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RAJ's Soliloquy

To trade, or not to trade, that is the question:

Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer

The Slings and Arrows of outrageous WIP drivel,

Or to trade for Arms against a Sea of bullpen troubles,

And by coaching end them: to "die” on the DL, to compete

No more; and by not competing, to say we end

The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks

That a Pennant Race is heir to? 'Tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wished. To die, to tank,

To call up from Lehigh Valley, perchance to get people to the Big Show;

Aye, there's the rub,

For in that sleepwalking through the race, what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this National League coil,

Must give us pause. There's the back-filling

That makes Calamity of so long contracts:

For aging players would yield to the Whips and Scorns of time,

The lineup's wrong, the manager's not Contumely,

The pangs of despised Fandom, Keith Law’s dismissal,

The insolence of jokes as if from The Office, and the Spurns

That philly.com denizens, clearly unworthy, make,

When I myself might use my iphone to make

Over a bare Bullpen. Who would the RedSox or Yankees bear for the Professional,
To support a weary bench or yet even a prospect,
But that dread of losing a cost-controlled contract,
The undiscovered budget, makes it likely the next Michael Bourn
Will not return, puzzling the fanbase,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Hoping for the Big Fly that we know not of.
Thus the Luxury Tax does make Cowards of us all,
And thus the Native hue of Red and White
Is sicklied o'er, with the pale cast of empty seats,
And memories of a great pitch and moment,
With this regard these years and playoffs turn awry,
And lose the name of Team to be Reckoned With.

Soft you now, the fair Utley? Player, thou art the Man!
Be all your skills remembered!

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