An old friend for the Phillies is quickly turning into a foe. And it’s all because of three words stolen from a current Phillies superstar.
Greg Dobbs was instrumental in the Phillies’ first NL East title in 14 years. But, after leaving the Phillies following the 2010 season, Dobbs is using the line that united the Phillies in ’07 to spark his teammates on the newly-named Miami Marlins.
“I think we’re the team to beat,” Dobbs said. “I want us to be the team to beat, quite honestly. There isn’t any reason we can’t be that team. With the talent and the character and the personality in this clubhouse, I don’t see why not.”
Dobbs did try to avoid going there at first.
“On any given day, any team is the team to beat. I’m not going to say the Phillies are the team to beat. I’m not going to say the Braves are the team to beat. It’s a whole new slate. A lot of things can happen over the course of 162 games, we’ve seen that.”
Ultimately, he wanted to make it clear that the Marlins should be in the Postseason discussion this year, even after a disappointing 2011.
“If we can stay injury free, we’ll be in the postseason,” Dobbs said. “There is no reason why we shouldn’t. That should be our goal. That should be our thought every day, is we’re going to win. We’re going to win, we’re going to win. We’re going to get to the postseason.”
Dobbs isn’t taking a shot at his former team, but it seems that any player that utters the words “team to beat” is doing it with Jimmy Rollins in mind. Dobbs was a complete longshot to make that 2007 team, but did wind up having a big role. Regardless, as soon as the Phillies let him go, he went to a division foe. Now that’s he’s fresh off a new contract signing with Miami, he is only doing his duty as one of their players.
But it always hurts to see someone from another team use the three words that started it all for this current era of Phillies baseball, and more than likely, Dobbs’ next trip to Philadelphia won’t be an enjoyable one.