Play ball!

Today was a curtailed workout schedule so the players could take part in the traditional, fun team golf outing. 

I’m not a golfer but a few years ago, I played and was on the championship team.  Won a golf bag.  If you are not a golfer, what in the heck do you do with a golf bag? Plant flowers in it?  I made a trade, one bag for three golf shirts!  Since I was on the championship team, my golf career ended.  No place to go but down was my philosophy.

It has been my experience that spring training comes in three phases.

Phase 1:  The excitement of being here and getting started.

Phase 2:  The daily workouts become routine to watch.  Let’s play games.

Phase 3:  This will come late next month…..”let’s get the season started.”

So, phase 2 starts tomorrow night, the eighth-ranked Florida State University Seminoles (13-0) at 6:35 p.m. at Bright House Networks Field.  Charlie Manuel will start the big guys in the field and will use seven different pitchers. 

It is a game in which the Phillies are in a no-win position. If they win, the response will be “They should be able to beat a college team.”  If they lose, it will be “How can you lose to a college team?”

The Grapefruit League officially begins on Thursday in Lakeland, FL, where the Phillies will play the American League Champion Detroit Tigers.  The sound of baseball can be heard again as this game will be broadcast on WPHT, Talk1210 in Philadelphia.  First Comcast SportsNet telecast is Sunday, the Yankees in Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.

Play ball!

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