One More Week To Go

One more week to go.  Yep, the Phillies will fly north a week from today and play the Pirates in the On-Deck Series, March 29 and 30, at Citizens Bank Park. 

So, with one more week to go, we know this:  the starting rotation is set and Ryan will play first and bat fourth.  Oh, J-Roll, Shane, Polly, Raul and Carlos will be in the lineup at their same positions.  Where they will bat is a different story.

The absence of Chase changes a lot of things, primarily the batting order.  Right field, 11 or 12 pitchers, how many back-up infielders and the batting order are questions that need to be answered before the April 1 season opener.

As of today, the Phillies have 38 players in camp, including non-roster invitees (including Luis Castillo).   The breakdown: 16 pitchers, 5 catchers, 11 infielders and 6 outfielders.  Opening day roster limit is 25.

Sunday was yet another record attendance day at Bright House Field.  It marked the fourth straight home game that a new mark was established.  With the Red Sox today, it might well be five in a row . . . Broadcaster Scott Franzke has signed a five-year contract which is great news for fans who enjoy the radio broadcasts . . . Chris Coste will be a pre and post-game commentator 9-10 times a month on Comcast SportsNet.  Tommy John surgery kept him from playing all of 2010 and may have ended his career . . . Lakewood’s 2010 South Atlantic League champions received their rings pre-game on Sunday; Gulf Coast League champion Phillies get theirs today . . . Phillies are on the road Tuesday (Dunedin) and Wednesday (Port Charlotte).  Phillies AAA and AA squads will be at Carpenter Complex each afternoon at 1.

Alumni Memories
Opening day is right around the corner.  Phillies Alumni were asked for their fondest opening day memory, minor leagues or majors.
Del Unser, (OF, 1973-74; 1979-82; CH, 1985-88)
“Playing with the Washington Senators, all the Presidential openers in Washington D.C. in the late 60’s.  Also, getting our 1980 World Series rings in the 1981 home opener.” 

They Said It
“Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw.  He always pitches when the other team doesn’t score any runs,” Tim McCarver.   



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