Photo: Philliedelphia/Frank Klose
In a very under-the-radar move just over two weeks ago, the Phillies signed outfielder Jason Pridie to a minor-league contract. Like many of you, I only vaguely knew of Pridie due to his time spent with the New York Mets last year. The next we heard of Pridie (if we were even paying attention at all) he was being suspended 50 games for a drug violation while in camp with the Oakland Athletics. Upon the completion of his suspension, Pridie asked for and received his release from the Athletics when also-suspended Manny Ramirez was taking the roster spot he would otherwise occupy. The Phillies gave him a chance just over two weeks ago.
Just on Thursday, Marcus Hayes of the Daily News wrote about the clean start Pridie was getting with the Phillies. Pridie reflected to him just how grateful he was for another chance, after being suspended for a "drug of abuse":
"I realize how quickly things can be taken away, for dumb things. How quickly I wen...