Did You Vote?

Another sellout with the Yankees in Clearwater today.  Tomorrow, the Rays are here and yet another sellout is expected.

Phillies fans are also in great numbers on road games.  Can’t miss the red colors or pinstripe jerseys.

Alumni battery today was John Kruk throwing to Darren Daulton.  Both remain crowd favorites.  Kruk is here for the ESPN telecast.  He’s in the ESPN booth again when we play the Braves on Wednesday in Orlando.

Notes: Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge threw in minor league games at Carpenter Complex this afternoon . . . Going into today’s game, starters have a 1.96 ERA; overall 3.30 team ERA is lowest of all MLB teams this month . . . Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic Philly radio station is live from the Tiki Bar, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow.

Did You Vote?: 5 p.m. tomorrow is the deadline for fan online voting for the Phillies Wall of Fame.

Alumni Memories
A daily feature–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.

Ricky Bottalico (RHP, 1994-98; 2001-02)
“My first spring was 1992 with the Phillies minor leaguers.  Lived in a small apartment near the bay with another pitcher, Dan Brown.  I remember walking in the clubhouse at Carpenter Complex and seeing a #9 with my name on it hanging in a locker.  I felt strange that first day because I really didn’t know most of the minor leaguers and there were a lot of them.  Really loved spring training every year because I was getting out of cold weather and playing baseball.  It was work but it was fun work.  Enjoyed the rare chances we had to play some golf.  What didn’t I like?  My performance.  I was a terrible, terrible spring training pitcher.  I couldn’t get anyone out.”

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