Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/13/12
Juan Pierre’s hustle and back up catcher Eric Kratz’s game-tying home run brought a smile to my face in an 8-7 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, it is not the same as if the Phillies were four games back. The Phillies are 52-62, again 10 games below .500, they are 18.5 games behind Washington and 12 behind the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates (a real feel-good story). Even so, I plan to go to one more game this season, just for the baseball experience. But the Eagles were a welcome distraction, as they used to be, when things broke bad for the Phillies this year. Would Cole Hamels signed the big contract after the sweep in Atlanta? Charlie Manuel is on a contract year, Shane Victorino did not play well enough on his contract year, was shipped to Los Angeles (where he took the roster spot of one Bobby Abreau), and Hunter Pence, who homered in yesterday’s game for the Giants, cost too much money. It all has to do with the salary cap. While the first year is 22.5 percent of revenu...
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