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Marlon Byrd claims Phillies aren’t old, needs a dictionary

Jan 26, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT

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Say what you want about the Philadelphia Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., they’re not worried about perceptions. The organization’s relentless pursuit of players approaching their 40s is both funny and sad at the same time, but people affiliated with the team still seem to believe in what they’re doing, or at least they act like it.

Take Marlon Byrd, one of the newest members of Philly’s 35-and-older crowd. Our sources tell us the Byrd can give Amaro a run for his money on the shuffleboard court, and the veteran outfielder is already challenging for who can make the most upbeat comments about the 2014 Phillies.

In fact, Byrd’s talents in this area might be unrivaled. Why, he’s only been here a couple of months and has already moved on to making delusional statements about the age inside the clubhouse. Via Corey Seidman for CSNPhilly.com:

“All of us do. You keep hearing old, old, old … we’re not an old team,” Byrd said. “We can still play. Once you can’t play, then you’re old. We still have a lot in the tank, we just to have to show that and stay healthy.

“If I was a fan I’d rather have Robinson Cano, I’d rather have [Masahiro] Tanaka. I want those guys. Ruben [Amaro Jr.] wants the guys who he thought would help his team.

“And until we get on the field and actually get to show it … the fan base is kinda looking at this team like, ‘In two years we need to get back to the promised land, we need 10 Robinson Canos. We need the best lineup and a whole staff full of Tanakas.’

“I think they’ll be happy once we get on the field and start to produce.”

I tend to be something of a Phillies apologist at this point in time. Amaro is trying to do the best he can with the costly, aging core he left himself, and yeah, if miraculously everyone stays healthy, Byrd might be right—this team could surprise a few fans.

To pretend they aren’t an old team though is outrageous. If Byrd wants to debate whether old is a bad thing or not, there are plenty of folks willing to have that debate, but how do you even respond to somebody who flat out denies that by Major League ballplayer standards the Phillies are friggin’ ancient?

>> Byrd denies Phillies are old: ‘We can still play’ [CSN]

  1. yyc131 - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug!

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  2. BenE. - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    I agree with Byrd that the Phillies will surprise us and win 65 games.

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    • The Mac - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Nah, I think they’ll do better than 65 games… maybe 80-85 wins. But any chance of a playoff dream is pure fantasy.

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      • LarryRep - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Phils will win the division

  3. Simmonds17 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Did anyone actually read the article about Byrd? There was some interesting stuff in it, including he continued to root for the Phillies when he was traded away, he was in the stands supporting the team during the 2008 postseason, and he moved back to the area. (I think Cole Hamels is the only current Phillie who lives in the area year-round now.)

    Does anybody care about stuff like that, because I do. He and Abreu both wanted to come back here. I love stuff like that. We can all grouse about the bad contracts and the reality that this team probably won’t contend for a playoff spot this year – but can’t we still appreciate the positives when they come around?

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  4. Mr. Bob Dobolina - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    “Ruben [Amaro Jr.] wants the guys who he thought would help his team.”

    Couldn’t Nelson Cruz have help the team a lot more?

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    • Mrs. Bob Dobolina - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Get back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich?

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    • willh888 - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      ah my favorite man sittin over there

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  5. LarryRep - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    The Phils will not only win the division,but may make some noise in the playoffs if they stay healthy……

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    • J Peterman - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      I agree with you,the phils to make the playoffs ,but to win the division,?I don’t Know we will have to wait and see.

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    • hft - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:26 AM

      LarryRep – you been doing too many drugs too???!!

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  6. sw - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    Byrd is SURE to fail his first drug test after that comment……

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  7. Jim Anderson - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Why do people try to predict records in sports? I guess boredom sets in waiting for the upcoming season and that’s all we have to do, as far as sports are concerned. Last summer in the NFC East all sports writers were picking NY Giants and The Washington Redskins to win the NFC East. Remember? However, Washington dropped to arguably the worst team in football. And Eli Manning..lol, what a debacle. And then there were the lowly Eagles who had only won 4 games the season before. Most experts and fans said 5 or 6 wins would be a huge success for this team with a new head coach. Bam, 16 games later they are in the playoffs and gave N.O. a heck of a game. This is just one of the many, many examples out there every year of teams overachieving, underachieving and the bizarre happenings in between. Some things in sports are definite, The Phillies however, have enough good players, that “IF” healthy, could make some noise, regardless of what the so called experts rant about. By the way, they are not experts, some one just gave them a job to write about sports, it does not mean they can predict the future as we see time after time.

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