Andrew Bailey hopes to land big role with Phillies

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It was a dream come true when Andrew Bailey was able to tell his mom he signed with the Phillies. (WPVI)

New Jersey native and Paul VI Catholic High School grad Andrew Bailey grew up a huge Phillies fan.

Curt Schilling was among his favorite players from the 1993 team, along with Mickey Morandini who is now a first base coach.

"Wearing the Phillies jersey is something that's very special to me," said Bailey.

This off-season it was a dream come true when he was able to tell his mom he signed with the Phillies.

"She was crying just because she can be around the (grandchildren) a little bit more during the summertime," said Bailey. "I think obviously she's a Phillies fan."

Bailey is now trying to save his career with his hometown team. After making two appearances in the MLB All-Star Game in his first two seasons in Oakland, Bailey's had a painful last few years.

Because of shoulder injuries, he's been limited to only 40 games the last three seasons combined.

"Health has always been a concern with me, and now that I'm healthy 100 percent with the shoulder, I don't see why I can't get back to how I was earlier in my career," said Bailey.
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