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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-08

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-08
--RHP Brad Lidge often works out during the winter with fellow relievers Mike Timlin and Mike Myers, and after they won the World Series, they weren't shy about showing off their rings. Lidge will get his jewelry Wednesday when the Phillies receive their World Series rings before a game against the Atlanta Braves. "When it all comes down to it, you don't hear guys who won the World Series talk about anything other than getting that ring," Lidge said. "It's pretty much the symbol of it all. I'm not going to be wearing it everywhere I go, but I imagine I'll be wearing it a lot (Wednesday night), in my house. I'll probably sleep with it on."

Obtaining details about the ring has been like unearthing classified CIA documents. It was designed by a panel of Phillies officials, including team president David Montgomery, but all seemingly have been sworn to secrecy. Even manager Charlie Manuel and the players haven't seen previews.

"The Marlins one (from 2003) was huge," Lidge said. "You can't wear that ever."

But, given the magnitude of the feat for which it's awarded, can a World Series ring ever really be too large?

"There's such a thing as classy, I guess," Lidge said. "And probably if it's too, too big, it takes away from the meaning of it. I don't know what it's going to look like, but it's what it means that's the important thing."

--LHP Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are trying to adopt a child from Ethiopia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Initially, the Hamelses were looking into adopting a child from Malawi, but they grew frustrated with regulations that required parents to live in the country for 18 to 24 months before getting permission to adopt. Ethiopian rules require only a nine-month waiting period for adoption. Last week, Madonna endured a publicized rejection of her attempt to adopt a Malawian child. "We were in the same situation as Madonna, and there is no way we could live over there for two years," Hamels told the newspaper. "It shouldn't be so hard to try to give someone a better life. The government in that country, it's shady."

--LF Raul Ibanez knows he's replacing a longtime Phillies staple. He doesn't think much about it. "Pat Burrell's a great player," said Ibanez, who signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract in December. "I know the fans were fond of him. I know the guys in the clubhouse were fond of him. But I'm not going to try to be him. We're two different people. Nobody can replace anybody else."

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Homers for INF Miguel Cairo this spring. He hasn't hit one in the regular season since 2005.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's exciting. You play for so many years and you still got to know you made the team. This year was a little difficult, but I came through. And hopefully, I'll stay here all year long." -- INF Miguel Cairo, a 13-year veteran, on making the opening-day roster.

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