Son of Phillies Owner John Middleton Speaks, Slams Fanbase For Lack Of Loyalty - Philliedelphia: Philadelphia Phillies News and Rumors

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September 30, 2014


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So when will you renew your tickets? When they start winning again? Just curious.


WE have been loyal but has the team been loyal to the paying customer? Are they doing everything to at least look decent? We, the fans, understand everything he stated and more but we also can't help but wonder if amaro is qualified to be in the position he is. The team is old. And no one is hitting. Is this what they envisioned when signing Howard when and how they did? What about starting pitching? We were paying Hamels, Halliday, and Lee, and now Halliday is gone and now they got Burnett? How old can this team get? They signed Byrd, more age. What have we learned over a century of baseball? Age slows down. The team is mostly over 34. Not many of the older players did anything in august and september. I still think of the Howard contract, signed two years before he hit free agency cuz they were scared he would ask for more? They gave him 25 mil and that's way up there so they didn't exactly get a deal especially if they count the two years after that. I look at the minor leagues and have to wonder if they should have drafted less players that started out as projects with huge upsides IF they panned out, which they didn't, and more drafts of players that are solid picks. The phils have almost nobody ready to come up. Of course they aren't planning to win, there is nobody there to play and not the money is being spent cuz it's wrapped up in old players. And I suspect when those contracts are done this team will quietly go back to spending very little til fate deals them another great hand.

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When there are young players to watch. I really enjoyed the latter part of 2013 because it felt like there was going to be a new atmosphere. Asche, Hernandez, Ruf all playing, and doing pretty well. Asche got to play, but the team buried the other two. As good as Marlon Byrd was for the Phillies, that was one more veteran taking playing time away from young players.


poor little rich man's feelings are hurt because you won't buy season tickets to watch the crap they put on the field.
the need a GM who won't spend their money as if it's just hmmmm don't know the word
he goes and so does all the crap he spent bux to get go with him. Start anew and people will be Loyal again. they have many loyal fans who sit out in the stands watching what?????

Dave Harris

Funny he talks about being a Philadelphian and trashes us about loyalty yet he has pics of him wearing an LA Dodgers hat......you spell Hypocrite M-I-d-d-l-e-t-o-n Jr


Now we can kind of understand the issue with the Phillies. Mr. Middleton, I use the term loosely, needs to stop the (have to retype) the words coming from his mouth. If anyone had any control of the team from the ownership we would not have heard the issue over a certain player that Giles didn't want and the offer of one of the owners to pay his salary.

Face some hard cold facts: No owner is going to tolerate loss of thousands of seats and revenue if they had an interest in money rolling in.

As fans we are not just upset with this year, we've seen 2010.2011.2012, 2013 , get the picture with reduced production and excitement. For Mr. Middleton, please stay in LA or wherever and leave us nasty fans to watch the chaos your father has allowed to develop. We gave us season tickets in 2012 because of the frustration of watching the struggle.


One has to ponder when the dearth of offense will be addressed. I was on board with the pitching moves made by Amaro, but, this team still needs to out score their opponent in order to win. Their drafting has been less than stealth and their reluctance to roll-the-team-over has hurt as well. It should be mentioned that even in WS championship year of 2008 the Phillies set the record for leaving men on base. The Philadelphia fan base just set a record for 257 consecutive home sellouts. That's what you call loyalty !! What this fan base appreciates, and WILL support, is a team that is competitive. The 2013 & 2014 Phillies were not.

D Chandler

The last team to have a black player, very little money speny scouting in latin America or the Far East when other teams do, never statting a player till he is 25...when is the ladt time YOU went to a game pretty boy where you had to buy a ticket...weve been living and dying with this drek for ages...just look at the minir league teams that average 30 + years ...its an embarassment...you SUCK.

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