He was a rough, tough bear when he ran baseball teams, never backing down, not when he managed the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, not in New York as he tangled with George Steinbrenner, no holding back. That was Dallas Green.
He met with media outside the Phillies' spring ballpark Wednesday morning, hiding behind big sunglasses. A tear trickled down his right cheek. He couldn't hold back now, either. He wasn't a baseball man on this day. Dallas Green was just a 76-year-old grandfather with a broken heart.
The Phillies clubhouse was a funeral parlor after the team lost to San Francisco in the NLCS in October. This club, you see, had grown accustomed to being one of the last two standing, and falling short of a third straight trip to the World Series in 2010 was a shock.
Who knows? Maybe the shock was good for the Phils. Maybe the dull gnaw of missed chances — their hitters were 8-for-45 (.178) with runners in scoring position in the NLCS — and the challenge of unfinished business will carry this talented, veteran club back to the World Series in 2011.
Single-game tickets for Philadelphia Phillies home games for the coming season go on sale today.
Single-game orders will be limited to a maximum of eight per game.
Phillies vice president of sales and ticket operations John Weber said in a statement that "the remaining ticket inventory is limited due to our record number season, group and game-pack sales to date."