LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Phillies fans who entered a Lakewood-area country club for the Phillies Winter Caravan one night last week were welcomed with opportunities to buy a baseball or picture for Jesse Biddle to sign.
It's been nearly 2 years since the Mount Airy native was drafted by his hometown team in the first round, but Biddle is still an attraction. And entering his second full season in the Phillies system, Biddle insists there's the same excitement about being affiliated with the Phillies team that there was when he was an 18-year-old who signed for a $1.16 million bonus.
"I definitely feel like another guy in the organization. I don't feel special in any way because I'm from Philadelphia or anything," Biddle said. "But I do think there's a little bit extra excitement when I go to the ballpark. I do get to wear a Phillies uniform, and not a lot of kids from Philly get to say that. That's something I take very seriously. It definitely hasn't worn off yet. It might have settled in a little bit, but there's no question every single day I wake up and feel incredible about what's happened."