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February 27, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was Halloween and your world was collapsing around you: AIG and Citigroup toppling, your stocks and houses and wages deflating like air from a balloon that somebody had forgotten to tie, a balloon that was now darting around the room in flatulent loopty loops, the country clinging to its surface, powerless to resist the momentum pent up inside. This was the best day of your lives, in the best month of your lives, in a year you've spent the previous 7 yearning for. You swore it as you felt the morning sun stream through the skyscrapers, bathing you in slats of light, and you swore it as you watched the darkness drop like a curtain, the beer still glowing, the streets still swamped with mobs of red, one last night to soak it in, one more ibuprofen morning to greet without regret.
SPORTS
February 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During the first week of activity in Clearwater, an assembly line of Phillies veterans have made their way in front of microphones and cameras to answer questions regarding their desire to stick with the team through a rebuilding phase. The first three contestants in "Do You Really Want to Be Here?" deftly danced around the topic, by way of props (Cliff Lee and his Magic 8 Ball), smoke screens (Jonathan Papelbon's belief that the Phillies can contend) or rambling on (Cole Hamels' filibustering)
SPORTS
February 25, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley extended his right arm on Monday afternoon like a running back eluding a tackler. That is not how he would react, Utley said, if Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. approached him to discuss a trade. "I would listen to him out of respect for him and the entire organization and kind of go from there," the second baseman said a day before Tuesday's first full-squad workout. "I want nothing more than to play for this organization for as long as I can. " Utley, the longest-tenured Philadelphia athlete, has full no-trade rights.
SPORTS
February 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis has the unenviable task of replacing Phillies' all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins as the team's everyday shortstop. The slick-fielding 25-year-old said Sunday he doesn't feel extra pressure because of the act he's following. "Jimmy was Jimmy. Jimmy was the man here in Philadelphia," Galvis said. "But you have to come here and play baseball. That's it. I have to do my game. I don't have to do Jimmy's game. I have to do Freddy Galvis' game and play ball.
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February 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before departing for Clearwater, Ruben Amaro Jr. reached out to Ryan Howard and asked him to come into the office. Within the last 2 weeks, the embattled general manager spoke with the beleaguered first baseman. Amaro, mainly, wanted to make amends for comments he made concerning Howard's place on the team 2 months ago. "Frankly, I apologized for those comments that I made that were public," Amaro said. "And I think he appreciated that. Other than that, I want to keep the conversation private.
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February 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis slightly pulled at the neck of his shirt yesterday morning to show off the battle scar of an athlete who already has put in his time before camp officially opens. Sunburn. The new Phillies shortstop arrived in Clearwater on Friday, when temperatures were hovering in the 30s. Galvis had spent the week fielding ground balls on an all-dirt baseball field in his hometown of Punto Fijo, Venezuela. "The field is like that," Galvis said, pointing to a bunch of rocks decorating the tunnel that leads to the Phillies' batting cages at Bright House Field.
SPORTS
February 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For the third consecutive afternoon, a highly paid veteran Phillies pitcher finished his conditioning work and took a seat behind a microphone in the Bright House Field cafeteria. Cole Hamels' remarks Saturday in his first news conference of the spring jibed with Cliff Lee's on Thursday and Jonathan Papelbon's on Friday. Each is a potential trade piece who could find himself pitching elsewhere in the near future. Hamels, the top starting pitcher on the trade market, could land the Phillies a return that expedites their rebuilding.
SPORTS
February 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After playing catch and running through pitcher's fielding practice on the second day of camp yesterday, Jonathan Papelbon changed into his street clothes and asked a media relations representative a question. "Can I wear this?" the veteran closer said, pulling a T-shirt out from his locker. When Papelbon arrived in the cafeteria-slash-news conference room at Bright House Field a few minutes later, when he talked to reporters for the first time in 2015, the closer wore his trademark smirk.
SPORTS
February 5, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AND THEN there were four. The remaining core of the 2008 world champion Phillies is down to Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz. Six weeks after shortstop Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, free-agent righthander Kyle Kendrick reportedly agreed to a 1-year deal with the Colorado Rockies. According to Yahoo Sports, Kendrick will earn $5.5 million in 2015 with the chance to make an additional $500,000 if he pitches at least 190 innings. It's a pay cut for the 30-year-old Kendrick: He earned $7.675 million with the Phillies last season.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery has new duties as he returns from a five-month medical leave of absence. Montgomery now will serve in the position of team chairman while Pat Gillick continues as president, the team said Wednesday. The front-office shake-up could pave the way for another new team president in the next year or two. Gillick, the architect of the 2008 world championship team, said Wednesday night in a telephone interview that he doesn't see himself in the position two or three years from now but "definitely" at least through this baseball season.
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