The Phils have moved from being a laughingstock on the field to being morally bankrupt off of it. If I needed another reason to cancel my season-ticket package at the end of this season, I now have it. Underachievement is bad enough -- this weekend's behavior, from Myers to Charlie Manuel to Gillick, is unacceptable. I'm just glad my daughter is too young to read the sports page. I'd hate to have to try to explain this franchise's shameful and indefensible behavior to her.
More from Bill Conlin, recounting some local history, and the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy.