My nephew Drew and I argue about baseball. He’s a smart guy — a Harvard man who played baseball at LaSalle High School and Harvard. He dosen’t like Amaro and thinks he makes mistakes.
I say Drew, you can’t know baseball, have an opinion and be right all of the time. Nobody is right all of the time, not me, not Ruben Amaro, Jr., or any other GM in baseball.
Take me, first.
* I wanted to move Cody Asche back to the minors and get San Diego’s Chase Headley.
* I said the Phillies have enough talent to win the East.
* I thought Papelbon should have closed against the Mets after 21 pitches in two nights.
* I said Amaro, like George McCellan, General of the Army of the Potomac, has a case of the slows.
* And 3 years ago I thought Dominic Brown would be a star.
Am I right all of the time? If I was, I’d be precognitive and work for the CIA.
Cody Asche is gaining confidence and taking that beautiful swing — your words, Pete — and creating a spark the Phillies need. On Sunday he hit a three run jack that put the game away in the seventh.
Asche is hitting .333 (16 for 48) with five doubles, three home runs and 112 RBIs in 14 games in May.
Rollins, hitting lead off, also went yard, as did Byrd and backup catcher, Will Nieves, who hit the second. Sandberg shook up the line up for the second day and it paid off.
And, it was Cliff Lee’s first home win this season. More importantly, Lee got run support.
So we’re back on track. Still only 3 and a half games back of Atlanta — nothing that a little win streak wouldn’t take care of.
Isn’t that what you said, Paul?
An off day Monday, then 3 in Miami. Starting Friday, an 11 game home set against the Dodgers, Rockies and Mets.
I think the team is gaining confidence and coming together.