Feliz is with the Phillies after signing a two-year, $8.5 million free-agent
contract on Jan. 31. The righty had hit at least 20 or more homers in four straight
seasons for San Francisco.
"Just watching him on TV, he caught my eye," Schmidt said. "I can see a good, solid fundamental
hitter. I just know him as a mid-20s home run, 80-RBI guy. I don't know if he's ever
gotten to 30 home runs or 100 RBIs, but he has that potential, without a doubt."
Feliz met Schmidt for the first time on Tuesday, and he added him to a list of
Hall of Fame players he met while with the Giants, including Willie Mays, Gaylord Perry,
Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal.
"It's fun to have people like that around," Feliz said. "They know the game and
can see a lot of things."
A poor performance:
Manager Charlie Manuel is feeling better after battling the
flu for two days, but that couldn't save his morning speech to his players on the first
At least not according to him.
"I wasn't very good today," he said. "I rambled too much. Really, it wasn't one
of my better rah-rah speeches."
Manuel said he did hit on some important talking points, mainly that the team
knows it needs to go further.
"Our ultimate goal is to win the World Series," he said. "We have a lot of work
to do. We haven't finished the job yet."
"I thought his speech last week [to the pitchers and catchers] was better," said
Cole Hamels, with a laugh. "But he still said everything that needed to be said. He told
the older guys what's expected out of them and the younger guys what to do to put
themselves in a position to help out at some point."
Extended 15 minutes of fame:
Kyle Kendrick endured another day of being reminded
that he fell for an elaborate practical joke.
The second-year pitcher and Brett Myers went on NBC's The Today Show and relived
his embarrassment with hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira.
If you still haven't heard,
Kendrick was led to believe that he'd been traded to Japan for a fictional player named
"Kobayashi Iwamura" or "The Hot Dog Eater," as Myers called him.
Near the end of the segment, Shane Victorino showed he had Kendrick's back by
dousing Myers with a shaving cream pie, leaving Vieira to comment that Myers received his
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"He probably knew it was coming, but not when," Victorino said. "They always call
me the guy who gets everybody [with shaving cream] after games, so I thought it would be
funny to get him now."
Does Victorino now fear retribution?
"No," he said. "Game on."
Despite the story taking on a life of its own, Myers doesn't regret it one bit.
"Negative, because he's going to get so many girls now, watch," Myers said. "The
guy's face was on national TV, every girl in America would talk to him right now."
Perhaps then, Kendrick said, Myers would be forgiven.
Squeezing in Helms:
While there's still a strong likelihood that Wes Helms will
start the regular season with the team, Manuel allowed for the possibility of Helms
Assuming So Taguchi, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Eric Bruntlett and Chris Coste all
make the team as backups, Helms' addition would give the Phillies a six-man bench and
require the team to carry only 11 pitchers.
That possibility isn't out of the ordinary, since Ryan Madson, Clay Condrey and
Chad Durbin are all capable of pitching multiple innings.
"If we have guys in our bullpen who can throw two innings, that's how we want to
set up our bullpen," Manuel said. "Madson is a two-inning guy. If Chad Durbin lands in
our bullpen, he could go two or three innings."
"I aspire to be young James. He's coming in to camp looking good. The
only thing that's kind of heavy on him right now are those earrings. He might get
hypothermia in his ear or something. Jimmy, what's up with the ice in your earlobes? Are
they cold?" -- Ryan Howard, on giving National League MVP Jimmy Rollins grief as he arrived in camp
Right-hander Kris Benson will throw a second bullpen session on Wednesday. For
the next week or so, he'll throw, rest a day, play catch, rest a day and throw a
bullpen. He hopes to throw about 60 pitches on Wednesday, two sets of 30. "I'm trying to
get my endurance going a little bit," Benson said. ... Bright House Networks Field is dropping
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