Springtime is Bonding Time
It is a common sight this spring to see some combination of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton hanging out at a table in the middle of the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field, eating breakfast and chatting before morning workouts.
The five starters seem to be getting along great.
Oswalt and Lee have gone to dinner a few times this spring while their families are back in Mississippi and Arkansas, respectively. They’ve gone fishing, too.
They basically had never spoken until this spring. They met once previously, but details remain foggy. They were both in Philadelphia for surgeries in 2003, and met each other in the waiting room. Lee was having hernia surgery. Oswalt was having groin sugery.
“We were so drugged up coming out of anesthesia,” Oswalt said. “I remember a guy being in there with me, but I didn’t know it was him at the time. He told me that he remembered me and my name. I remember he pitched for Cleveland. I never remembered his name. I remember just leaving. When I woke up I felt like I could leave the hospital, so I told the doctor I felt great. I walked out. He was going to walk out too and he stood up and said, ‘No, I think I’m going to stay here.’ So I left. We talked an hour or two. That’s the first time I ever met him. I didn’t know that until I came back here.”
Said Lee: “That was the only time I talked to him. I knew he was from Mississippi. I knew he was a redneck, so I figured I’d get along with him.”
So who’s the better fisherman?
“He’s been doing pretty well the last two times we went, but it’s pretty close,” Oswalt said.
Who’s the better hunter?
“Ain’t no way he’s getting close,” Oswalt said.