Victory parade a hit in Philly
Burrell and Elvis lead the World Series champs' celebration
Pat Burrell wasn't at the front of Philadelphia's parade for the World Series champions just because he's been with the Phillies since 2000.
"I'm sure he was elated by the way the Phillies, the way the city handled everything," Brett Myers told MLB.com. "That was unbelievable. [But he was up front] because of his dog. Somebody said he was going to ride with Elvis [his dog] because he was at every home game, and we didn't lose at home in the playoffs. A lot of credit goes to Elvis for slobbering on us. He was our good-luck charm."
Moyer has a hunch he'll stick with Phillies: Jamie Moyer might be a free agent, but the veteran left-hander has made it clear he'd like to return to the Phillies.
"I hope I am back here," Moyer, who will turn 46 on Nov. 18, told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I sense there is a good feeling that I may come back here. I have not talked to the club at all, but we'll see what happens."
Rollins sees fanatics offer support en masse: Without having to focus on hitting and catching baseballs, Jimmy Rollins turned into a spectator at the Phillies' championship parade on Friday.
"I was amazed," Rollins told MLB.com. "There were people on [Route] 76 just hanging out, I'm like, 'This is dangerous.' People acting like Spider-Man climbing on a light pole. I saw a guy stretched on the side of the building, with a beer in his hand. They've been wanting this for a long time. You know, when your ears start hurting because you're trying to think about what to do, but you can't think because you're ears hurt? That's what it was like. I wasn't even yelling, I was just barely talking [to teammates on the float] and my voice is gone."
Myers amazed at overflow parade crowd: Brett Myers was glad he didn't have to steer the truck carrying some teammates through the crowded downtown streets of Philadelphia.
"I had no idea what to expect," Myers told the Philadelphia Daily News. "There were certain stints where I thought people were going to get run over. It was unbelievable. I looked at Cole [Hamels] and I said, 'How the heck is this truck making it down the street right now without clipping somebody?' The streets were so crowded, it was unbelievable. It was so much fun."
Baldelli hopeful his future is with the Rays: After a roller-coaster ride in 2008 that saw Rocco Baldelli go from nearly being out of baseball to the World Series, the Tampa Bay right fielder is now a free agent.
"I don't know what's going on right now," Baldelli told raysbaseball.com about the prospect of returning to the Rays in 2009. "This has been the only place I've ever played, and I'm very comfortable here. Everyone's been very supportive through all this stuff I've been dealing with.
"I'm thankful for that, more than anything, because I know a lot of people, or a lot of teams, would have probably turned their back on me when I was going through a lot of these troubles -- because it is a business, and they treated me like a person. I love playing here. And I'm just going to wait and see what happens the next couple of weeks and months."
Carlos Pena takes pride in the journey: Carlos Pena and the Rays understand how far they've come as a team this year.
"I'm proud because my team thought the same way right up until the last pitch. At the same time, we have to tip our hats," he wrote in his MLBlogs.com. "You have to learn how to lose. The good thing is that now we know defeat, but we know defeat in the World Series. And we have tasted victory in the playoffs. So, for that, we're very grateful.
"Many great ones that have played this game have never gotten to this point to experience defeat or victory. And we understand that. We treat this with respect. We understand how blessed we are to get to this point. And let's not forget this has been an incredibly magical season, and one that nobody thought could ever be possible. So in a sense, we are victorious in all aspects, actually, just to get to this point."
Sabathia could be back in Milwaukee: The Milwaukee Brewers plan to make an offer to free agent left-hander CC Sabathia, who is expected to be the most sought after pitcher in this year's free agent class.
"It will be soon," Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We're getting close to doing that."
The Brewers have exclusive negotiating rights to Sabathia for the first 15 days after the World Series.
Big Unit would be welcomed back to Arizona: The Arizona Diamondbacks would like to bring back Randy Johnson, who is four wins shy of No. 300.
"Certainly there's interest on our part in having Randy come back," CEO Jeff Moorad told the Arizona Republic. "We have a tremendous loyalty to him and what he's accomplished in a D-Backs uniform.
"If he wants to focus on the free-agent market and maxing out compensation, we're likely not to be his home next year. There certainly would be a fit at a number that fits our reality, given the fact that player salaries will go up across our roster from '08 to '09."
