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08/27/2014 - The Philadelphia Phillies honor the Taney Dragons for their remarkable run in the Little League World Series. Taney captured the hearts of not only Philadelphians but the rest of the country as they made their way to Williamsport. The inner city team is filled with such diverse, likable young kids and really made their mark in baseball history as the first Philadelphia team to make it to the LLWS. Mo’ne Davis became only the 18th girl to play in the series and the first girl to ever throw a complete game shutout and earn a win. She is also the first little leaguer to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. These kids made the entire city proud and we hope that this ride has been just as fun for them as it has been for us. Go Taney!

I love playing baseball in Citizens Bank Park. I love playing in front of the Philly fans. There’s no better place to play in my opinion. Obviously winning is important and I would like to do that in Philadelphia …

I haven’t ever envisioned leaving Philadelphia, honestly. I feel like I’m wanted in Philly. I feel like the fans appreciate the way I play. I feel like the front office appreciates the way I play and I appreciate their support over the years. I don’t plan on going anywhere, but again, if someone comes up to me and says, ‘You’re no longer wanted in Philly,’ then I’ll have to change my tune … I’ve talked to guys who have played for the Phillies and gone on to other organizations and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

To the City of Philadelphia,

Words cannot begin to describe what these past 18 years as a Phillie have meant to me. Starting as a teenager from Northern California, becoming a husband and now a father of two beautiful children, I’ve spent nearly half of my life growing up in front of all of you.

We’ve shared a lot of great memories that I’ll cherish forever. From being the “team to beat”, to our postseason run and raising that World Championship banner, it has been an honor playing in front of the most passionate fans in the world. You let us hear it when things get tough and you rocked “The Bank” when we needed you the most.

I’d like to thank the countless staff members throughout the organization that have supported me and the Rollins Family Foundation over the years. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of you.

To my teammates, you guys are my family and always will be. There have been many to come and go over the years and I’ve enjoyed taking the field of battle with each and every one of you. Chase, Hollywood, Chooch, Big Piece… brothers for life.

Lee Thomas, Ed Wade, Pat Gillick, Ruben Amaro and the managers that I’ve played for over the years, Tito, Larry, Charlie and Ryno; thank you for giving me the opportunity and making a kid from Alameda’s dream come true. Mr. Montgomery, thank you for everything.

Love you all! Peace,

Jimmy, Johari, Cam & Lolo

(from the Philadelphia Inquirer)

Cliff Lee began his spring training by letting a Magic 8 Ball answer press questions. This is something I fully support all athletes doing. I can only imagine how annoying it is to answer the same, slightly irritating questions over and over again. (x)