Players can begin to file for free agency as early as today and the song and dance between agents and execs will begin in earnest. The Phillies are getting ready for it, having just completed a week of organizational meetings in Clearwater, Fla. to iron out a plan.
The hiring of a new pitching coach will likely be the first move. After that, it's open season and there are a lot of missing pieces to the puzzle.
Without a postseason around these parts since 2011, it's kind of fun remembering the old days. As such, today marks the fifth anniversary of the last championship parade down Broad Street.
Who can forget that one? For the first time since 1983, a championship team rode down Broad Street. Only this parade aptly had Pat Burrell leading the way on a beer truck and Chase Utley iced the cake with his eloquent address to the faithful fans ...
"World champions," Utley said. "World [bleeping] champions!"
Yes, that was five years ago today.
After the jump we have a rememberance from Chase Utley's first press conference after his oratory. It took place in December following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Utley said his hip was, "pretty." Perhaps one could describe his post-parade speach as such, too.