I read an article one of the Athletic interviewed Nick Williams in and while he’s definately sad and knows he’s the odd man out , he at least knows this is for the greater good and wasn’t super butthurt. Basically was like this is a sport, this happens and I’ll try and keep my head up.
Honestly I’d keep him as a bench bat unless you can guarantee something solid in return; if Cutch needs some breathers you can platoon him in and some depth would probably be a good thing for us. I know we need arms at this point so if he can be traded for SP, great, if not let’s just hold onto him a bit.
As a side note, my shower thought: People in general have no patience and baseball is the slowest sport, probably IMO the least popular here in the city (Birds - Sixers - Flyers- Phil’s) and a lot of the city (rightfully so) are getting caught up in the Bryce Hype. You could probably argue it’s more popular than the Flyers but our hockey fans are really, really dedicated and I feel like a lot of people casually watch the Phils but don’t understand the sport much at all and get bored quickly if they’re not seeing consistent action.
I really hope they exercise some patience and don’t expect him to be hitting bombs every AB and start to get upset and turns sour as he adjusts. I heard one caller on WIP yesterday say we wasted money and this was an embarrassment of a deal and they asked him who he would rather spend it on and he was like “I don’t know man, those free agent pitchers - we should of got them”. They asked him to name them and he couldn’t. Point is, people don’t know what’s going on as much in the baseball world and just see we paid Harper boatloads of $ and expect instantaneous results. I think those expected results will come in time, but we’ll see.
This city has a perceived personality of being a**holes if you’re not delivering (will agree we’re a rough but passionate bunch) - and while I think he will eventually pan out to what we think he will, I think we (Philly) need to have realistic expecatarions and just be pumped we managed to land a superstar (finally) for the rest of his career. For awhile, especially during the Bron saga, there was a feeling we were an undesired location compared to the big cities, still think that’s the case but this definitely helps our cause.
End of rant, sorry for the novel response, this is awesome and I can’t wait for this era of Phillies baseball. Presser, on Saturday followed by the jerseys release, Show 19 cover officially has Bryce in a Phils uniform...life’s good. NL East is going to be fun to watch this year.