Hey, I try to pretend I’m a clock when I’m at the plate, but all I get is this ticking sound in my ear. This Albert, guy, he’s amazing. Now there is a superstar first-baseman worth a huge multi-year contract. Look up ambivalence in your Wiki dictionary and you’ll find a picture of Phillies fans this year. In one valence we’re rooting for Albert and the Cards to take it to the Rangers to make us feel that it wasn’t just the Phils who had a tough time with the Cardinals. Nobody could beat them in the playoffs this year. On the other valence, look how much the Rangers missed Cliff Lee. He leaves, and they’re in the Series! No – seriously, the other valence is the danger of the viewpoint that we really don’t need much tweaking for next season — after all the first round loss to the Cards was just a blip on the screen because they simply got hot when we got cold.
Which brings to mind an expression that’s making it’s way around baseball — and you heard it here first. I have to give Charlie Manuel credit for bringing it to my attention during his press conferences. He’ll begin with an observation, and then bridge to another thought by saying “but at the same time …”
Here’s an example: “I still think we have a good linuep, but at the same time we gotta hit”. It signifies an ambi-valent state. Watch out for it becoming the latest catch-phrase for post-game interviews, but at the same time don’t expect everybody to use it.