Welcome to August Bunters!
After spending the past week on the beaches of
, I am ready for all things fall. I don’t know about you, but I am SICK of this damn heat. Sea Isle City
My dad had called me over a week ago saying that the St. Pete Times sports writers all but had B.J. Upton in Phillies pinstripes. “It’s a done deal, Squeak” he said. Adding
Upton to the roster definitely would have been a positive pick up for the Phillies, but I hadn’t heard ’s name discussed seriously in the Philly papers or amongst the ESPN insiders . I kept insisting that RAJ was after Beltran or Pence – not Upton – but my dad was so adamant that I had to wonder if there was something behind the scenes, maybe a failsafe offer should Beltran or Pence not become a feasible acquisition. Who knew what Ruben could pull off prior to 4:00 PM Sunday, July 31st. Upton
As the week progressed, Phillies fans would learn that Carlos Beltran would sign with the Giants, leaving Hunter Pence as THE righty to go after. After
rejected the first offer for Pence, it looked that the Phillies front office had lost in the race for #9 and began to “look elsewhere” for a suitable RH bat to add to the roster. Suddenly, another name had popped up on the radar of ESPN insiders like Jon Heyman and Buster Olney: The Phillies were to go after B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays. “Ain’t THAT some shit” I said to myself. Houston
It seemed suspect at first, as the Rays front office is known to be notoriously quiet. I don’t exactly have much esteem for the St. Pete Times sports writers (really, they suck) but how would they have gotten hold of this story so early in the week when the Phils were very vocal on talks for Beltran or Pence? What the heck was Ruben up to? Did the Phillies ever really consider trading for
or did the mere rumor of talks with the Rays help reignite the fire for a trade for Pence? Upton
There was a really good article last week in the Daily News by former Governor Ed Rendell regarding the place of rumors in not just politics but in sports. To paraphrase, Rendell stated that sometimes it is necessary to start false rumors to achieve what a politician or sports team really wants. I couldn’t help but to think that maybe this was something the Phillies had tried to do. Maybe they never planned on looking elsewhere. Maybe the rumor of potential talks for
Upton was enough to get willing to renegotiate a trade for Pence. However it happened, Hunter Pence to the Phillies allowed Ruben to close out the 2011 trade deadline with a career 3 for 3 record of getting his man. In Ruben we trust. Houston
Have a great week!
PS… YES. My dad calls me Squeak. That doesn’t mean I am allowing anyone else too.