— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 6, 2020
I am so ready for the 2020 Phillies season. Being a Phillies fan has been a rollercoaster since 2007. From the “team to beat”, to the World Series, to the Rueben Amaro Jr. guided decline, to the miserable last place team. And from the 2012 to 2017 seasons it was more like a roller coaster that went off the rails destined to kill me. But something happened recently. The Phillies have given me false hope. They have started off a few seasons strong before destroying my soul. And if their minuscule amount of success wasn’t enough, they finally got rid of that dumbass Gabe Kapler for a real manager in Joe Girardi.
Even still, questions remained unanswered. Was this team, especially their pitching staff, deep enough to make a run in 2020? Then coronavirus hit. I’m not saying coronavirus might be the best thing that could have happened for the Phillies but like… it kinda was. Zach Eflin usually doesn’t fall apart until the 70 to 80 game mark. 60 games shouldn’t be enough games for Jake Arrieta to get hurt. Rhys Hoskins wouldn’t hit a slump until after the All Star Game and there isn’t one this year. And fingers crossed they can keep McCutchen healthy for 60 games and the playoffs.
The way I see it the Phillies are a first half team and this year there is no second half. That combined with the number of games they have scheduled with the Marlins, Mets, and Orioles I don’t see how the could not go on a run here. 2020 is our year. I don’t care if there is an asterisks on this season. I have been obsessed with the Phillies winning another World Series since they lost in 2009. Start planning the parade because in 2020 the World Series returns the Philadelphia.
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-Jon Sensi (@jon_sensi)