Roundtable: “I look forward to hearing _____ today” – Phillies Nation
2013 Spring Training

Roundtable: “I look forward to hearing _____ today” pitchers and catchers officially working out for the first time today, the soundbites will start pouring in. Let’s be real: most of them are going to be rather predictable. Is there ever a player who doesn’t come to camp in the best shape of his life?

Yet, these morsels of preseason hope, no matter how symbolic or hyperbolic, comfort us like sipping hot chocolate at an April night game at the Bank. Even though we cover the team, we look forward to these quotes just as much as everyone else.

Pat Gallen, Editor-in-Chief

I look forward to hearing that Ryan Howard is in the best shape of his life after the first day of workouts. Even if it doesn’t mean a damn thing, it’ll be nice to know the $25 million man is on his way back.

Ian Riccaboni

I look forward to hearing that everyone, including Yuniesky Betancourt, has a shot to make the team in 2013 from both Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel.

Jonathan Nisula

I look forward to hearing about Chase Utley and Roy Halladay after the first day of workouts. They are possibly the two most important players for the success of the team, and both have injury concerns.

Don M.

I look forward to hearing that our late-inning guys, Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams, are in great shape and anxious to get the regular season started!

Eric Seidman

I look forward to hearing that the Delmon Young signing was actually a joke, or that his contract also includes the inverse clause that if he gains weight he has to pay the Phillies.

Jay Floyd

I am looking forward to hearing about the young bullpen arms that had Charlie Manuel so excited when I spoke to him recently. Led by the veterans Adams, Durbin, and Papelbon, as well as the experienced Bastardo, it will be interesting to follow the core of guys like Stutes, Aumont, De Fratus, Diekman and others to see how much they can contribute to what should be a major strength for the Phils this year.



  1. Lefty

    February 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    If he is asked if he is looking forward to free agency this offseason, I look forward to hearing Roy Halladay say the following:

    “I think if I have my druthers I would be here until I’m done,” he said. “As good as they’ve been to me, I think they realize that I would be as good to them as I could be. So going forward, if that that was the case, I really can’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

    I think he’s still an elite pitcher with at least a few good years left, and I am glad to hear that he, in fact, DID say that today.

    • Double Trouble Del

      February 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Well said Lefty. It was nice to hear from a true champion that he wanted to finish with this franchise.

  2. Chuck A.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I look forward to hearing JImmy Rollins say what he said prior to the 2008 season, “We are the team to beat.”….

    ……”The Mets had a chance to win the World Series last year. Last year is over. I think we are the team to beat in the NL East, finally. But, that’s only on paper.” ….

    …Substitute Mets for Nationals in this particular case.

    What the hell….

  3. The Original Chuck P

    February 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    That Halladay comment has me nervous… weird timing. Smells like he’s fishing or posturing. Is he worried about his shoulder not being able to hold up? Don’t get me wrong… I love that he said it and I love Doc and everything he stands for but if he’s not healthy, I’m not inking an extension or anything like that because he has logged a lot of innings over the course of his career and the cracks have started to show. At this point, I want to see him pitch and get through this season healthy… nothing else matters and talk is cheap.

    • Lefty

      February 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      I don’t think it’s weird timing OCP. If Murphy asked him the question today, he would answer today right? Doc isn’t usually known to offer a lot of stuff up unless he’s asked is he? He also said-

      “I’m not worried about next year, I’m not worried about two years, three years from now. I’m worried about trying to win a World Series.”

      He also said he’d throw 320 innings this year if that’s what it took. I don’t think he was fishing for an extension at all. If anything I took it to mean, he’d gladly throw his arm out and give up the rest of his career if he could win a World Series here this year.

      • Chuck A.

        February 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

        I heard all that, too and I think it was completely genuine. As much as I’ve said that having Utley and Howard in the lineup from Day 1 and playing 140 or so games each is critical to their success (which it certainly is)…. I think Doc being healthy and not spending any time on the DL is even more important. He’s sort of like the keystone for this whole team.

  4. Dave P

    February 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I look forward to hearing how Darin Ruf looks in left, and I look forward to hearing how Ben Revere interacts with his teammates. He’s supposed to be a high energy guy and hopefully that’s true.

  5. Jaron B

    February 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I, like Eric, want to hear EXACTLY how the injured players are doing.

  6. Bruce

    February 14, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I look forward to hearing that Mike Adams is healthy (after off season surgery) and ready to pitch in Spring training.

    I look forward to hearing that both Utley and Howard are ready to take the field and swing some lumber in Spring training games.

    I look forward to hearing progress reports on Ruf playing the outfield.

    I’m not looking forward to hearing that Delmon Young is still recovering from his foot surgery and won’t play this spring. Also that his weight is slowing his recovery (unable to lay off desserts).

    • frank

      February 14, 2013 at 12:35 am

      I look forward to hearing the confidence in Roy and cliff that they will win like 2011. Even with all the injuries to the position players, if you have 3 aces, you will win and maybe get through the playoffs to the series. As we all know, sometimes you have to have luck on your side to win.

  7. wbramh

    February 14, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I look forward to hearing the Braves and Nationals moved to the Central Division.

  8. brooks

    February 14, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I look forward to the dust settling, a roster complete and some good baseball…

  9. brooks

    February 14, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Oh, sitting in my seat with my best bud a Harp and toasting the 2013 season!

  10. Don M

    February 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I was very pleased to hear reports yesterday that Mike Adams feels good, is skipping the World Baseball Classic, and waiting a week or two into Spring Training to get himself going… noting it’s a longer than usual spring training and he wants to be ready to go when the regular season starts!

  11. Manny

    February 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I look forward to RAJ saying goodbye to Charlie if we yet again have a weak April, and replacing him with Sandberg before it’s too late. That could give us a jolt and improve our chances of making the playoffs.

  12. Liz

    February 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Why all the snide comments! Let’s start off fresh, a new season and see what happens! Come on people, it’s Phillies Nation!

  13. gathenk190

    February 15, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I look forward to a healthy Chase Utley, to seeing if Freddy Galvis can amount to anything exciting. I look forward to an improved Ryan Howard (who hopefully strikes out less and hits the long ball more) and for Cole Hamels to continue to dominate and fully embrace his status as a franchise player.

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