CLEARWATER, Fla. (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.