We needed to do this.
WIP’s Judgment Week will be cathartic. It will be freeing. It will be something that makes us better fans.
Here’s the truth: We’re all wrong about sports. A lot. Me, you, the entire WIP staff, callers, listened. All of us. It’s unpredictable, and sometimes we see things the wrong way or can be stubborn on a take.
And there’s nothing wrong with admitting that, or saying we were wrong.
Here are some big swings and misses I’ve had over the years.
I didn’t dig deep enough to recognize how ill-fitted Kelly was in dealing with people. I overestimated his willingness to adjust. Kelly lost me around the end of his second season (asking Mark Sanchez to throw over 50 times in a season-crippling loss in Washington still boggles my mind), and then made things even worse with a ridiculous offseason.
Kelly did some good things, and won 10 games in back-to-back years. We make him out to be worse than the reality actually was. But I thought the Eagles had a big-time head coach. They didn’t.
Then, of course, he won me over. The calm. The poise. The accurate deep ball. The clutch moments. Nick Foles got better, is an incredible leader and good quarterback. I was wrong before, but won’t doubt him again.
That was my first instinct when Klentak was hired after the 2015 season. The Phillies were (very) late to the party on analytics. They needed to change everything and flip the franchise on its head the way Theo Epstein did in Boston and Andrew Friedman did in Tampa Bay. I was excited for the idea of Klentak, but the reality hasn’t been what was hoped.
The farm system isn’t where it needs to be. Klentak’s eye for pitching is suspect. The rebuild was artificially sped up, leaving the team where it is right now and stuck in the middle of trying to contend in a window it created.
I thought the Phillies had their version of the whiz-kid GM. I was wrong.