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After one day, Phillies look like smart shoppers

The Phillies' highly-paid acquisitions paid big dividends on Opening Day.

Originally Published: March 31, 2003
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- When you sign an IOU for $111.9 million, you'd kind of like to get your money's worth. Life is funny like that.

Well, it just so happens that $111.9 million is the amount of money the Phillies owe three guys named Jim Thome, Kevin Millwood and David Bell. And even though they're only one game into their Phillies careers, it's safe to say that so far, nobody in Philadelphia is saying, "They shoulda spent it on cheesesteaks."

One game into their Phillies careers, ...

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