Rain Delays Start of Game

Driving to Bright House Field at 7:30 this morning was strange.  Heading east on Ulmerton, the big, orange sun was starting to rise.  As bright a sunrise as I’ve seen this spring.  In the rear mirror, dark clouds hovered over the Gulf of Mexico.  Overhead, were some thin clouds that produced rain drops.  Sort of a triple play.

By the time I got to Bright House Field at 8, the sun was overtaken by clouds.  As the 1:05 p.m. game time approached, there were showers, no rain, thunderstorm, no rain and then rain again.  In Florida, if you’re not happy with the weather, just wait a little.  Things change.

Things did change.  At 2:17 a cheer went up from the fans in the park when the ground crew took the tarp off the field.  First pitch was scheduled for 3 p.m.

Sunshine is supposed to return tomorrow.  Yankees come to Clearwater for an ESPN national telecast at 1 p.m.  John Kruk will be in the booth.

While the team was in Lakeland, Werth, Polanco, Schneider and Ibanez took batting practice at Bright House Field.  Dave Huppert was the pitcher.  Nobody shagged so the outfield was filled with baseballs.  Kind of resembled an easy-to-find Easter egg hunt.

Once BP was over, the players spread out and did their Easter egg hunt, picking up the baseballs.

Spring Training Memories
Throughout spring training, Phillies Alumni are providing their spring training memories.  Three questions were posed: (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.

Greg Castserioto obtained some of the same memories from the current players.  It is among the features in the Spring Training program on sale at Bright House Field.

Current Player
Chase Utley
: “First uniform number was 80.  Didn’t have a roommate but remember staying at the Hampton Inn.  I was just overwhelmed about being at a major league camp for the first time. Seeing my teammates again after a long layoff is what I like the most.  Personally, the length of spring training is my least favorite.  To me, it’s a week too long.”

Gary Matthews (OF, 1981-83)
“Casa Grande, AZ, with the Giants minor leaguers in 1968.  Wore #36. Had three roommates, Garry Maddox, Horace Speed and Randy Moffitt. My fondest memory of the first day is when Willie Mays gave the outfielders a Kangaroo hide glove. This may sound strange, but I loved intrasquad games. It gave the winner bragging rights for the rest of the season. Didn’t like shagging fly balls in batting practice at all.”

Next Post: tomorrow


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