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09-25-2010, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Rick Blaine View Post
I've got no idea what you're saying, but if it's in any way, shape, or form a backing of how the current ownership has spent since in place, I couldn't disagree more.

For as good as the Phillies have been recently, and for as well as some things have worked out, the organization has been equally lucky.
In a nutshell... they learned that you have to spend money to make money.

They decided to go ahead and build a new ballpark and make it more than just a place to have a game; they made it a place for the fans to meet and socialize... They went ahead and convinced Thome that Philly was a good place to play, showing the fans that they meant business... They more than doubled their payroll and installed a winning management with Pat Gillick and his staff and groomed Amaro... They learned that a winning organization that uses some of their income to keep a contender on the field breeds more winning... They took some calculated chances and went after and obtained top pitching and spent also on a bench... They hired and stuck with Charlie Manuel when he was laughed at as a rube by many fans... They balanced spending up to but below a luxury tax to better their return on capital.

Lucky?... They made their own luck... They were able to overcome the bad luck through preparation and hard work as they played through many injuries and stuck with players who were having a tough go of it until they came around.

In short they have become a model organization that was once a laughing stock organization... But you do have every right to disagree with any and all of that.

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