If you’re anything like us here at Spike’s Trophies, you were extremely relieved when Major League Baseball’s All-Star break rolled around. As you might already know, your favorite purveyor of exceptional custom engraved plaques, trophies, awards and more is headquartered in Philadelphia, home to maybe the most frustrating team in the majors right now.
The Phillies absolutely needed a break after what turned into an infuriating first half, which involved a seemingly endless losing streak and the loss of first place — even second place — in the National League East. As eternal optimists who love our team, we can’t help but think they’ll eventually rebound in the second half and be the team we expected them to be at the start of the season.
On that gloriously sold-out Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park, where hundreds, maybe thousands, of fans donned Bryce Harper jerseys, who would’ve thought that J.T. Realmuto would’ve been the only Phillies player repping our city at the All-Star Game in Cleveland?
But here we are. We’re trying not to get discouraged by Jake Arrieta, who looked pretty rough before it was revealed he’s pitching — and will continue to pitch — with a bone spur in his elbow. We’re trying not to worry about what that means for a pitching staff that has already underperformed. We’re trying not to get upset about what happened immediately after the break, with the Phillies losing two in a row to the division rival Nationals before Maikel Franco ended the series on a high note with a walkoff homer in Game 3.
We’re trying not to pay attention to how well the Nationals and Braves are playing, concede the division and just start setting our sights on a Wild Card bid.
…Don’t get us wrong. We’d certainly be happy to make the playoffs at this point!
At Spike’s Trophies, we know baseball, and we know how fine the line is between catching fire and falling out of contention. We also know that trade-deadline deals can completely reinvigorate a team, and we know that Phillies management — which boasted of having “stupid money” and went all in on high-ticket Harper in the offseason — is extremely motivated to give Philly fans a winner.
And finally, we know Phillies history. As a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article pointed out, the 2007 Phillies also fought through a disappointing first half that saw them finish .500, thanks in part to poor pitching. They also battled back to win the NL East, erasing a seven-game deficit in the standings in the process.
How exciting would it be to see Phillies GM Matt Klentak deal for some pitching help, for Bryce Harper to get as hot as the weather, and for the 2019 Phillies to silence all their critics with an epic second-half surge?
We believe it can happen. As you know if you’ve visited this blog before, Spike’s Trophies is not only a place to find the best selection of custom engraved name tagson the internet, we’re home to some of the most passionate sports fans in Philly!
By the time you check back next month, the trade deadline will have passed. Our fingers are crossed we get to discuss a successful trade deal — better yet, deals — and a Phillies resurgence against the odds.