Dear Ruben Amaro Jr. (AKA The Smug One,)
First, let me start by saying that I had a great time meeting you and talking baseball, scouting and random behind-the-scenes stories during Baseball 101 this past summer. Oh, you don’t remember. Well, here’s a write-up from that encounter.
Today, however, I am writing this letter to you, but I am not sure if it will fall under a love letter, or hate mail. I mean, I really don’t know.
Ok, let me explain.
I have this love/hate thing going on with you. There are many times over your career that I have loved the moves you made:
- Trading for Cliff Lee
- Trading for Roy Halladay
- Trading for Roy Oswalt
- Signing Cliff Lee.
I even liked the Hunter Pence trade. Mainly because I like Pence, but I still believe that you overpaid for him. But that has to happen sometimes, and Pence is one of the most entertaining players to watch. I mean, even his warm-up swings are awesome.
However, just as often, you do things that drive me nuts and I hate them.
- Trading away Cliff Lee
- Signing Ryan Howard 2 seasons early, and for a ton of money
- Signing Jonathan Papelbon for way more than he is worth
But worst of all is the LIES. All the lies, everyday. I’m at the point that whatever you say, I’m going along with the opposite, since that tends to be the safe path.
And you do it with such a level of Smugness that insane. The good people over at The Good Phight have a Smugness Alert to let us know where you are.
Then things happen that make you look like a genius, but you could have never known. Including the news that Ryan Madson needs Tommy John, which came out while I was writing this letter. There is no possible way that you could have known that he was going to get injured. He might lose fights to chairs, but there has never been an issue with his elbow.
I know you like to work in secret. I know you don’t want the media to leak what you are doing, but there is no need for this constant double-speak that you do.
When Chase Utley was out for as long as he was, we knew it wasn’t anything good. Just tell us that, and not after the reporters noticed that he didn’t show up. With the world of Twitter, everyone knows everything (or at least thinks they do,) as soon as the news happens.
The Phillies’ fan-base may be loud, obnoxious and annoying, but they are not idiots. We know when something is up. Just be HONEST!
This morning Ruben, I hated you. I hated you for your lies, secrecy and deceit. This afternoon, I loved the fact that you passed on Madson because of the news that he will have Tommy John. And tomorrow, I’ll probably hate you again for some other random reason. This is how I view you. This is how a lot of Philly views you.
I can’t seem to stay with just one emotion when it comes to you, which might be why you work so well in Philadelphia.
A Devout Phillies Fan
Karilee Jeantet is lead contributor to A View From Section 116. Follow her on Twitter @kjeantet and @viewfromsec116. Email her Aviewfromsection116@gmail.com.