Tommy Hunter's biggest pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies came before he even took the mound for his new team.
Since he signed a two-year deal in December, the reliever had been pushing Jake Arrieta to follow him to Philadelphia.
Arrieta and the Phillies finalized a $75 million, three-year contract on Monday, a deal that could be worth up to $135 million over five seasons. Arrieta was to be introduced at spring training during a news conference today.
“I've been on the phone with him this whole entire offseason to see if it can work out,” Hunter said Monday. “I was coming hard. It's not up to you as a player or a friend. Ultimately it's up to the people...
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds listen to the national anthem before the start of game 1 of NLDS on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Citizens Bank Park.