Fans can love (or hate) GMs in a blink 

August, 3, 2011
Ruben Amaro is the toast of Philadelphia after his deadline deal for Hunter Pence; a statue of Amaro will soon be unveiled at Citizens Bank Park. The chamber of commerce in Dallas is planning a parade for Jon Daniels after his acquisitions of Mike Adams from San Diego and Koji Uehara from Baltimore. Atlanta is getting a key made to the city for Frank Wren, and the newest boy genius in Toronto, Alex Anthopolus, has been nominated for Canadian of the Year after making another long-term deal, this time for Cardinals center fielder Colby Ramus. Dinners are now complimentary and all of their favorite restaurants are offering them free bottles of fine wines in appreciation of their hard work. OK, so this might be a slight exaggeration, but you get my point. The fans love them.

Meanwhile, in Orange County (Angels fans), in the Bronx (Yankees fans) and in the Queen City (Reds fans), fan bases are wondering if Tony Reagins, Brian Cashman and Walt Jocketty have forgotten how to make trades. They can’t understand why their top-of-the-rotation starter, back-end reliever or middle-of-the-order bat weren’t acquired by the deadline. Fans are walking by them without saying hello, just sort of staring while whispering to their children or friends, explaining that’s the guy who couldn’t make the move to help their teams last week.

On the north side of Chicago and in Houston, fans are asking for the GMs heads. They want them fired, and they want it done now. Chants for Pat Gillick, Ben Cherington, Thad Levine or Josh Byrnes have already started. Cubs fans want a new direction, and Astros fans want to know why they don’t have much major league talent left after a flurry of deals for Single-A prospects.