First bus ride

For tonight’s game, the players were told to be in uniform at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  Batting practice began at 3:45 p.m. for one hour.  The Florida State University team sat in the first base dugout when the Phillies were taking BP.

When the Jimmy Rollins-Chase Utley-Ryan Howard group took BP, the FSU players all moved up to the batting cage for a closer look.  It was cool.

For that same trio, their day begin at 12 noon, the taping of an All-Star Game TV spot for FOX.  Vernon Wells of the Blue Jays, who train in nearby Dunedin, also took part in the taping session.

The Grapefruit League officially begins for the Phillies at 1:05 Thursday afternoon in Lakeland, a game against the Detroit Tigers.

A travel roster is posted on the clubhouse bulletin board generally two days in advance of a road game.  Tomorrow, those on the trip need to be at Bright House Networks Field in time for an 8:45 a.m. bus.  The Phillies will dress (and shower) at Joker Marchant Stadium.  On shorter trips, the Phillies dress in Clearwater.

Those not on the travel roster tomorrow will work out at Bright House Networks Field at 9:30 a.m.  They’ll finish around 12 noon and be done for the rest of the day.

The Clearwater opener is Friday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians.  Darren Daulton, a member of the Phillies Alumni Club, will throw out the ceremonial first ball.

The Phillies will play a “B” game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Networks Field on Monday, March 5.  Game time is 10 a.m.  There will be no admission charge.

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