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Friday, September 23, 2005
Forget the Past, Frank! Gees. Here's a smart strategy for a newspaper: Rip your readers. (Sarcasm alert.) Go ahead, pile it on. Call them "silly," "irrational," "narrow-minded knuckleheads" and "yelping yahoos" who think things like, "What, the Phillies aren't going to go 162-0 this season? ... Well, then, why the heck should I pay good money to watch those bums?" Even for hyperbole, that's, well, "silly." But Frank Fitzpatrick lobs this point of view in today's "Morning Bytes" column. The Phils are playing great lately, but recently they blew a series against the Astros. Years of frustration have bred fans' lack of faith, and so have all the strikeouts, stranded runners and bad decisions that kept the team about .500 for most of the season. Did like that "yelping yahoos" phrase. Good one. What do you think?