Purgatory Online

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

This story from the Associated Press, this column by Jayson Stark, and this other column by Jayson Stark bring back some memories. Essentially, all three describe how the Phillies made Thome feel wanted, so now there's lots and lots of love between them, so of course he'll be a great clubhouse presence and just what the youngsters in Philadelphia need to jell into a contender. To be honest, I don't care all that much what happens - if anything, I'm pulling for them slightly, if for no other reason than to make the NL East exciting - but damned if all this isn't eerily reminiscent of when the Angels signed Mo Vaughn. Mo, of course, is now persona non grata (more like persona maladicta, actually) in Anaheim, but when he was first signed it was tremendous - the Angels' first big free-agent signing since Reggie Jackson (just like this is the Phils' first since Pete Rose), a showing by ownership that they were willing to spend cash to build a winner, etc. All of the same things they're saying about Thome were said about Vaughn. To repeat: I wish Thome and the Phillies luck; it's just funny how things can change so quickly.

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