Drabek on Philly: 'It's a Good Match'
And he will, if it ever stops raining.
Update: Because of a lengthy rain delay, Drabek pitched the second. He threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one.
Fortunately, I had a chance to talk to Drabek a few minutes before the game. Here is what he said about pitching for the Phillies this season, and hearing his name mentioned in countless trade scenarios involving Roy Halladay.
Question: Some Phillies fans would love to see you pitch in Philadelphia this season, but Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently you are not an option in 2009. Do you understand that?
Answer: “Coming off Tommy John, they probably want me to get a full season in. I haven’t had a full season yet. But if they would call me up, I think I’m ready. My arm feels great. It gets better every day. I really can’t complain about that. I think my fastball command has gotten a lot better since the beginning of the season. My changeup is still on its way. I’m still trying to figure a few things out, but it’s a lot better than it used to be.”
Q: I’m sure you’ve heard Halladay is available and the Phillies are interested. You’re supposedly one of their untouchables in the farm system. What do you think of your name being floated in trade talks?
A: “The players like to joke about it. They’ll say, ‘We’ll see you in New Hampshire next week.’ Stuff like that. I try not to think about it too much. I try to put it in the back of my mind. I’m really just trying to go out there and compete, so I’ll have a chance to be called up sometime.”
Q: I suppose it’s good to know the Phillies think that highly of you?
A: “It’s great that they like me. I definitely don’t want to get traded. I love the Phillies organization. I’ve been hearing a lot about the fans and I want to meet them.”
Q: What have you been hearing about them?
A: “Just how they know a lot about baseball. Most places, you’ll find some people who know. But all the Phillies fans know baseball. They want to win. I’m a competitor and I want to win, too. It’s a good match.”