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Believe It: Joe Savery Makes Phillies Opening Day Roster

Apr 4, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

The Phillies announced their opening day roster late on Tuesday evening and the biggest surprise is that of Joe Savery.

From pitcher to first baseman back to a new pitching role, Joe Savery’s journey has been a quirky one. The Phillies informed Savery on Tuesday night following the Phillies final spring tune up that he’d made the team’s 25-man roster for Opening Day. He couldn’t believe it. [quotes from Savery and full roster below]

“I still can’t believe it,” Savery admitted. “I just got off the phone
with my wife and my parents and I… I just can’t believe it.”

“You can’t replace that first time,” Savery said of his initial call to
The Show. “But to make an Opening Day roster… the romantic side of
Opening Day baseball in this country, to be part of that I’m really

As Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel say in the video below, it’s a great story. Savery put in the work to get his velocity up and the lack of lefties already in the pen helped him earn a spot.

MORE ON Savery making the Phillies Opening Day roster here.

The full roster for Opening Day tomorrow:

Pitchers: Right-handers Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay, David Herndon, Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Papelbon, Chad Qualls, Michael Stutes and Vance Worley, and left-handers Antonio Bastardo, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Joe Savery.

Catchers: Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider.

Infielders: Freddy Galvis, Pete Orr, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton.

Outfielders: John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix, Hunter Pence, Juan Pierre and Shane Victorino.