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In defense of Larry

Postby lifeform » Tue Sep 02, 2003 6:01 pm

Larry obviously isn't easy to get along with, but he has provided the Phillies with their first winning seasons since 1993. He's doing something right.

And regarding the Scott Rolen situation: while it seems that both parties were partially at fault, Larry always treated Scotty with kid gloves in the media. There were fireworks in the clubhouse, sure, but Bowa always downplayed it to the press, and still speaks well of Rolen to this day.

Lastly, if Burrell did indeed snub Bowa after the HR, he's biting the hand that feeds him. Burrell's been *killing* the Phils all year with his .200 BA and diminished power numbers. But Bowa has been in his corner all year, even while the local sports media call for Burrell to be traded/demoted.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Tue Sep 02, 2003 8:57 pm

Didn't somebody ask the other day if the Cafe' would be active in the off season....I think we just got our answer.... :-o
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Postby wrveres » Mon Sep 08, 2003 8:00 am

Just thought I would update "Soap Opera Weekly" This one is kinda Funny. Gotta love Cher. :-)
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Sam Donnellon Somehow, Phils find ways to stay alive wrote:
SOMEONE ONCE SAID that if the planet was ravaged by nuclear war, only two things would survive:


And Cher.

Well, add the 2003 Phillies to the list.

They are alive. They have survived some horrific streaks of horrendous baseball. They have been ripped for some bad moves and no moves, and survived some nasty clubhouse in-fighting. They have blown eight-run leads and rallied from impossible deficits. They perform great one night, OK on another, then string together so many klunkers it makes "Half-Breed" and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" seem like Grammy-winning hits in comparison.

They have pitched well and pitched badly, hit well in the second half after hardly hitting at all in the first, and stand, after rallying for a 5-4 victory over the Mets last night, one game ahead of the Florida Marlins with 19 games left to this helter-skelter wild-card race.

On the surface, they would seem an improbable survivor when the regular season ends here against Atlanta on Sept. 28. Half of their veteran infield - Placido Polanco and David Bell - is sidelined with the kind of injuries that need offseasons to completely heal. Last night's infield featured Tomas Perez, Nick Punto and Todd Pratt.

They have no closer anymore. Their highly paid setup man, Terry Adams, also has one of those lasting injuries, a strained oblique muscle, that has kept him from pitching during the Phillies' recent hot streak.

That's right, hot streak. Last night's victory over New York marked the 10th game since Larry blew up in a Montreal clubhouse, the 10th since players reportedly decided on a team bus to play for each other, to play hard after a 1-9 start to their 13-game road trip. They are 9-1 since and, for the time being, are a happy bunch, nothing like the nasty boys from 10 days ago.

They have confidence. They have panache.

They also have seven games in 7 days on the road.

They have lost 17 of their last 23 games on the road.

"Every game for us is big right now," Jim Thome was saying before last night's game. "We definitely need to bear down on this road trip coming up."

The Phillies will play their 21st game in 21 days when they visit Atlanta tonight. They will play four there, three in Pittsburgh before finally getting a day off next Monday, before the Marlins come to town for three of the six games still remaining between the top two wild-card contenders.

The Phillies are, in their manager's words, "exhausted."

"But every team is exhausted at this time," Larry Bowa said.

Like the Boston Red Sox, who out-hit the Phillies in that makeup game last Monday. The Red Sox lost for the first time since that game yesterday, creeping to within 2 ½ games of the Yankees despite a torrid August schedule that consisted of coast-to-coast trips to play Oakland and Seattle.

They, too, say they are exhausted.

But neither team is playing that way.

"It's such a race that you don't know daily what's going to happen," said Thome, who hit .333 on this homestand. "You just approach that day trying to win."

Because his Indians playoff teams always had the Central Division wrapped up by now, all this is new for Thome. And, he said, that's not all bad. His Indians lost to a wild-card team in the 1997 World Series, the Florida Marlins, a team that exhausted itself all the way to a world championship.

Maybe that's why he keeps calling this mad scramble "fun" and "great."

"The thing you always worry about is momentum," he said. "Keep momentum. You always want it. I think that's the unique thing about the wild-card team, and you saw it last year with the Angels. When you win a wild card, usually you do it with about a week to go or even sometimes later down the line. You're playing to win every day."

"We're in the situation everybody wanted to be in when we left spring training. That's being in a pennant race and obviously bring some excitement to the city. It's been great."

Ten games ago Bowa was Bozo. That's what Tyler Houston implied. That's what no one hurried to deny.

Ten games later? Bo knows.

Ten games from now? Who knows? Pennants have been won and lost in such a stretch, reputations made and remade. Five decades after she appeared on Ed Sullivan, Cher's still here, still singing, still wearing those clothes that suggest something, but show nothing. A nuclear survivor.

Nineteen games left and the Phillies are still here, too. Kicked, stepped on, given up for dead like a bug trapped under a shoe.

And still alive
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Postby Madison » Mon Sep 08, 2003 12:23 pm

Even with the crazy clubhouse the Phillies are winning. Just imagine how good they would be if they would quit fighting with each other.
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