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Thursday, September 11, 2008

The O Zone...

Today is a day to reflect back on what transpired on this fateful date in our country's history and to look ahead to what may be a very long off season for the Fightins.

September 11th
Not Just Another Day

Kramer: What's today?
Newman: It's Thursday. Kramer: Really? Feels like Tuesday.
Newman: Tuesday has no feel. Monday has a feel, Friday has a feel, Sunday has a feel....


Fans of Seinfeld will of course recall this classic exchange. As was the case with most things Seinfeld, this was an example of something we all could relate to. I mean days do have a feel, don’t they?

But it’s not just days of the week that have “feels” associated with them.

How does January 1st feel? Well that probably depends on what you did the night before. How 'bout April 15th? Tax day. Doesn’t mean much cause you always get your taxes filed early, right? Or perhaps you are an habitual late-filer and this date causes you to break out in hives.

July 4th? Cookouts. Burgers. Dogs. Fireworks. Summer. Any of these ring a bell?

October 31st? Halloween. Costumes. Scary ghost stories. Soon as night falls it takes on a whole new feeling, doesn’t it?

December 24th? Anticipation. Excitement. Expectation.

December 25th? Family. Presents. Children. Santa. Snow. A certain euphoria and sense of family comes over us on this day, doesn’t it?

Your birthday? Your spouse's birthday? Your children's birthday?

ALL of these are special days in our lives each with their own unique feel to them.

These are all Not Just Another Day in our lives and on our calendars and in our blackberries and cell phones.

Well I think we must add September 11th to the list.

Right or Wrong, September 11th will NEVER just be another day. It can't be.

For if we allow it to become just another day, then we will have failed. We will have failed to honor those lost that tragic day. Their memory will die. And we simply cannot nor should not allow that to happen.

September 11th? Personally it evokes feelings of: Fear. Anger. Outrage. Bewilderment. Disbelief. Revenge. Shock. Sadness. Innocence lost.

September 11th will NEVER just be another day.

Mark it down.


Let's just go rapid fire with the Phils, shall we...
  • Kyle Kendrick should never start another game for the Philadelphia Phillies, ever. Oh you wanna tell me that he's young and that's why he looks like the way he does on the mound... like he just wrecked his dad's new car and doesn't want to face him? I'll buy that to an extent. After all the kid did make the jump from Double A to the bigs, did he not? But there needs to be a whole lot of toughening up and hardening and maturing for this kid to ever take the ball again if I'm calling the shots.
  • I don't know if the Phillies will make the playoffs, no one does for sure of course. But obviously things are not looking very rosy. I will say this however: IF they do not make the playoffs, I do not want to hear one positive thing about this season... NOT ONE!!! Of course they will do the obligatory highlights reel and they will spin this and spin that cause they have to but... with all the talent on this team and what they accomplished last year, anything short of the playoffs will define this season as a failure. Period. End of story. And please, spare us the excuses that the team didn't get enough pitching help down the stretch or injuries or any other excuse they can and will conjure up.
  • With each passing day, I am thinking more and more that either the manager must go or changes must be made to the roster, not major changes per se but perhaps move a key player. There's no denying that this is not the same team as we saw last year. Last year, there was a palpable aura about this team; hunger, desire, willingness to do all the little things that need to be done to win, at all costs; there was a real sense of "team"; this year: missing team buses, not running out ground balls and fly balls, arguing with the manger on the field and on and on...
Ok, I'm sure I'm gonna hear from some people re: my Phils comments, and you know who you are... so bring it on!

Til next time.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Phillies:

In the immortal words of Sergeant Hulka, "Calm down Francis". Should Kyle Kendrick ever pitch again for the Phillies? Ab-so-freakin'-lutely. Should he pitch again this season? Ehhh.....probably not. Granted the kid has hit a rough spot and agree he has the proverbial "deer in the headlights" syndrome but so did Brett Meyers and he seems to have turned it around. The kid has far too much upside potential to throw away.

There are plenty of positives even if the Phils don't make the playoffs.
Brad Lidge
Jayson Werth
Ryan Howard is gonna strike out over 200 hundred times and still lead the majors in HR's and RBI.
Greg Dobbs

If the Phils don't make the playoffs I think there will be some consideration of a management change but ultimately Charlie Manuel will be back next season.