Anthony Gargano talked about how we can’t keep panicking every time the Phillies lose in his Opening Diatribe this morning….
“Phillies lose yesterday. Whenever they lose, it is a weird sky is falling situation. We almost need to get acclimated to a 162-game season. The last time we experienced baseball, it was heightened. It was playoff Baseball. And it was this epic run. During the season, the die-hards were in, but we weren’t doing the 162-game pledge. Now we are doing the 162-game pledge, but blending it with playoff baseball.
These games happen. It is what happens over a 162-game season… I remember a buddy of mine in baseball. Years and years ago. I forget who it was, but it was one of these managers who had been there forever. We were talking after a game, and he went, “It’s just baseball guys.” I forget who it was, but he just shrugged. Reporters were gathered around in the manager’s office. He just shrugged and said it is baseball. You are going to win 60, and you are going to lose 60. Your fate will be decided in the other 42 games. The other 42 games will dictate your season. That makes a ton of sense to me. Even bad teams will win 60 games. So last night, I take it as that is a baseball loss. It does not negate what happened Monday night against Alcantara.
the only thing that is a bummer goes back to Nola and the blow-up inning. That is the Nola thing that makes him so frustrating. I don’t know what is going to happen with him after the season. But there is certainly a cap to what I would pay him.”