His was the voice that roared.
But there was a method behind the bombast.
Dallas Green knew what was inside the 1980 Phillies. He just had to find a way to get it out of them, to shake up a complacent bunch of under-performing superstars.
Luckily, Green had just the tool he needed.
A voice that could peel paint off the wall.
Dallas Green was a no-nonsense baseball man.
Maybe that's why he had such a connection with Philly fans. They unabashedly loved him.
And maybe that's why his passing this week, just as the Phils prepare to head north for another season, hits us so hard, similar to the way we felt about other Phillies icons Harry Kalas and Whitey Ashburn.
We used our editorial page
today to pay homage to a local hero.
That one's easy.
Dallas Green made us winner.