More Buzz in Camp

More buzz in camp today.  Position players had physicals and then took BP at Bright House Field.  All 58 lockers in the clubhouse are nearly filled. More fans watched BP than the pitchers and catchers who worked out at Carpenter Complex on Day 5.

Ryan Howard looks as thin as Charlie Manuel.  Chase looks like Chase.  Since he’s not technically due until tomorrow, he’s introducing himself as “Hi, I’m invisible.”

Tomorrow the full camp works out for the first time, using four fields at Carpenter Complex, Bright House Field, batting cages at both places and the half-field at BHF.  The best facilities in Florida enable the players to get a lot done in a short amount of time. 

Prior to tomorrow’s workout, all players will gather toward the middle of the clubhouse for a meeting.  Included are introductions of the staff, uniform and non-uniform, in camp.  The meeting will conclude with Charlie’s state of the union speech.

Live TV
Daily News Live (Comcast SportsNet) will broadcast live from 5:00-6:00  p.m. from today through Friday.  This marks the first year that the show will be broadcast live in its entirety from Bright House Field.   Highlights include Scott Eyre as a special guest on Wednesday and coverage of Phan Fest on Friday.  Michael Barkann is the host.

Yep, the annual Clearwater Phan Fest will take place Friday evening at Bright House Field.  No admission charge.  More details will be posted on this website shortly.

Your Turn to Vote
Online balloting for the Phillies Wall of Fame begin tomorrow on this site and run through March 23.  Your chance to select the top five candidates out of a dozen.  Those five will then be presented to a special Wall of Fame Selection Committee (media and front office staff) who will select the 2010 inductee.

Induction will take place Friday night, August 6.

Alumni Memories
A daily feature will be spring training memories by Phillies Alumni, who were asked three questions:  (1) Memories of their very first spring training; (2) What they liked the most about spring training, and (3) What did they like the least.

Larry Christenson (RHP, 1973-83)
“1973 with the Phillies in Clearwater, #51. Roy Thomas was my roomie.  What I remember from that first day was the dozens of writers and media that were following Steve Carlton around like the ‘Pied Piper’.  He had won 27 games the previous year and I was wondering who this Carlton guy was.  I enjoyed the sun, the fun and competing for a spot on the team.  I didn’t like running because of my terribly bad back and the painful back spasms I would go through.”


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