Trenton's Bullpen Coach Jason Phillips Returns To NYSEG StadiumPosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - A familiar face returned to Binghamton on the Trenton Thunder bus. Jason Phillips, Binghamton Met from 1999-2001, made his comeback after a successful career as an MLB catcher, first baseman, and most recently a bullpen catcher. Now the bullpen coach for the Trenton Thunder, Phillips reminisced about his time in Binghamton during their first series in Rumbletown.
"It looks a lot different," said Phillips. "I have never been on the side of this stadium to be honest with you."
The series was more than just a full circle moment for Phillips, who began his career as a Met, now works in the Yankees organization.
"You learn to hate the Yankees. You're always playing second fiddle to them," said Phillips. "Whether I was in Pittsburgh or they were in Oneonta, you wanted to beat the Yankees at every level."
No matter which logo he is wearing, Phillips will always love New York baseball.
"Whether you're a Mets fan, Yankees fan, you're a fan for life. There's definitely a passion, a love for the game.If you play hard, give a good effort, and you're prepared, the fans will like you."
The Trenton Thunder return to NYSEG Stadium June 11-13.