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How did Philadelphia help Jim Thome become a Hall of Famer?

How did Philadelphia help Jim Thome become a Hall of Famer?

On this edition of At The Yard, a Phillies podcast, Jim Salisbury talks with Hall of Fame-bound Jim Thome. Thome discusses the surreal feeling being inducted into Cooperstown. What was it like playing in Philadelphia? Was he happy for the 2008 World Series champions despite not being on the team? How does not winning a World Series affect the way he views his career? And Thome offers his opinion on the current team.

1:30 - What is it like being a Hall of Famer?
3:30 - The day he hit his 400th home run.
5:00 - What did Philadelphia mean for his career?
7:00 - Buzz when Phillies signed Thome.
11:00 - First impressions of the young core when he played in Philadelphia.
15:00 - How does not winning a World Series affect the way he views his career?
18:30 - His opinion of the current Phillies.
21:00 - How close are the Phillies to contending?

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Hey, Ben Davis, what's it like getting drafted?

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Hey, Ben Davis, what's it like getting drafted?

On this edition of At The Yard, a Phillies podcast, Jim Salisbury talks with Ben Davis of NBC Sports Philadelphia. With the draft days away, Davis shares what the draft process was like for the No. 2 overall pick in the 1995 MLB draft. Also, the two discuss what the Phillies need to do to remain in playoff contention.

"I ended up getting the call and he said, 'This is Kevin Towers with the San Diego Padres, general manager, and we chose you No. 2 overall in the draft and want you to sign.' It was such a thrill." - Ben Davis.

1:00 - What are the draft prospects going through right now?
3:00 - Difference between the draft today and when Ben got drafted.
4:30 - When Ben knew he might be a top 5 pick.
9:00 - The agent game.
13:00 - First experience as a pro ball player.
15:00 - Used Tony Gwynn's bat.
17:00 - Biggest improvement Phillies have made this season.
22:00 - Team needs offense.

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At the Yard with Scott Kingery — On comparisons to Chase Utley

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At the Yard with Scott Kingery — On comparisons to Chase Utley

Scott Kingery is off to one of the hottest starts by a Phillies rookie in recent memory. 

Hitting .280 with two homers (one a grand slam) and 12 RBI in his first 13 big-league games, Kingery has already begun to make a name for himself.

Appearing on Jim Salisbury's At the Yard podcast, Kingery talked all things Phils, but most notably he discussed comparisons to the legendary Chase Utley.

"Anytime you’re put in the same sentence as (Chase Utley), that’s an honor," Kingery told Salisbury. "I did watch him and I watched guys like Dustin Pedroia growing up and Derek Jeter. You see the way they play the game and they go about it the right way and they go hard. That’s something I could look up to. For me, it was, you don’t have to be the most talented guy on the field. If you’re out there and you’re hustling and you’re making plays and you’re helping your team win any way you can, that’s what you can look up to. That’s the type of special player that people want on their teams."

Is Kingery — a  second baseman turned super utility fielder —the next Chase Utley?

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