Ron Costello

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Phillies GM genius Matt Klentak is at the Boca Raton Resort and Club for the annual GM meetings.

Before he left Andy gave the kid his first big assignment, he told him to leak this to the press: We're up for trading Ken Giles.

In baseball speak that means Giles is a goner.

And the Prodigy did. It was in the morning paper. Here's what he said:

"It's not a goal. We're trying as much as possible to collect as many good young, controllable quality players as we can," Klentak said. "But as I said last week and probably the week before that, we're trying to be opportunistic at every turn and trying not to operate in absolutes. I think Ken is terrific. He's great in his role. We want to hold the leads we can hold, but I don't want to categorically say we will or we won't do anything."

Whoa!

The Prodigy has to Philly-down his quotes. The Faithful don't like reading a lot of stuff. Especially, if they don't know what the hell he's talking about.

Lookit, Mr. Klentak, trust  me, in the bars in South Philly, they don't know "categorically." And, they don't quite get "opportunistic at every turn."

Here's what they know: Trade him or don't trade him. Sign him or don't sign him. Win or lose.

In the South Philly Taproom on Mifflin near Broad, they want to know, "Ya f 'en tradin' him or not? Spit it out, you little weasel."

At the corner bar in Pointe Breeze, where you don't go unless you're packin,' they want to send the Prodigy to the Flyers, "Yo, what's this goal bullsh_ _?"

Then the Prodigy said this:

"I think we do need to be conscious, regardless of how many games we win next year, of making sure from a morale perspective we are winning the games that we are in a position to win and I think having a good bullpen, in general, is critical to that," Klentak said.

Believe me, I'm not making this up. And you wanted to give Junior the boot?

A moral perspective? Now, they may know what he's talking about in Queen Village or Villanova, but I can assure our Prodigy they have no freakin' idea at Chickie & Petes, or at the Boot & Saddle on Passyunk.

Or at the Rosewood on Shunk.

"And I will also say when you ask is it a luxury, I think it's a little different when you're talking about a guy with one year of service time. If you were talking about a pending free agent then, yeah, that might be a slightly different situation."

At the American Sardine Bar on Federal — where patrons wolf down sardines with their brewski's — they're confused. Is Giles a free agent? "He's only been here a season, Christ all mighty, you know what I'm sayin'?"

So now the Prodigy has them all confused. He needs to Philly-down his explanations. We know the kid came from Dartmouth, and I bet if you took a poll, three-quarters of South Philly think Dartmouth is a dart board taproom.

"You're kiddin,' that's where he came from? Damn, I bet this kid can play some darts. Yo, Wally, let's get this kid down here for the next tournament"

Sorry, Mr. Klentak, perhaps you should have checked out the City of Brotherly Love before you signed on.

No offense, but this ain't Dartmouth, dart boards or no. But I'll help you out a little, since in I live in South Philly. Here's what you should have said:

"If we get something good we're trading Giles."

That's it. No more, no less.

That's how you Philly-down.

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