Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Brad Lidge said he's checked in with his financial adviser throughout the Major League Baseball playoffs as the Standard & Poor's 500 Index has dropped 25 percent in October. It's been a topic of conversation in the clubhouses of the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays as players flip through newspapers and watch television.
``We are paying more attention now than we ever have,'' said Lidge, who has made almost $17 million in his seven-year career. ``Not so closely that it's going to distract us, but we are all aware that maybe we should be moving stuff into real estate right now.''
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Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, 54, majored in economics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and has posted quotes from former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan around the Rays clubhouse.
Perhaps something along the lines of: “Those of us who have looked to the quality of our three and four hitters to produce runs, myself especially, are in a state of shock and disbelief,” he told the committee.