Has Philadelphia Gotten Soft? Anthony Gargano Discusses With Ken Rosenthal
Recently, Ken Rosenthal made some waves in Philadelphia. After Phillies fans gave Trea Turner a rousing ovation, despite his struggles, there have been some accusations we as a fanbase have gotten softer. Would a player getting paid what Turner does have gotten that kind of ovation while struggling as much as he was a decade or more ago? Probably not. So it is fair to say we have changed a bit. But Ken Rosenthal wrote a piece saying Philadelphia has gotten softer. Here is an excerpt from his piece
“This Philly is softer than a soft Philly pretzel. This Philly might as well be Kansas City, the way it’s practicing Midwest Nice. And you know what? This Philly, the kinder, gentler version, is getting results.”
A lot of locals did not take it too well. It should be said, he did not mean it as a insult. He was saying that Philly has evolved and become gentler, for the better. But we don’t necessarily take well to being called soft, even if it is meant as a compliment. And many fans also took issue with some stories he shared about what he claims Philly used to be like.
So Anthony Gargano invited Ken onto his show, to discuss the piece. Has Philly evolved? We know it is not the Philly Ken Rosenthal remembers, but does Anthony Gargano agree with him? Is soft the right word to use? Anthony and Ken discussed the piece, the state of Philadelphia fandom, the ovation we gave Trea Turner and more. But they also got into this Phillies team in general, and the run they have been on recently to get to the top Wild Card spot.
“People see the Phillies as a threat. A dangerous club. And rightfully so. The bullpen in the past has been a weakness. It is now a strength. That rotation, we saw last October when it is right what it can do. The offensive ups and downs have been curious. But there is nothing to say they cant go on a extended run. Bryce Harper is back. Castellanos is hot again. Turner for the first time.
So I like them. I dont know if they are better than the Braves, but I dont know if anybody is better than the Braves… In October, and we saw it last year with the Phillies, it is about getting hot at the right time. If they can do that, they have a shot.”