Jermaine Mitchell was key to IronPigs success, apparently

Jermaine Mitchell is the meaning of life. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Phillies' triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, are sitting at .500; not too entirely worse than their parent club at the moment.

Their 50-50 record, literally, is the product of a recent slide that's seen them lose 11 of their last 16 games. 'Pigs broadcaster Matt Provence explained the slump this afternoon.

That's right. As always, it all comes down to 28-year-old outfielder Jermaine Mitchell's involvement. He's like a baseball spirit, traveling from triple-A affiliate to triple-A affiliate, turning things around and making guys believe in themselves again.

"Don't go, Jermaine," they say, as he slings his bat and glove over his shoulder and hops a passing freight train out of town. 

"Don't you see?" he replies with a gentle smile. "You don't need me. The baseball talent was inside you all along."

(They then lost 11 of 16, though)