From “Zero” To Hero in Less than a Week

There’s a lot of things make me wonder about the Phillies. One of them is how some guys just never seem to get a fair shake. Rich Thompson is one of those guys. He’s been in the organization for several years, but has never gotten a chance to play in the major leagues. He played in the major leagues previously with another team but he’s been anguishing in Lehigh Valley since coming to the Phillies.

Thompson is like many other guys in the Phillies farm system, he’s a good player a solid player, and if he played in any other teams organization you have a good shot at making the show. But Thompson doesn’t play in any other organization he played with the Phillies and for some reason the reason I can’t discern he’s never even given a chance to play with the big Philly’s at citizens Bank Park.

Thompson held the record as being the longest I am paid in team history, they even made a big deal last year in the playoffs in saying he was the last “original” IronPig left on the team. But he never got his shot with the Phillies and last week the Phillies dealt him to the Tampa Bay rays.

The Rays didn’t send him “down” they took him right up to the show he went from being stuck in the international league at AAA with the Phillies aans now is playing every day with the Rays. Not only that, tonight his play was crucial to them winning the game.

It was in the 11th inning and the game is tied Constantine to the plate and took one for the team he got hit by pitch. After being hit he took his base then BJ Upton was up, Upton. Smack the ball sending it out into the outfield Thompson who is on first started running as if his life depended on it and it seemed that within seconds he scored to win the game!

He obviously has to speed and ability to play at the major-league level the while of the Phillies let him languish in AAA. I guess only Ruben Amarro knows.

It also makes me wonder how many other guys Mike Thompson have a speed and ability to play at the major-league level and are languishing in the lower levels of the Phillies farm system? Only time will tell. Maybe someday some of these guys will get a chance or maybe they’ll be dealt to other teams and get the big chance.

What I’m afraid of its we have players that are currently playing for the Phillies that are not playing up to their ability or are injured and not able to play as good as they can. What I think is happening is that there’s good players, quality players who could fill in but instead they are left languishing in the farm system. The same guys get traded and go on to have productive careers with other teams.

But what do I know? I’m not a “professional”. But I do know is I hate seeing guys that are talented like Thompson getting stuck in a holding pattern just because of someone else’s opinion of them and because they just weren’t given a chance.

I’m really happy for Rich Thompson. He owns a home in the Tampa area so he’s playing for his home team and what could be better for him? I wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him play at the Trop.

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