Tuesday, November 29, 2011
2000 Phillies Team Issue #7 Terry Francona
My Dad and I always felt Wade got a bum rap in Philly.* Hall of Famer Pat Gillick was at the helm when the Phillies finally cracked the postseason in 2007, but it was Wade who helped construct the core of that team and the 2008 World Champions. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, Brett Myers and Pat Burrell were all drafted and developed during Wade's regime. He hired Charlie Manuel to manage the team, and that's worked out pretty well too.
During his four-season run as the Astros GM, Wade was often criticized (chastised? mocked?) for populating his team with ex-Phillies. He pulled off three blockbuster deals with his former team and his former mentee, Ruben Amaro, Jr.:
1. November 8, 2007 - Traded Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett to the Phillies for Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary and Mike Costanzo.
2. July 29, 2010 - Traded Roy Oswalt to the Phillies for J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar.
3. July 29, 2011 - Traded Hunter Pence to the Phillies for Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana.
Only time will tell if any of those prospects will pan out for the Astros.
I could be wrong, but I think the card featured here is the only instance of Ed Wade appearing on cardboard. That's his head creeping out from behind Terry Francona. Of course, both men are now unemployed, giving them plenty of time to get together and reminisce about the glory days of the 1997 to 2000 Phillies. Or not.
*Don't get me wrong here. His firing by the Phillies after the 2005 season was a necessity if the team was going to move forward. I just think he deserves some credit for assembling the core of what has become a powerhouse team in the National League.