Happy New Year
The holidays are over. Holiday bells are being followed up by holiday bills from the friendly credit card companies. That’s part of the January reality world.
In the Phillies’ world, January is time for the annual Winter Caravan, or, as we call it these days, the Winter Tour. (Check “Press Releases” on this site for details).
This is our 38th straight year of reaching out to fans throughout the tri-state area. No other pro sport team in the city can match this tradition.
It all begins with a January 9 banquet in Williamsport, celebrating the return of Phillies minor league baseball to this Pennsylvania city. The Cutters Hot Stove League Dinner and Auction will be attended by Phillies personnel, including **** Allen. Allen played for the Williamsport Grays in 1962, the last year the Phillies were in the city.
There are numerous other banquets this month, meaning we will be up to our ears in chicken dinners.
Ryan Howard is going to be honored at numerous banquets, the Negro League Museum in Kansas City, Boston, St. Louis and New York Baseball Writers Association of America annual events, and the Philadelphia Sportswriters Banquet. Chances are beef will be mixed in with some chicken at these banquets.
January also means receiving information for income taxes that are due in April. Uncle Sam Grinch!
On the bright side, January means spring training is just around the corner…six weeks until pitchers and catchers take to the green fields of Carpenter Field in Clearwater.
Oh, there’s also an annual banquet in Clearwater next month, the Clearwater For Youth Banquet. Chicken, southern style!