Dear Philadelphia Phillies,
Let me start off by saying that you have been playing great lately. This is the kind of play that we (the fanbase) expected from you all year. The excitement and the belief that you can actually do this builds up just a little more everyday.
I have to admit, about 3 weeks ago, I finally resigned myself to the fact that there will not be any October baseball in Philadelphia and that September baseball would be meaningless. I have been actively rooting for you to at least have a winning season.
Thank you for not giving up and going quietly. Only 3 games behind with 3 weeks to play, I fully believe!
But we have a very important matter to discuss: the Houston Astros.
I know that you guys do NOT like playing at Minute Maid Park. I know that the Astros have been giving you fits for years. But please remember that this is the 2012 version of the Astros, not the 2005.
Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt are not in their starting rotation anymore. One is pitching in indy ball, one is back in New York and the latter pitched for you for 1.5 years. He’s now with the Rangers.
Hunter Pence is in the City by the Bay, via you. Michael Bourn is in Atlanta. You just got done pitching to Carlos Lee. THERE IS NO ONE LEFT TO MAKE THE GAME INTERESTING!
Most of the players on the Astros’ roster would be in the minors on most teams. The average age of the teams seems to be about 12! A few of them truly belong in the majors (Jose Altuve specifically,) but for the most part, they don’t. These aren’t just September call-ups either.
They have the worst record in baseball. In a few years, after their voices change, they will probably be very good. Tons of young talent down there.
But that is in a few years. Sweep them NOW. You need to win NOW! You cannot control what the Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates do, but you can control how you play.
So play like you have been the last six weeks. Play like the team that has given the city of Philadelphia hope again. Play like the postseason is on the line, because it is.
Play every inning, every at bat, every pitch. Because if you don’t, then you will be golfing in October and Philly will be heartbroken.
Karilee Jeantet is Lead Contributor for A View From Section 116. Follow her on Twitter @kjeantet and @viewfromsec116 and e-mail her AViewFromSection116@gmail.com.