9 More Days
Back on February 9, Frank Coppenbarger, Director Team Travel and Clubhouse Services, circulated an e-mail that the equipment truck would leave for Clearwater on February 13. That was a signal that spring training was right around the corner.
Well, he e-mailed again on Monday: “The equipment truck to Citizens Bank Park will leave on Tuesday, March 31.” That’s a signal that the season is right around the corner.
Nine more days in Florida.
OF Adolfo Phillips, RHP Humberto Robinson, LHP Bruce Chen, and C Carlos Ruiz are Panamanians that have played for the Phillies. 22-year-old right-hander Severino Gonzalez will be #5 when he makes it to the majors. He handled himself well on Monday, three scoreless innings against the Braves, four hits, no walks, two strikeouts. He’s scheduled to pitch at Lehigh Valley this season.
RHP Aaron Harang stayed back in Clearwater on Monday to pitch in a minor league game at Carpenter Complex. He threw 75 pitches during a five-inning outing in which he gave up six hits, three runs.
RHP Chad Billingsley will pitch in a minor league game at Carpenter on Thursday. Phillies Class AAA and AA teams will be playing the same levels from the Yankees at Carpenter Complex at 1 p.m. There is no admission charge.
Or, you can drive to Dunedin where the Phillies play the Blue Jays tomorrow.
Spring Training Phun Fact
Phillies defeated New York Yankees, 5-1, in first game played at Bright House Network Field, March 4, 2004. SS Jimmy Rollins hit the first home run.
Spring Training Memories
Tom McCarthy (Broadcaster, 2001-2005; 2007-)
“I remember my first big league spring training like it was yesterday. It was 2001. I had no idea of where I was going or where I was staying. I wound up staying at the old Adams Mark on Clearwater Beach. That night I watched the sunset for first time and thinking it was the most spectacular thing I have ever a seen.
“I had this oversized recorder that was the width and length of a school notebook binder to do a feature segments of the radio pre-game show called, ‘Growing Up With Baseball’. My first interview was with Larry Bowa. When I was done, he thanked me and welcomed me aboard. He said: ‘Thanks Mac, let me know if you need anything.’
“I must have done six features that day. I didn’t want anyone to think I was there fooling around. And, I thought it was the greatest thing to hang in the press box that day with Wheels, Harry, LA and Scott (Graham). I was part of their team and they made me feel so welcome.”