MLB.com's Bryan Hoch has an article today talking about veterans who are in the playoff hunt for the first time, or at least the first time in a long time.
"I feel like I've got a new life...I've been out of playoff contention for about five years. Now, I'm on the verge of trying to get back in. These guys [the Phillies] have been there two years [in a row] and they've got a ring; I don't. Hopefully I can push them to get another one."
"I'm 34 and not necessarily ancient, but definitely getting on toward more yesterdays than tomorrows in the game. You start to see your window of opportunity to win and feel the rush of the playoffs close. Where we were with Houston, it seemed like we were at least two or three years away from getting back to that level. There's a definite difference."