For the first time this season, they got a long weekend together, catching up. Being around other players, of course, meant the reunion became something else.
"I was teasing Vernon Wells last night and he yelled at me in the bullpen - 'Be on the field tomorrow, 3 p.m.'" Jason said.
Phillips showed up and learned the Blue Jays center fielder and other players had set up a 60-yard dash to be run, mano y mano, by the Phillips brothers.
"I hadn't run since spring training," Phillips said. "And Wells tells me he's got money on my brother. I told him, 'You should.' When we started, I thought I might lock up and go down."
The race was close, but Kyle finished a full stride ahead of his brother. The two embraced afterward and laughed.
"Slow is slow," Jason said. "I was never fast and neither was Kyle. My only shot today was to beat him off the line."
Turns out, he'd used that to win their last sprint - back in 2004.
"It was the off-season after he'd been drafted, and my dad was throwing to both of us and somehow we wound up racing," Jason said. "I smoked him off the line and just did beat him. Apparently, he remembered."