Controversy in Phillies Camp!

Jonathan PapelbonJonathan Papelbon made a few comments about a lack of leadership this week and everybody outside the Phillies clubhouse wanted details.

What the heck is happening in Clearwater?

Truth be told, Papelbon’s comments barely made a ripple in camp because he essentially said what everybody already knew: they lost a lot of their leadership because of injuries. You lose Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay and that is going to hurt. You know what else hurt? All of the other injuries. That is why Jimmy Rollins said he agreed with Papelbon’s assessment. It is also why he said it’s nothing to take offense to.

But to give you a peek at reality, it was interesting (and a little surreal) to watch ESPN’s SportsCenter cover the story this morning. (Note: This isn’t about ESPN, just about perceptions of what’s happening from the outside.) Papelbon’s image flashed on screen and Phillies players quieted down to watch and listen. They heard Papelbon discuss his comments on camera, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel followed with his own thoughts on camera. It all seemed very serious, like there is a real controversy brewing here. Then ESPN showed a quote from Rollins, which was read by SportsCenter host Stan Verrett. The quote ended with, “The glue is back together. You can have a lead singer, but without a man playing the guitar and drums, it’s a different band.”

When Rollins made that comment to reporters yesterday it sounded perfectly fine, but with a certain amount of gravitas behind it, it sounded quite silly. And that is why every player in the clubhouse erupted in laughter when Verrett finished reading it. Rollins smiled and took a quick bow.

Controversy? Nope, not really. But it’s something fun to talk about, I suppose.

2 Comments

Another great piece. It did seem a bit silly to me when everyone jumped to arms over Pap’s comments.

Gertrude Stein, speaking of Oakland, CA many years ago, said, “There’s no there there.” The same could be said of the 2012 Phillies. It was a collection of baseball uniforms, but with nothing holding the team together. 2013 already feels different. Utley and Howard are back. The new acquisitions know what’s expected of them. Yes, there are questions in the outfield, but potential answers are out there. Stay focused, Phillies. Persevere, and you’ll make some noise and some news in the NL East.

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