Paul Hagen: Before Pat Gillick, the Phillies were a pretty conservative group. They'd occasionally make a splashy move. Gillick, in his understated way, shook up the status quo.
Paul Hagen: The downtown streets are festooned with banners. Chase Field has been all spiffed up. The only thing missing from this year's All-Star Game will be, you know, stars.
Paul Hagen: The reality is that, for the most part, the cadre of Phillies veterans that Ruben Amaro Jr. was banking on have not, to this point, made the sort of significant comebacks that he was hoping for.
Paul Hagen: The NL All-Star team may not be overstuffed with Phillies when the rosters are announced Sunday. Here's an advance look at which Phillies deserve consideration, and a guess on which will make it.
Paul Hagen: This week's announcement that John Kruk will become the latest to have a plaque hung on the Wall of Honor is based on solid, on-the-field achievements. That has been almost overshadowed by Kruk's sense of humor.
Paul Hagen covers baseball for the Daily News.