Philadelphia, PA -Omar Daal, Kevin Millwood, Robert Person, Andy Ashby, some guy named Sid Fernandez.
Now, Jeremy Hellickson can add his own name to that vaunted list of elite Philadelphia athletes.
The Philadelphia Phillies made it official, naming Hellickson as its opening day starter for the 2016 season.
It’s quite the honor for a pitcher nobody had heard of before coming to Philadelphia.
“You can now speak about Jeremy in the same breadth as the vaunted Bruce Ruffin. Has to be a hell of a jolt for this 28-year-old journeyman pitcher that has yet to live up to any of the potential he had after being named the 2010 rookie of the year for the American League,” Head Coach Pete Mackanin said.
Hellickson said he could only hope to live up to the performances from the opening day starters that have pitched for the Fightins in seasons before him.
“Who could possibly forget Floyd Youmans opening day start against the Cubs in 1989. Five innings pitches, four runs, all of them earned….it’s the stuff of legends for this historic franchise,” Hellickson said.
At press time, Hellickson said if he could be “half the pitcher” Shane Rawley was with the Phillies, he could die a happy man.