The only name ever mentioned as an owner of the Phillies is that of John Middleton. The nick given for the those who own the Phillies is "Mysterious Owners, who of course are only mysterious because the media in Philadelphia and the national MLB media refuse to discuss them by name.
Here is John S. Middleton's little bungalow in Palm Beach, Florida. Those aren't a little kids toy trucks, those are the real kind. Mister Middleton is no fan of huge signing bonuses - Miakel Franco only received one hundred thousand dollars to sign - or big time free agent contracts - five million for Aaron Harang - but mansions that John Middleton is going to spend some time in, that's a completely different story.
Here's another view of the 17,000 plus square foot bungalow that John Middleton is building in Palm Beach. It may not be finished yet even though it has been under construction for about four years. It's bigger than all his neighbors.
If you scroll the picture to the left you can see two little people - like us - wearing white hard hats working diligently to get the smallest detail down to the exact specification desired by John S. Middleton.
I have an attic vent in my house that's corrugated metal.
I wasn't born a Middleton so that's all I deserve. That and my baseball team being turned into one of the worst teams in the history of Major League Baseball.
Here's yet another view. Don't forget to scroll to the left. Google did not design their blogging code to accomadate castles big enough to satisfy John S. Middleton.
Here is a rare interior shot. Don't mind all the wood, metal and wires. It will all be covered in Italian marble and trimmed in gold before John S. Middleton sees it.
It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll.
In case you were wondering where the $6 Billion in Comcast TV dollars was going or all those billions from Citizens Bank Park sellouts and concession sales, and the $50 million every year that MLB distributes to every team for the national TV contracts with ESPN, FOX Sports and TBS, or the $25 million plus for MLB dot com and the $20 million plus for MLB merchandising.
That's one of the swimming pools, this one is in back overlooking the ocean. If you have an ocean to swim in what do you need?
Can you see all the little people wearing white hard hats working diligently among the concrete and rebar to get everything just right, the way Mister Middleton expects it to be?
I don't know what this is, but it's bigger than my house and looks like it is designed to keep out an invading viking army, but I'm sure it's you and me that Mister Middleton wants to keep far away.