Oct 272010
Phillies ace Roy Halladay

Phillies ace Roy Halladay

October 27:

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Phillies limited partner, Alexander ‘Whip’ Buck, 80

October 27 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Nothing about the Phillies’ ownership operation is expected to change with the death Sunday of Alexander “Whip” Buck, one of the three brothers who formed the Tri-Play Associates portion of the team’s limited partners.

“Nobody here has really talked about it, but I don’t think it will change in any way,” Phillies president David Montgomery said.

Buck’s older brothers – J. Mahlon Jr. and William – will continue as limited partners under the Tri-Play Associates name. The Buck brothers became part of the Phillies’ ownership group in 1981 when current chairman Bill Giles put together a group that purchased the team from Ruly Carpenter for slightly more than $30 million.

Alexander, the youngest of the three Buck brothers, was 51 at the time the team was purchased.

The other initial owners of the team were Taft Broadcasting Co., which owned Channel 29 and other media outlets at the time; J.D.B. Associates; Fitz Eugene Dixon, who once owned the 76ers; and Rochelle Levy, the wife of Bob Levy, who owned Atlantic City Race Course.”

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Cliff Lee wanted to face Phillies, but Giants will have to do

October 27 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon:

“Cliff Lee mulls and measures his words as he does his pitches, so you can imagine the dropped jaws that met his response when asked how he watched the Phillies’ NLCS with the Giants.

“I pulled for those guys individually,” he said. “But I didn’t mind seeing them get beat, either. Just because they got rid of me.

“That is what it is.”

On the brink of his second consecutive Game 1 start of the World Series, baseball’s most lethal hired gun caught the media by surprise with his comments yesterday, maybe caught himself by surprise a little, too. Alarm crossed his face as his response took a left turn from “mixed emotions” to very pointed ones about his half-season in Philadelphia. He still likes his old Phillies teammates, he said, was effusive in that praise, even used them to quantify his appreciation of his new ones.

But he’s still angry at the organization, still feels the odyssey that took him from Philly to Seattle and then to Texas was avoidable.

“What’s weird,” he said, “is that part of me wanted them to win. So I could face them in the World Series, too.

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Halladay’s Series dream died suddenly

October 27 Camden Courier-Post:

“Roy Halladay has been in this position for each of the past 13 World Series, yet this time it’s very different.

Relaxing at home while two other teams play for the title is old-hat — it’s what Halladay did throughout his tenure in Toronto — but being so close, only to watch his goal of reaching the World Series slip away unexpectedly, is completely new.

“It’s definitely the most fun I’ve ever had, and it’s bittersweet,” said the Phillies ace, who won Game 5 of the National League Championship Series and then watched as his team was eliminated two days later. “The goals we had as a team, you come up short of that, and that part is tough. But I think what we accomplished as a team, it’s stuff I’ll never forget. The whole year was a dream come true for me.”

The personal highlights were numerous.

Halladay won his first start with his new team in convincing fashion on April. 5. Less than two months later, he was celebrating a perfect game in Miami. He pitched in the All-Star Game, won 21 games — the first Phillies pitcher to top 20 wins in nearly three decades — and then threw a two-hit shutout to clinch the division. That’s his favorite 2010 memory, he said.

Even the postseason started out as well as anyone could have imagined, with Halladay throwing a no-hitter in his first playoff appearance. It was only the second time a pitcher had thrown a postseason no-hitter, and the game keyed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati in the division series.

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Greed and great expectations

October 27 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez:

“The most famous quote from Wall Street is delivered by Gordon Gekko. It’s a line that’s been recited countless times since Oliver Stone’s malfunctioning morality tale was released in 1987.

“The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good,” Gekko says.

Days after the Phillies unexpectedly were bounced from the postseason, it’s the rest of Gekko’s monologue, the forgotten and overlooked parts, that makes the most sense: “Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind.”

When the Phillies won the World Series in 2008 and then reached it again in 2009, the organization did something remarkable and even more difficult than simply reaching the championship in two consecutive seasons. The real feat was how the team changed the way Philly fans think and what we expect.

For a while there, some of us lied to ourselves. We said one championship would be enough. It wasn’t. We want more. We’ve become greedy. There’s no use denying it.

“I think this year for us in general was a successful year,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “but it was a disappointing finish because our expectations were that we were going to be the World Series champions.”

How can it be a successful season when, by the GM’s own admission, the finish was disappointing because the team failed to meet its own expectations and win a championship? Maybe the year wasn’t a complete flop or failure, but it wasn’t a success, either.

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