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Philadelphia Phillies: Another opinionated arbitration day arrives

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'Cyber Monday' is the cheeky phrase that online entities created to follow traditional physical 'Black Friday' sales. In the baseball business, today is arbitration day. So, Philadelphia Phillies' fans will be offering countless opinions about what actually is a rather mild calendar date.

General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been roundly criticized for a series of decisions that he's made during the past few seasons. Fans loudly cheered his every move through the 2011 season. However, missing the playoffs since then has apparently caused a number of loyalists to forget their past statements.

The Phillies' organization has a complex history involving those people who claim to support the sport. In more recent years, this unusual fan base has actually been pacified, to a degree.

It can't be honestly claimed that this red pinstriped contingent is completely loyal. But, the suits also can't say that their gathered gang is always fair-weather.

Basically, this section of sports' humanity is a highly-emotional bunch who react to every pitch as though their lives depended on it. They believe that they deserve a championship (in every sport) every season. And they also like to complain when unrealistic expectations aren't realized.

With money in hand and a few years to spare the Phillies tried to buy another championship after the 2008 season. That strategy failed.

Now that five years have passed, the fans are rightly left wondering if better days will arrive during this decade? Because that open-question has no answer, emotionally-based opinions are once again the rage.

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