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Thome officially begins his new life as a Phillie

On the first day for Phillies pitchers and catchers, slugger Jim Thome arrived on the scene and made his presence felt.

Originally Published: February 14, 2003
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jim Thome found out Friday what $85 million wouldn't buy:

Directions to his locker.

"Say," Thome asked, after trekking back to the clubhouse perimeter following his first day of spring training as a (gulp) Phillie. "How do I get in here, anyway?"

You know what, Toto? This seemed to be a clear sign it had dawned on Jim Thome that he wasn't in Winter Haven anymore.

"I've been anxious for this day to get here all winter," Thome said. "Just because ...

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