Cincinnati Baseball: Bearcats alum Josh Harrison embracing fresh start with Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Josh Harrison against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. USA Today.
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Josh Harrison against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. USA Today. /
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During his first campaign with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati native and former Bearcats star second baseman Josh Harrison is embracing the fresh start in a familiar environment.

Following a memorable career with his hometown Bearcats, Harrison was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2008 and went onto make his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.

The Princeton High School product recently returned to the Queen City as the Phillies picked up a pair of wins against the Cincinnati Reds, highlighted by a 14-3 blowout on Sunday.

Harrison connected on a RBI single and eventually came around to score as Philadelphia jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning en route to securing a dominant win last weekend.

Cincinnati Baseball: Bearcats alum Josh Harrison embracing fresh start with Philadelphia Phillies

After an impressive stint that included two All-Star appearances in eight years with the Pirates, Harrison played for multiple teams before re-signing with the Phillies prior to this season.

Harrison discussed his career and drive to continue playing in a recent interview with Michael Mayden!

"“It’s a grind. You have to show up every day. It’s a blessing and it’s fun but there are a lot of countless hours and sacrifices that people don’t realize. It hasn’t been an easy road but a lot of it has been the belief in myself and knowing what I’m capable of doing. At the same time, you have to be ready when you get that opportunity and I’ve been able to do that. I’ve had some injured seasons and surgeries here and there but I look back and I’m blessed. I just try to take it a day at a time. Obviously I know I’m closer to the end of my career than the beginning but I’m just trying to take everything in stride and enjoy it as much as I can.”"

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