Phillies today continued a tradition that was started by Tug McGraw some 30 years ago….wearing of green uniform jerseys and green hats for St. Patrick’s Day.
A full house turned out on a sunny but breezy day for the Yankees.
Entertaining the fans was Mr. Carrasco, the official mascot of the Rakuten Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League. The Eagles were an expansion team in 2005.
According to the press information, “Mr. Carrasco is really a crow, but personally believes that he is an eagle, and first put on a mask when he saw that he did not look anything similar to other eagles.” I would tend to agree that he doesn’t look like an eagle.
It is the first USA appearance for Mr. Carrasco. He’ll be back again tomorrow. If only Phillie Phanatic were here to defend his territory.
Former Phillies right-hander Larry Christenson threw out the ceremonial first ball. Jamie Moyer, today’s starting pitcher, stood off to the mound and told LC, “You were one of my heroes when I was growing up. You and Lefty (Steve Carlton).”
Darren Daulton and three of his children were also in attendance. On Thursday night, 80-year-old RHP Bob Miller, one of five living members of the 1950 National League champion Phillies, was at the game.
Tomorrow, the Phillies have split their camp roster because of two games, one in Ft. Myers against the Twins and one for a game at Bright House Networks Field against the Devil Rays.
A dozen Phillies minor league players will be added to the roster for the trip to Ft. Myers. They won’t mind the 7:45 a.m. bus departure and the two hour, 40-minute trip.