With the major league baseball non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching on July 31st, the Philadelphia Phillies added another pitcher named Roy.
For Phillie fans, Christmas came early.
Today they acquired Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt for pitcher J.A. Happ and a few minor leaguers to help them for the stretch run.
In the off season, the Phillies made the biggest splash when they traded for Cy Young Award winner Roy Halliday.
Despite winning the World Championship in 2008 and falling short of winning again last year, the Phillies decided to continue to give their fans what they deserve a competitive product for their loyalty since Citizens Bank Park opened back in 2004.
They have arguably the best modern ballpark in baseball.
They've had standing room crowds in excess of 45,000 day in and day out, night in and night out.
They have the best mascot in all of baseball and all of sports for that matter in the Phillie Phanatic.
I wrote about the ballpark and the Phanatic in a previous post dated May 6th so you can also reference it for further details.
Even though they've been hit by injuries this year the Phillies are treading water.
With the addition of Oswalt they should be in position to go deep into October again in hopes of bringing the City of Brotherly Love another World Championship.
On the business side of things, this move should guarantee the Phillies sell out all their games next year as well.
By putting themselves in position to win, they will be taking deposits for next year so that will enhance their bottom line now and later.
They have signed a number of their core players to long term deals which is a rarity in this day and age.
With that being said, it further proves the Phillies are committed for the long haul.
I tip my hat to the Phillies organization.
That's the way royalty prefers to operate.
They're first class in my book.
If you want to see Citizens Bank Park I do have plans to go there a few more times this season.
Let me know and I'll make it happen for you.
If you're a baseball fan this is definitely an opportunity for you.
Thank you for reading and following along.