New manager Kapler plans to 'bring that effing trophy back' to Phillies
Gabe Kapler is itching to go in Philadelphia.
The former outfielder was officially introduced as the 54th manager in Phillies history Thursday, and it didn't take long for fans in the City of Brotherly Love to learn that Kapler absolutely disdains losing in all its forms.
Despite his sentiments, Kapler chose to take over a Phillies team that's rebuilding and coming off its third straight 90-loss season - but don't think he's not already looking ahead to better days. He showed off his "ultra-competitive" personality during his introductory press conference that hinted at just how far he'll go to bring a winner back to Citizens Bank Park.
"We're not going to leave any stone unturned to find our competitive advantages. We're going to think traditionally, and we're going to think progressively," Kapler said, according to Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com. "We're going to mold those two things together.
"And all of this is in an effort to bring that effing trophy back to (owner) John Middleton."
Those are strong words from a first-time big-league manager who's joining a brand new organization. But the 42-year-old Kapler wants his new charges to bring that same kind of intensity and lust for winning to the ballpark every day next season and make it a trademark of Phillies baseball going forward - in the style of former Phillies great Chase Utley, who worked with Kapler in the Dodgers organization this past year.
"I was lucky enough to get to know Chase a little bit in Los Angeles, and I saw him prepare in the clubhouse," Kapler said. "It was unbelievable how much intent and how much intensity he prepared for the game with, and during the game how much effort he put in.
"And that's how we're going to play baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies going forward. We’re going to play with that same level of intent, and that same level of intensity, that Chase played with."