Old habits die hard, just ask former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
Visiting Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being fired as the organization’s general manager, the two sides got a good chuckle out of Amaro Jr. accidentally walking into the Phillies home clubhouse instead of the visitors clubhouse Wednesday night prior to the Phillies home stint with the Boston Red Sox.
“Oops…I don’t think I’ve even been to the visitors clubhouse, my bad guys,” Amaro Jr. said to the amused group of Phillies who were lounging around prior to the game, speaking with members of the media.
“Oh, and someone tell Mickey Moniak I’ve traded him to the Mets for Curtis Granderson. We need some power at the corners and they needed young talent. Should be a win-win.”
When asked if he was angered that Amaro Jr. walked into the wrong clubhouse and traded the organization’s most promising prospect for a declining veterans, Phillies head coach Pete Mackanin didn’t seem to be too perturbed.
“That’s just Rube, you know? He got into a routine here when he ran things, you can’t fault him for that. How many times do you think he walked from his office into this clubhouse during his time as GM? How many times did he agreed to a horrendous trade of a promising young prospect to take on an expensive veteran in the decline of their career? You can’t be angry at that,” he said.
At press time, Amaro Jr. was seen working the phones to try to swing a deal to bring Ryan Howard back to Philadelphia.