If your starting pitching breaks down, you have to out hit the Yankees. That is exactly what the Phillies did last night as Chase Utley entered October lore by tying Mr. October for the most home runs in a World Series.
So, what is aiding in making the Phillies so great of late? Let’s take a look at the front office. Pat Gillick has left his mark on this ballclub. Wherever Pat has gone, so has success. He led the Blue Jays to back to back titles in 1992 and 1993, took the Orioles deep into the playoffs in 1996 and 1997 then helped turn the Seattle Mariners around from 1999 to 2003. All three of these teams have not seen the post season since Pat departed as GM. The only caveat to this, he retired in 2008 from the Phillies and here we are 2009 with the Phillies in the World Series. It appears the streak has been broken.
Gillick was able to achieve success without the use of blank checks, such as the Phillies opposition. It is interesting to see how successful ball clubs can be with a stable and visionary front office. I do hope that Jack Z can bring that same level of success to the Seattle Mariners. According to what we saw in 2009, we are headed in the right direction.