The World Series Trophy Tour continued with an appearance at Carpenter Field at 10 a.m. today and then the opening ceremonies at the Countryside Little League in early afternoon.
Trophy returns to Philly tomorrow and visits Phoenix, AZ, for Teva Pharmaceuticals and Dallas, TX, for Southwest Airlines, two of the club’s major sponsors, next week.
The Trophy was part of a successful Phan Fest last night at Bright House Field. The event raised $15,604. Proceeds will be divided between Clearwater For Youth, Clearwater Little League and Hospice of Florida Suncoast.
14 different pitchers (Groups 1-2) threw batting practice that lasted 45 minutes. Hitters then got to hit against coaches. When pitchers throw BP, it is referred to as “live” BP. What does that make coaches’ BP? “semi-live”? Certainly, not “deceased” BP.
Final USA squad for the World Baseball Classic will be announced on Tuesday.
That team, managed by Davey Johnson, a former Phil, will report to Clearwater on March 1 and work out at Bright House Field at 12:30 on Monday, April 2 (Phillies are playing Toronto in Dunedin that afternoon). USA practice session will be open to fans. No admission charge. Bright House Field gates will open at 12 noon.
When the Japan WBC team worked out in Toyko earlier this week, it drew 37,000 fans. WOW!
Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee met with the media after the workout (1 p.m.) for about 15 minutes. It is a daily happening. Todd Zolekci will cover the comments made by Charlie and Dubee . . . More media visitors: New York Daily News, New York Times, Spike TV . . . Rawlings Sporting Goods reps were here this morning to take glove and bat orders . . . Sunday’s schedule is much the same with BP around 11:20 a.m.