Where has the time gone?
The last out in a spring game in Clearwater is now history. At one point, this day seemed so far in the distance.
Reporting time for the players was 11 a.m., rather than the normal 9:30 routine they’ve been following for the last six weeks.
Some players will be boarding a 9:15 bus tomorrow morning for the last Florida game in Bradenton. The team will fly out of Sarasota tomorrow evening and play the Red Sox on Friday and Saturday in the traditional On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park.
Some players will not be on the charter as they are remaining in Clearwater to rehab their injuries.
Some players left the Bright House Networks Field clubhouse today, no longer Phillies.
Some players on tomorrow’s charter will return to the minors after this weekend.
So, the end has come to another spring training in Clearwater, the final one for me in this PR capacity. As a rookie in 1964, I was able to put on about 25 pounds thanks to expense accounts and endless restaurant dinners and deserts. I’m proud to say, I haven’t shed one pound since.
Six weeks or 43 springs. Where has the time gone?