough Tony Luke's sandwiches to pay off their debt on the Park.


At August 25, 2004 at 5:16 PM, Blogger Evan said...

hi, i was randomly browsing blogs and came across yours. here's mine:

At August 25, 2004 at 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, it's Brian from the Philling Station:

I'm sorry but I cannot master the sign-in process here.

Excellent allusion today (star chamber), King Henry would be proud.

Keep up the good work, I'm putting my pen down until Friday because the 2004 hs football season (Upper Perk, near Q-town) and schoolyear is afoot. You're among the best.

At August 25, 2004 at 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My only quibble is with the idea that day-to-day involvement by ownership is an unalloyed good thing.

Angelos has hardly been a boon to Baltimore - in fact, there are a lot of folks out there who hold him directly responsible for the sorry state of the Orioles farm system & play on the field.

You either need ownership who knows baseball or ownership which does its homework & hires people who do.

Right now, I'd say Phillie ownership does neither.

At August 26, 2004 at 9:40 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Right on, Anonymous! Which is why Angelos should have no say about the Senators moving from Montreal back to DC. Dammit.


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