Wakefield to return to Red Sox in 2009: The Red Sox exercised Tim Wakefield's contract option for 2009, meaning the 42-year-old right-hander will be back with the team next season and have another club option for 2010, the Boston Globe reported.
Wakefield was 10-11 with a 4.13 ERA this past season for the Red Sox. He finished second on the team in innings pitch.
"I think wins and losses are -- at times that can be deceiving," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Boston Globe. "And I thought with Wake's year, it was deceiving."
Delgado quick to re-up with Mets: Carlos Delgado had his option picked up by the Mets, Newsday reported.
Through Memorial Day, Delgado was hitting .228 with a .389 slugging percentage. But the slugging first baseman batted .291 with 29 home runs and 83 RBIs over the following 92 games to help keep the Mets in contention for the NL East title until the final week of the season.
"Carlos is a key part of our plans for 2009, and we wanted to let him know as quickly as allowed that we wanted him back," general manager Omar Minaya told Newsday. "It was our full intent to promptly close our deal with Carlos, and that's what we did."
Andruw Jones preparing for charity event in Atlanta: Atlanta resident Andruw Jones is gearing up for the annual "Fairway Affair," an event he and his wife host each year to support survivors of domestic violence. The gala is held on Nov. 8 and tickets are $300 each. Organizers are hoping to raise $250,000 for the charity.
"I've got so much respect for my mom," Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, explaining his passion for the cause. "My mom kept me on that straight path."
Meanwhile, Jones indicated he would like to return to Atlanta full time.
"I've got one more year in my contract," said Jones, now playing with the L.A. Dodgers. "Hopefully, I can come back to Atlanta. I would love to finish my career here."
Embree gets support in free-agent departure: The A's cut ties to reliever Alan Embree, making the 38-year-old lefty a free agent. Embree took the news well, even if some of his now former teammates did not.
"I enjoyed hanging out with the kids," Embree told the San Francisco Chronicle of the young and rebuilding A's. "But now I get a chance to pick where I want to go and make sure my role is what I want it to be."
"Alan is a huge loss for the team in the sense of leadership and experience, in the sense of having someone who's not afraid to step up and take charge," Huston Street said. "Alan is very conscious about being vocal when he needs to be and that was really invaluable for the young guys. We're losing a presence a young team absolutely needs. We'll need someone else to step up and assume that role."
Griffey, Jr. keeps Mariners on the radar: Now that he's officially a free agent, Ken Griffey, Jr. has made it clear he is open for a return to Seattle. Griffey broke into the big leagues with the Mariners, and the future Hall of Famer enjoyed his finest seasons in the Emerald City.
"It's no secret Junior has a special relationship with the people in Seattle from the ownership and front office all the way down to the fans and business people in town," agent Brian Goldberg told the Seattle Times.
"He's totally open-minded to talking to them, I'm sure. He'd be open to discuss anything with them. However, he owes it to himself to see what else is out there."
LaRue to stay with Cardinals next season: Within hours of having filed for free agency, Jason LaRue was brought back by the St. Louis Cardinals to back up Yadier Molina, in a move that St. Louis general manager essentially called a no-brainer.
"Jason was a great fit for our ballclub in the role that he served this past season," Mozeliak said in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a statement released by the team. "His contributions carried not only onto the field, but also in the clubhouse and away from the ballpark, where he provided good veteran leadership."
Rincon hopes to return to Indians: Juan Rincon is among the many Major League players who have filed for free agency, but last month he made it clear that, if given the chance, he'd like to return to the Indians.
"I told them I don't want to be bouncing around," Rincon told MLB.com. "I hope we can work something out. I like the clubhouse and the atmosphere and my teammates here. They gave me a chance here, so why turn my back now? That's my feeling, but it's not up to me."
Tatis signs one-year deal with Mets: Fernando Tatis, the Players Choice Award winner as NL Comeback Player of the Year, signed a one-year deal with the Mets, MLB.com reported.
Tatis will likely share left field with Daniel Murphy next season. This year, he hit .297 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles and 47 RBIs in 273 at-bats. After being promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on May 13, Tatis started 35 games in right field, 28 in left field, two at third base and one at first base.
"Fernando got so many key hits for us last year," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said in a press release on Mets.com. "Not having him the last few weeks ... certainly hurt. His versatility certainly makes us a better team."
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