Want to start hitting? Fire someone.
After letting longtime hitting coach Milt Thompson go last week, the Phillies have enjoyed a five-game streak the likes of which we haven’t seen in months. But was Milt and his hitting policies, that brought us two NLCS titles, a World Series ring and league-leading season RBI totals, really the problem?
I’ve always hated the superstitions of baseball — the playofff beards, the lucky jersey/jockstraps/pinky finger, not talking about no-hitters. The fact that Manuel seems to agree that firing Thompson was nothing more that grasping at straws doesn’t particularly make it any better.
Many people find the superstitions (lunacy) of baseball players endearing. Perhaps since I am a bit of an athletic headcase myself, I hate a climate and social environment that supports and encourages this sort of play. Especially when it costs a good man his job.