"[Cole’s] not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that means he’s not going anywhere."
— It’s amazing to hear Jimmy Rollins say this…especially since he’s maybe the last guy left from the time when this was decidedly not so.
"I thought I was on this Earth to entertain people on the baseball field, which I was pretty good at. As it turns out I am here for something else and that assistant company called it predatory lending recovery. I can now show people how they can save their homes, ok?"
"The Phillies are a model franchise, and if you can’t appreciate what they are doing, then I think you’ll never appreciate anything the franchise does. 3 straight division titles. A World Series ring. The best pitcher in baseball begging to come to your team and signing a below market level deal. A stocked farm system. One of the best scouting departments out there, which consistently finds under the radar bargains and steals in the draft, and a Latin American program churning out solid prospects for $100-300K a pop, while other teams are spending huge 7 figure amounts and seeing less return for their investment. A packed ballpark, and a payroll near the top of baseball. 10 years ago, the Phillies had to beg overpriced, average free agents to come to the team. Now, players can’t wait to play here."
It’s a bittersweet day for Phillies fans. We all knew he wasn’t in their long-term plans. We all knew the Raul Ibanez signing was the effective end of an era. But somehow it didn’t feel official until today.
Best of luck, Pat. We’ll miss ya. Maybe we’ll see you again in October?