Regrets? Schmidt's Had a Few

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Regrets? Schmidt's Had a Few
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Just before the Phillies went on to lose their home opener to the Royals on Friday, two of the franchises’ greatest players sat under the stands, in a dimly lit media room to hold a press conference. There sat the Royals’ George Brett and the Phillies’ Michael Jack Schmidt. Between the two Hall of Famers there were 25 All-Star Appearances, four MVP’s, 856 home runs and two World Series Championships, but what jumped out of this press conference was not accomplishment; it was regret. “Oh yeah big time regrets,” said Mike Schmidt when asked if he has some regrets about how he handled the fans and the media during his 17 plus years in the big leagues. “It’s hard to put it into words. I just wasn’t mature enough, just way too sensitive. [I] should have been able to play through it. [I] should have been able to have a ‘Tug McGraw’ type of attitude on the field, but I don’t get a second chance with that.”

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