Gotta marvel at the series of moves in Phil-a-elphia sports over this weekend. Though the Iggles GM Howie Roseman keeps pulling rabbits out of a helmet, the Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. captured my heart by snaring Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros.
Just love seeing Pence in red pinstripes, and as much as he’ll add defense, an accurate arm, and intelligence to the basepaths, his key role will be in bolstering this year’s highly inconsistent Phillies offense. Howard, King of the Garbage Stats, is likely to see better pitches with Pence hitting behind him. Was it a coincidence that Howard got 4 hits, 3 of them for extra bases, in Pence’s first game? Not sure, but can’t recall the last time Howard had a 4 hit game. All the cliches are true – this gives the lineup a better balance. Phils fans are going to love Pence’s “lunch pail” work ethic, etc. Who ever thought that Philadelphia sports teams would be characterized as “The Rich Get Richer”? Now if only the Sixers could find some cash ….