Five zeroes

It doesn’t get much better than this for a spring training game in Clearwater.  Bright sunshine, blue skies, 79 degrees at game time and a packed house for the Tigers.

When the attendance of 9,380 was announced in the seventh inning, it represented the second-largest at Bright House Networks Field.  People were everywhere, especially the grass berm in the outfield where treated to a double-header–a baseball game and sun-bathing.

Jamie Moyer put on a clinic, pitching five shutout innings.  As he left the dugout to walk to the clubhouse in the left field corner, fans stood and cheered. 

During spring games, the media is permitted in the clubhouse once the starting pitcher has left the game.  Greg Casterioto and his media relations assistant, Kevin Gregg, team up on the process.  One will head for the clubhouse to check with the starter on when he is ready for the media.  Some pitchers need to ice their shoulders or elbow, others want to lift weights, do some running or even more throwing.  Some prefer to get the interview out of the way and then continue their routine.  Moyer asked for 30 minutes while he iced and showered.

At the other end of the clubhouse, a half-dozen players who left the game were glued to the ACC basketball game on the tube. 

Soon, the 60-player camp will be reduced.  Eventually, the Phillies will need to get to the 25-man player limit for opening day, which is three weeks from tomorrow.

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