My Thoughts on the Trade Deadline

Okay, so the trade deadline was yesterday at 4pm. I’m just getting around to writing this now, after a full night of actual games and a decent night’s sleep. It’s taken this long to collect my thoughts. So, let’s first address the Reds. They picked up reliever (formerly closer) Jonathan Broxton. In years past, in his years closing for the Dodgers, I have seen quite a bit of Brox, and have always been impressed. I think he will be an excellent 8th inning man, and he makes Cinci’s stellar bullpen that much more formidable. As last night went on, I got progressively more excited about Brox being a Red. That said, throughout the evening I heard some disconcerting points alleged. Firstly, it has been said that KC fans feel about Brox the way we felt about Coco Cordero. I sure hope not. I aslo read that he has pitched only twice in the last 17 days. Concerning, but could that be because The Royals have only had 2 save opps in the last 17 days? Maybe, but one would think they’d still be using him in non-save situations just to get him some work. So I need to know a little more about why he’s pitched to infrequently. SO, my overall feeling is that Walt made the right move by not messing with the chemistry of this “Red” hot team. Glad nobody got traded away. One interesting note: Since acquiring Broxton, the Reds are undefeated and average 7 runs per game. Just sayin…

Now, on to the Phillies. I know why they traded Victorino, and it kinda makes sense with his pending free agency, but I still hate it! Remember, I’m resistant to change. So many great memories of the Flyin Hawaiian, he’s been such an important core player. I will miss him, but I wish him all the best in sunny L.A. On the other hand, I have NO IDEA why Hunter Pence was traded. Just does not make sense to me. He’s been a great addition to this team, and again, I’m sad to see him go. On a side note, there was so much talk about Cliff Lee getting traded, and according to Ruben Amaro, Jr., he was never on the trading block. Yet even today, the “reporters” still talk of how a deal could not be reached with the Rangers for Lee. Somebody is misinformed, or worse yet, lying. I suppose it doesn’t matter really now, but the misinformation created a lot of additional stress on an already stressful day/week. Just sayin… The one move I really don’t understand is giving catcher Tuffy Goeswich (BEST name in baseball) to Toronto for NOTHING in return. By definition, that is NOT a trade. It’s a contribution, a gift, but it’s not a trade. Please explain, Phillies. SO, to sum up, saw 2 of my favorite players go, so I am a bit sad. But I will say, seeing tweets from Shane and Hunter thanking the Phillie fans and keeping us up to date on the travels makes it a bit more bearable. Nice to stay connected to them even after they move on. And, of course, the Phillies pull out a gem last night, winning 8-0 over the Strassburg-led Nats (just 3 games too late!), so that made things a bit more bearable. I am slowly adjusting to the changes, and it will likely take a while, but I will follow the Phillies every step of the way, win or lose.

Trade Deadline Is Killing Me

As the baseball trade deadline is roughly 23 hours away, I find myself quite depressed, fearful and anxious. Keeping in mind that I normally suffer for any or all of those symptoms all the time, it may not seem like such a big deal, but it is. Because this time, it’s not just all in my head, they are quite real, and arise from the fact that my team(s) could look quite different tomorrow. Having been a lifelong Phillies fan, their predicament has me quite knotted.  Five of my Phillies fav’s have been the subject of trade rumors, and while some are just plain rediculous, and not going to happen (Rollins, Utley, Howard), others seem quite possible if not likely (Victorino, Pence, Pierre, Blanton, Lee – wait, should Lee be on the other list? Quite likely…). I am resistant to change, so I wish none of them gone. That said, a case could be made that it’s smart to shift Victorino, which I might slightly agree with, but Pence  and Pierre I don’t at all think should be gone. As a Reds fan, living in Dayton, Ohio for the last 30 years, I am also concerned about the moves that Walt might make. I am not one to upset a winning club chemistry, but, that said, if the Reds end up with Victorino, Pence or Pierre, I’d be happier about that than if any of those for-now Phillies ended up on any other team. A lot of anxiety, and it’s compounded by the recent onset of my twitter addiction. Talk about rumors! I can’t quit checking the feed. But it’s tricky, too. It’s taken me a few days to get savvy, but now when I see 1000 re-tweets of a confirmed trade from “Ken RosenthaI” (that’s not an “L”, but a caps “i”!), I know better. Now I’m hip to the “i” for an “L” trick. Live and learn… Bottom line – sad to see Phillies players depart, but they probably will. BUT I DON’T WANT THEM TO. And Reds, DON’T CHANGE A THING, PLEASE. But they probably will. So, if I don’t survive the next 23 hours, at least you’ll know why. But I hope I do, so I can See HOF Marty shave his head this Friday. So go Reds, and OMG Phillies (night off tonight)! To all the Phillies today who won’t be tomorrow, I sincerely thank you for all the excitement. It’s been a great run, but please know I love you win or lose.