Tearing down Philly's culture of losing.

The stadium scene.
April 9 2004 5:23 PM

If You Build It, Will They Shut Up?

They knocked down the Vet. Philadelphia's culture of losing should go with it.

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This is also the first Phillies front office in years to find a team weakness and attack it. By trading for star closer Billy Wagner and signing set-up man Tim Worrell, Wade sent the message that contending isn't good enough anymore. The Phils may well have the deepest bullpen in team history, which will go a long way toward erasing memories of the horrible denouement of the '93 Series.

The improvement in the bullpen should make the Phils at least 5-6 games better than last year's 86-76. They might even win 100 games for the first time since the fans were searching for reasons to heckle Mike Schmidt, which would give them the NL East and home-field advantage in the playoffs in their beautiful new home.

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Phillies fans, it is said, would boo cancer patients, but that's because rooting for the Phillies has so often seemed like rooting against cancer. I don't know how far a new stadium and a winning team can go toward relieving a 100-year inferiority complex, but this century is sure starting off better than the last one.

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