Final Days in ST

What began with the first day of pitchers and catchers on February 13 ends tomorrow as the Phillies and Blue Jays close out spring training, 1:05 p.m. on The Comcast Network.

After the game, there’s a charter flight to Philly leading from the near by St. Pete/Clearwater airport. Sports coats, slacks and shirts with collars are the dress code for the flight. Travel roster will include extra players for the Phillies-Pirates in the On-Deck Series, Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The Blue Jays also head north but to Montreal for a pair of games against the Mets. Then, get this, they return to Florida to open the season Monday afternoon to play the Rays in St. Petersburg.

Awards Day
Before today’s game:
Bill Giles Award (OF Justin Parr)
Larry Rojas Award (C Gabriel Lino)
John Vukovich Award (Lehigh Valley coach Sal Rende)

Countdown to Opening Day
5 days and baseball 2014 officially starts, Phillies at Rangers.

Among all Phillies players, Pat Burrell wore #5 for the most seasons, eight. Three years each, Kim Batiste, Larry Cox, Roy Sievers. As a coach, Mike Ryan was #5 for 12 seasons. Coach Steve Henderson currently wears the number.

Classy tweets from Fransden
Kevin Frandsen?@KevinFrandsen Leaving an org. who gave me huge opp is as difficult a choice one could make! Ryno will lead the way and great things will happen! #Believe
Kevin Frandsen?@KevinFrandsen Thanks to ALL @Phillies @IronPigs fans for last 3+ yrs. It was an honor to play w/ passion in front of the fans with the most passion!!

Opening Day Fun Facts
April 19, 1900–Phillies beat Braves in Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings, the highest scoring opener in National league history. Braves score nine in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

Opening Day Numbers
Which Phillies icons have hit the most home runs and won the most games on opening day? Really hard question, I know.



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