This is a quick transcription of an interview Cody Asche did with the press in the Phillies locker room before his first big-league game Tuesday:
“You never really know how you're
going to react to it. Our manager told me I was going to the big
leagues. I said, 'Today?' he said, 'Yeah, today.' I was like, 'OK,
Did he see it coming at all?
“No. No. I am the kind of guy that
just likes to every day on a daily basis. Work hard that day and see
what happens. I wasn't looking into the future for anything, just
kind of work hard and wait for an opportunity.”
A home-grown talent like Utley, Cole
“I hope. I will work to that. I look
up to the guys who have come through the system. They have been
successful. They have won championships. They are definitely guys
that we looked to and tried to emulate.”
On where he stands …
“I am just going to try and soak it
all in today. And just take it day by day. Work hard at whatever they
bring at me.”
On Triple A season, beyond the
“It's been up and down. There is that
learning process that took place. I always think to myself that there
is something more that could have been done. But that's baseball. You
take your ups, you take your downs and just keep going and hopefully
the ups outweigh the downs.”
An indication of whether he will
“I have no idea. No idea. No.”
Had he been expecting a call?
“No idea. No indications.”
When did he get call?
“Around 11:30 this morning.”
Family in town?
“They are coming tomorrow. They are
all in the middle of a work day.”
“From St. Louis.”
Are they fired up?
“Yeah. Yeah. I haven't stopped
smiling all day.”
He's been hitting well, hoping for
“Hey, if they come, they come. If
not, I will settle into whatever role they have for me here.”
Has developed more power this year?
“Maybe. I just think the power just
comes along with refined skills and seeing more pitches and having
more plate discipline, and a little better pitch selection. When you
refine your swing and are able to put a consistent pass on balls in
the zone, I think the numbers kind of just come. It's not something
that you try to do.”
Trade deadline on his mind?
“I am not one that likes to get
caught up in that kind of stuff. I usually get my updates from you
guys, who tell me what is going to happen. I just kind of take it on
a daily basis and try to work hard and try to earn opportunities in
this game. That's all you can ask for.”
Seem to have turned the corner
offensively in the last few months …
“Yeah. I think there has probably
been a gradual increase in consistency, I would say. Earlier in the
year, I wasn't having consistent at-bats like I needed to. And it
just comes with experience, I guess, and comfort. I think the numbers
came with consistency and the comfort.”
Why slow starts at every level?
“Not really. If I had an answer, I
don't think I would start slow. Hopefully I can just stay comfortable
in who I am and just keep trying to help the team win.”
Did he think this was possible at
the beginning of the season?
“No. I just thought about being the
best player I could be.”
Was he surprised?
“Very. I was planning on waking up at
2 or 3 and going to the field and being the Iron Pigs third baseman
today. So I was definitely surprised.”
How did he find out?
“Dave Brundage called me, our
“No. He didn't try to mess with me or
anything. Thankfully not. That wouldn't have been very funny.”
Compared to Utley, now dressing in
locker next to him?
“I can only hope someday I can be
compared to that guy (pointing to Utley's locker). I will just take
it as it is right now.”
Is it common to wake up at 2 or 3?
“No. We got in late last night
probably 4 a.m. From Pawtucket. A long bus ride.”
Have they told him about his role?
“They have not.”
Has he talked to Charlie?
“Yeah, when I got here I talked to
him. He said, 'Just go out there and take B.P. and go about the day
like it is a normal day and figure it out.”
“Just being confident is who I am. It
is always who I try to be, just a confident person that believes in
myself no matter what. I think if you have confidence in yourself,
you will be able to succeed at any level.”
Not long ago you were in
“I does seem fast. I was talking to
my buddy. He called me on the way up here. He was my roommate in
Williamsport so we were kind of reminiscing on the way up. But, yeah,
it definitely feels that it has gone quick, but I wouldn't change it
Who was roommate?
“Not for me. I think it is pretty
easy to kind of push that stuff aside. I am just a guy that wants to
go about my work and just work hard and try to be a better baseball
player every day.”
“I think I have my parents,
girlfriend, brother, his fiancee, my agent. Just a little small
“If it is asked of me I could
probably figure something out.”