Spring training is here

CLEARWATER–Around 8:00 a.m. this morning, a large North American moving van pulled into Bright House Networks Field packed with over 25,000 pounds of Phillies equipment and supplies, thus officially triggering the start of spring training.

Can’t play baseball without bats, balls, uniforms, shoes, gloves and bubble gum.

It was a bright, sunny, 63-degree morning, something the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce likes to brag about.

Jack O’Rourke, the veteran KYW Radio reporter—and I mean veteran—has a tradition of meeting the truck and filing his first of some 300 daily reports from Clearwater.  Jack has the truck driver blast the horn three times as his official start of spring training.  Very creative person, that Jack fellow.

Clubhouse personnel were busy throughout the day getting things unpacked.  The team of athletic trainers were stocking their shelves with medical supplies.

Charlie Manuel huddled with Frank Coppenbarger, Director of Travel and Equipment.  Aaron Rowand was the first player in the clubhouse this morning, getting his locker in order.

On Wednesday, pitchers and catchers report for physicals.  The next day, they work out for the first time.  On Monday, Feb. 19, position players have their physicals and then practice officially for the first time on the 20th.  But, you can except other position players like Rowand to be in camp early.

The Baron’s Corner will spring into much more frequent action starting on Wednesday.  The goal is to keep you informed of inside the Phillies spring training camp.

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