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"It's good to have those guys around, just because they're Hall of Famers and stuff like that. To meet 'em and actually talk with 'em and then tell us good luck," Phillies pitcher Brett Myers said. "But they had their time, you know what I mean? They did what they had to do. Now it's our turn to be talked about for the next 28 years or whatever."
All-Star reliever Brad Lidge has only pitched in Philadelphia for one season, but he quickly realized how much history means around here.
"You can get a feeling of it, for sure. And it's a pretty special feeling right now to be where we're at," he said. "Those guys are inspiring. I mean, seeing Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt walking around the clubhouse is pretty cool. Those are two of the better players in the game. Hopefully for us the magic they had will continue to flow."
Nothing would be more satisfying for Rollins and Howard, the past two NL MVPs. The Phillies, who reached 10,000 losses last season, have piled up more defeats than any franchise in pro sports.
"I didn't really buy into the whole thing about the city and the drought and all that kind of stuff," Howard said. "The team that we have right now, I mean, we're in that position to change the label."
Rollins articulated a similar sentiment.
"When I first got drafted to this organization I kind of vowed to myself that I was going to try to change the face of it and change the way people think about the Phillies and note them as winners," he said. "It's just taken a whole bunch of years."
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