Joe Torre, on telling Andy Phillips that he did not make the big league team this year, via Yankees.com -
The Yankees’ 25-man roster is set to go north, a little younger and less expensive than some anticipated, and with just one exhibition game standing between Legends Field and Yankee Stadium.
Josh Phelps has made the team as a first baseman over challenger Andy Phillips, while Wil Nieves will serve as the club’s backup catcher, beating out non-roster invitee Todd Pratt.
“It was tough,” Torre said of his conversation with Phillips. “He thanked us. The last thing he said was that he wanted to know if Phelps knew, because he wanted to congratulate him.”
Reading this, you might find yourself feeling sorry for the classy Andy Phillips. But, even if Andy Phillips never plays another game in the major leagues, no one should feel sorry for him.
Andy Phillips got to play in the big leagues. How many people can say that?
Andy Phillips hit a home run on the first pitch of his big league career. How many people can say that?
Andy Phillips spent an entire season with the New York Yankees? How many people can say that?
Andy Phillips can tell his grandchildren (if he has them someday) that he personally knows Alex Rodriguez, Mo Rivera, and Derek Jeter – and they know him back. How many people can say that?
Andy Phillips had a chance to face Barry Zito, Dontrelle Willis, John Smoltz, Johan Santana, and Roy Halladay while standing in a major league batter’s box. How many people can say that?
Andy Phillips got to bat in the post-season. How many people can say that?
For a guy with not that many lines on the back of his bubble-gum card, Andy Phillips has a lot of neat baseball pelts hanging on his belt. Be happy that a nice guy got to do these things – rather than sad over a nice guy not making the team this year. I betcha that’s how Phillips is looking at it now as well.