Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. rips fans who ‘don’t understand the game’
With the Philadelphia Phillies sitting at 19-28 and arguably seem destined for a third straight losing season, talk has turned away from the team enjoying success this summer to its plans at trading away expendable players, including Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley and giving young prospects an opportunity to develop at the big league level.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. recently discussed the team’s approach regarding to those two related issues with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury. While Amaro indicated the team has ideas on how to proceed, he did take a moment to rip fans who question the so-called “plan.”
Saying he believes the team will be “conservative” with its young prospects by no rushing them, Amaro didn’t hold back when ripping fans who are unhappy with that decision.
“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. “They don’t understand the process. There’s a process. And then they bitch and complain because we don’t have a plan. There’s a plan in place and we’re sticking with the plan. We can’t do what’s best for the fan. We have to do what’s best for the organization so the fan can reap the benefit of it later on. That’s the truth.”
Amaro obviously is on the right tract when it comes to the knee-jerk, armchair-general managing that fans are typically inclined to engage in. Still, it’s never a good idea for a man in his position to take shots at fans and insult them over their impatience with the team. His comments are made even more damnable given he is the one responsible for what has turned into a protracted rebuilding process that seemingly is without direction, much less any semblance of progress.
As far as the manner in which Amaro’s critical comments will be interpreted by Phillies fans, many will ascribe the old saying, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Others, though, will likely have a far more colorful things to say about Amaro’s thoughts.
[H/T Hardball Talk, image credit: Phillies Nation]