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Baker says being young and excited to play, is ok

By Rontina McCann – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The oldest team in Major League baseball comes into the National League division playoffs with a mixed bag. Some of the youngest in the game and veterans, only a hand full have previous playoff experience.

Meanwhile, their opponent claims back to back National League Champions and World Series Champions 2008.

"The Phillies are like the Yankees of the National League," manager Dusty Baker says. Year-in and year-out the Phillies are contending for a title and winning their division.

"I always look at the painting in my office when we play teams people don't expect us to beat, my underdog painting by Joe Harrision. That is how I look at it. We're the underdogs hopefully we'll shock them in the short series, hey man anything can happen especially when you're the last eight," Baker says.

But, he says, underdog is ok.

"All it was in the summer was they won't catch up to St. Louis, but we did that," outfielder Jay Bruce says.

"I knew way back in training camp this was a special group of guys," Baker says.

"You can throw the regular season out the window. I think whoever is going to win is whoever is playing the best and makes the fewest mistakes. It is whoever has the most guys hot at the right time," outfielder Drew Stubbs says.

"We've taken Philly down to the wire and we have the capability to beat Philly, just like they have the ability to beat us," Bruce says.

Bruce is the NL Player of the Week. 

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