Utley meets with media
The great run of spectacular weather continues in Clearwater.
Chase Utley took advantage by meeting with all of the media down the left field line at Bright House Field. Chase was asked about the great response today as single game tickets went on sale up north. He praised the passion of the Phillies fans and said he and his teammates are looking forward to once again playing in front of sold out crowds at home. You can see the Utley interview later tonight on phillies.com., along with a feature on the new Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager and Hall of Fame second baseman, Ryne Sandberg.
Did you know that there are only two players to play in the major leagues with the first name, Ryne? And, both played for the Phillies. The other was a pitcher, the late Ryne Duren, who was with the Phillies from 1963-65.
The position players aren’t the only ones who have shown up early. Broadcasters Larry Andersen and Gary (Sarge) Matthews and Chris Wheeler are all in camp. LA spent the morning watching the pitchers, while Sarge, to no one’s surprise, finds a seat in the dugout at Bright House Field where the hitters are doing their thing.
Reliever David Herndon is the proud owner of a new guitar. The right-hander has been playing for about four years but this is his first electric guitar and amp. He bought it yesterday in Clearwater and it’s made by a company called Ibanez. No relation to Raul Ibanez, and for the record it’s pronounced EEE’-BEN-EZ. Ironically Raul also plays guitar and last year picked up his own Ibanez model.
The latest photo shoot in camp is Philly Magazine. Cliff Lee will be on the cover of the April issue which will also feature an interview with Ruben.
Friday’s the last day before all 59 players will work out as a unit. The 10 a.m. workouts at Carpenter Field are open to fans. Starting on Saturday, all four diamonds at Carpenter Field will be used. Plenty to see for fans.