But what's the standard of comparison? That's the sort of inconvenient question I try not to ask when I read a sports story like this one:
Now really is the time for the Phillies to win the NL East.
Come to think of it, those two words wouldn't look bad on a T-shirt.
The No Excuses season of 2004 begins this morning when the best pitching staff the Phillies have assembled in more than a decade takes the field at the Carpenter Complex. (emphasis added)
I don't often write about baseball, but it's something I follow quite closely; because of a conspiracy of geography and youth, I'm an ardent Philadelphia Phillies fan, which many years means the best part of the season is spring training. Still, I'm optimistic (I always am) and, after all, this is the best pitching staff the Phillies have assembled in more than a decade...