Look: it is almost September, and we are all very tired. This team’s up and down, show/no-show routine is getting exhausting, for no one more so than the poll takers measuring fan confidence.
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What is it we are supposed to be confident in at this point? Sure, some of the Phillies are looking really good right now. But right now so quickly becomes tomorrow, and tomorrow is a day when no good players can show up. There’s not much to rely on, other than, I assume, the fact that this team is going to keep itself just a hair out of contention long enough to make them a mathematical threat for the rest of the season.
That being said, fan confidence dipped a bit this week, down from the rebound we saw the previous week, going from 25% of fans polled saying they were into what the team was doing, down to about 21%.
Faith in manager Gabe Kapler has remained steadily in the teens, however. While it has been bench player and .213 hitter Sean Rodriguez in the news for his comments about fans being too “entitled,” whatever the hell that means, Kapler’s numbers have not reflected the recent obscuring of his blame by his talkative utility infielder. Manager confidence among the Phillies fans polled went from 17% to 18% in the last week.