There were no promises, no guarantees.
That hope is still there for Juan Pierre. A 1-3 start isn't going to diminish any of that.
"I came to the Phillies on a minor-league deal because of the chance to win," Pierre said. "I wasn't going to be given anything. I worked like crazy to earn my way on the roster. One thing about being around as long as I have -- you're going to go through ups and downs. It's how you come through it. I know we will come through it."
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Pierre largely made the roster for his ability to bat in the leadoff spot, something that he has done in the past two games. He is 2-for-9 (.222), including a pinch-hit appearance this season.
"If Charlie [Manuel] puts me in the lineup, I'm going to do what I do best, get on base, use my legs and try to manufacture some runs for us," Pierre said. "You know, this club has a ton of talent and pop, too. We can score playing small ball, but we also have some pop with Hunter Pence, Jimmy Rollins, [John] Mayberry [Jr.]. Hopefully, we'll get the big guys back soon."
Without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the Phillies understand they'll have to score runs in a different way. Even at 34, Pierre can provide a spark at the top of the lineup.
"I believe we will win a whole lot of games this year."