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Two moves by Philadelphia sports management leaves a sour taste in mouths of fans.

The news came in Thursday afternoon and a feeling of sickness came over Philadelphia Phillies fans all over the region.

The Anaheim Angels had signed stud superstar outfielder Josh Hamilton, the last big free agent fish left on the market, to a five-year, $125 million contract. The Phils had made an offer – three years, $80 million – but it wasn't THE offer.

Then the Philadelphia Eagles decided to place defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the inactive list because of a viral illness – a move that meant Patterson would lose $150,000 in salary. 

This move was really a slap in the face for a player who was fighting back from brain surgery – yes, brain surgery – to play for the Birds once again. Why be so cold to a dedicated player who was the longest tenured on the roster.

Eagles management, which has been dragged through the mud the whole year for its decisions, were blasted by the Philly media and fans all day. Then, late Thursday afternoon, management reversed course, saying Patterson's salary wouldn't suffer. (Ah, the power of the media.)

The loss of Hamilton, though, cannot be reversed. And while it was nice to hear talk from new centerfielder Ben Revere, that wasn't enough to get the juices flowing for Phillies fans about the upcoming season. No Hamilton probably means no playoffs. And no hope.

Phils General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had the cash to get Hamilton and there was hope earlier in the week that the big fish would be reeled in. But now we have to settle for guppies.

The football season will end in January with a losing record for the Birds and the loss of the team's longtime coach. Yet, we can't even get excited about spring training in February with no Hamilton.

At least the Grinches in Eagles management did the right think with Patterson. But the Phillies decided to go the Scrooge route.

Bah Humbug!

Brett Wells December 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Must have been a slow sports week. You're working with a pretty thin premise here.
Intheweeds December 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM
It is absolutely LUDICROUS to compare and call the Phillies as cheapskates for not overpaying Josh Hamilton over $125 million, to the Eagles for their classless handling of Mike Patterson and a grand total of $150k. What an embarrassing article.
kevin December 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
While the notion 'I'm not lucky enough to get paid sick time, so neither should anyone else.' does sound ridiculous on the surface of it, I'm inclined to agree with K.B.- An entire year's worth of money for one day of "work" precludes you from financial hardships. Wildly ironic then that people who make a small fraction of what Patterson does would take pity on him from a financial standpoint.
Degibu December 18, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Oh great! Another "sports writer" who knows less than nothing about anything! Yeah, right. According to this idiot, one man, Josh Hamilton will get the Phillies into the postseason. Oh doom and gloom! One man does not a team make. There's no "I" in team. Hey dude. You're so in love with Josh Hamilton, how about you get together the $125 million since you think thats such a small amount of money. What a loser!
Jeff Lugar December 18, 2012 at 02:53 PM
It's not about the money, Kevin. It's about respect. He has a special clause in his contract that allows the Eagles to reduce (not eliminate) his salary should he go on the non-football-related inactive list. This was to protect them in the wake of his off-season brain surgery should a complication from that leave him unable to play. But he ended up going on for a different reason, the viral pneumonia he contracted. Any other player in the league would still get their full salary in that instance. That he makes a lot isn't the issue; it's that to deprive him of any of it is a slap in the face.

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