Roy Oswalt wasn't worried about spraining an ankle, or straining a rotator cuff, or looking foolish while fielding a fly ball when he trotted out to left field in the 15th inning Tuesday night.
Roy Oswalt wanted to nail a sucker at home.
"That's what I've been wanting to do forever is throw somebody out at the plate," Oswalt said this afternoon. "I was hoping it would be fairly deep so I could show the outfielders, this is how you throw it home."
Oswalt was grinning when he said it. But he was 100 percent serious.
When Ryan Howard was ejected at the end of the 14th, leaving the Phillies a position player short of the required eight, Oswalt didn't even wait for the Phillies to call his name. As the rest of the team scrambled around the field trying to figure out their next step, Oswalt sprinted to the clubhouse to put on his spikes and grab his glove.
"I knew it was either me or Joe (Blanton)," Oswalt said. "I knew that Halladay was pitching today. I knew it had to be one of us. At first, they were debating on going to first or the outfield, but Ibanez said he could play first, and I'd rather play outfield."
Save for the sprint from the dugout to the clubhouse and some warm-up tosses with center fielder Shane Victorino, he didn't stretch.
"Shane actually walked over there and said if there is a high fly ball, do you want me to come catch it and throw it?," Oswalt said.
But Oswalt was intent on unleashing a laser if the opportunity presented itself.
"Oh, no doubt," he said.
The only other time he had ever played outfield was in community softball games as a kid.
"We used to have a thing on the weekends where 12 or 15 teams would get together and play at this park," Oswalt said. "My Dad always played, and when I got to be 12, he let me play with him some."
Oswalt caught the only ball in play that was hit to him. He tried to track down a foul ball at the wall in left field, but it slipped into the stands.
"It's just a fly ball," Oswalt said. "Everybody makes a big deal out of a fly ball in the outfield, but we catch 50, 60 a day in BP, every day for 162 games, for 10 years. That's a lot of fly balls."
With all of the adrenaline coursing through his body as he took the field, he wasn't worried about getting hurt.
"I probably haven't had that much adrenaline since I got called up," Oswalt said.