There is plenty of blame to go around for this. Injuries for starters. Ruben Amaro Jr. shit the bed with this season's roster. He paid no attention to the bullpen, other than Papelbon (who has been good) and getting duped into thinking Chad Qualls was good. And the players haven't helped. The Phillies defense has been way off par compared to the teams of the past five years, and has let the team down at key moments. The hitters are still absolutely clueless when it comes to situational hitting, despite the fact that everyone knew that the power numbers would be down and that this team would have to find ways to manufacture runs.
As the problems continue to mount and and this disappointing season continues to drag on it just seems more and more like the attitude of Mr. Kendrick and his stupid comments might just be representative of the entire team. Yes people get hurt, and yes players get older and may lose a step, and yes you might run into bad luck, and yes your front office may make some mistakes, but one thing that you can control and have as an advantage through all of that is attitude. Never quit. Hustle. Play with heart, passion, intensity, and pride. Have fun. The Phillies of 2007, 2008, 2009 had that. The Phillies of 2012? I'm not so sure.