This Philadelphia Phillies' season could be seen from a few years away by all seasoned loyalists and other baseball types. After a mid-season malaise gave way to a managerial exchange all is still not right on the diamond, but some progress is being made.
Some who haven't played, coached or managed the game professionally often chided Charlie Manuel for the chinks in his armor. Personality types who presented themselves as superior to all others believed that 'Cholly' was a bumpkin and proceeded to point out all flaws, both real and imagined, throughout his reign.
Ed Wade, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro, Jr. collectively employed Manuel during their individual tenures as the Phillies' top front office boss. With all due critiques of Wade's past run and Amaro's current campaign, the crowd was strangely silent about Gillick's equal decision to let Manuel run the show.
Of course, the veteran skipper's presence in the 2008 World Series Championship photo also represented pure luck in the minds of all doubters. It's logically impossible to make a full case that the brilliant Gillick was wrong about Manuel and thus an honest word has never been digitally transmitted otherwise.
With Ryne Sandberg in place, the boo-birds are now flying above Amaro. The chirps aimed at his office, located inside the baseball corporation located along Pattison Avenue, are based upon the past few seasonal downfalls. Strangely, this noise resembles the static Manuel heard from some even while he was winning.
'Ryno' currently has the faithful and those who are often cynical on his side. He might be given an indefinite pass by the fans, unless his team truly tanks. This assumes a fairly safe bet as well, that Sandberg's interim manager's tag will be replaced by more permanent employment this fall.
Amaro and Sandberg are hopeful that a number of positive signs seen under the late-summer sky might foreshadow better days. All rational baseball minds surely agree.
One of the most common elements within the character of humanity involves the ability to target real, or apparent, flaws within other souls. Those who have worked in any type of public position know that's part of the game.