CLEARWATER, Fla. - Dewayne Wise will always have the catch, this much is sure.

He also has the large painting immortalizing the catch that Mark Buehrle bought him after the season hanging in the living room of his home in Charlotte, N.C.

And he has those moments that a player who has spent parts of 13 seasons in the minors rarely experiences. When he arrived at the Phillies' clubhouse this spring as a non-roster invitee, both Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino wanted to chat - about the catch, of course.

"If the perfect game wasn't on the line," Wise said, "it would just be another great catch."

Yes, it's likely Wise's leaping, juggling catch in the ninth inning to preserve Buehrle's perfect game for the White Sox last July will follow the 32-year-old outfielder for the rest of his life.

Moments after Wise snared the ball over the wall, legendary Chicago broadcaster Ken Harrelson called it one of the greatest catches he had seen in 50 years of baseball, considering the circumstances of the game.

"Hell of a catch," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said recently.

After entering the 2009 season as Chicago's opening-day starter in center field and leadoff hitter, Wise played a career-high 84 games. But he was not re-signed by the White Sox because of his offensive struggles. Wise hit .225 in 142 at-bats.

So he was left looking for a job again. And he came to the Phillies knowing full well the outfield depth chart is very unfavorable. Wise will likely begin this season in triple A.

"It's pretty much what I've been going through the last eight years of my career," Wise said. "I knew what they already had over here. It's nothing new to me. I just want to come in here and have a good spring and open up some eyes and make it tougher for them to make a decision."

Manuel said Wise would have a chance to play just like anyone else.

"As far as his hitting, I don't know much about it," Manuel said. "But I know he can catch. I know he can run it down. I know he made a big catch."

Wise has heard this before.

He has played 13 seasons in the minors for six organizations. Eight of those seasons and 1,379 at-bats were spent in triple A, where he has played in five places - Syracuse, Richmond, Toledo, Louisville and Charlotte.

In triple A, he's only a .257 career hitter. When given the rare chance at the major-league level, Wise has hit .216 in parts of seven seasons.

When he won the center-field job out of Chicago's camp last spring, he started 0 for 10 at the plate. Then, in the seventh game, he made a spectacular diving catch but separated his shoulder. He missed the next 40 games.

Upon his return, he was relegated to a backup role as a defensive replacement. He spent the entire season on the major-league roster, something he had not accomplished to that point. And he was around to be inserted in center field July 23 for the start of the ninth inning. On the fifth pitch of the inning, Tampa Bay's Gabe Kapler ripped one deep to left-center field.

"The more and more I look at it, the more amazed I am," Wise said.

Wise said he got to the ballpark early in the morning and didn't see his name on the lineup card. So he decided not to stretch. He sat in the dugout for eight innings watching Buehrle flirt with history before Wise helped secure it.

"Not too many guys in the game today would have made that catch," Werth told Wise.

Last season, Wise said Johnny Damon and Torii Hunter had similar messages for him. For a moment, those 13 seasons in the minors felt as far away as possible.

"To be able to do something like that," Wise said, "it is a reward for all the hard work I put into this game."