Baseball might be the national pastime, but when it comes to baseball players, the pastime of choice is golf. “They talk about how difficult it is to hit a baseball, says Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino, “but for us, who do it for a living, going out on the course and trying to hit a ball that’s not in motion, that’s the struggle.”
Hardball and golf go together like hot dogs and $8 beers, but everyday players like Victorino and second baseman Chase Utley say pitchers have most of the fun during the regular season. “They have a lot more time on their hand,” Utley laughs.
The guys have also found the best way to get on super-private Philly-area courses like Merion and Pine Valley: Win the Wolrd Series. Utley says he got invited on both courses after the Phils won it all in 2008. “I even got invited to Pebble Beach,” says skipper Charlie Manuel. “I never played golf until 1994, the year of the strike. I got myself a set of clubs and I fell in love with it. I don’t have enough time to play it but I love to play, love to hit the ball.”
The Philadelphia Phillies, led
by second baseman Chase Utley,
manager Charlie Manuel and
centerfielder Shane Victorino,
won the 2008 World Series.