Spring training has always come in three phases in my experiences: (1) can’t wait to get here; (2) can’t wait for the games to begin, and (3) can’t wait to get out of here and start the regular season.
Well, I believe we’re in phase 2. The daily workouts are pretty routine at this time of the spring. One of the different drills today was sliding for pitchers. Davey Lopes oversaw that drill around 11:30 a.m.
The early morning was spent with the measuring of uniforms by Majestic, the official manufacturer of major league baseball. Players took turns going into the multi-purpose room where Majestic reps were set up.
Basically, each player gets two sets of home and road uniforms. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and a couple others will have extra pants made because they will rip a few pair along the way.
The home uniforms will be shipped late next month to Citizens Bank Park. The gray road uniforms will come down here, be organized and then sent back north on the equipment truck on March 24. Geez, we haven’t even played a game and I’m talking about the truck going back north.
In the Community
Ryan Madson taped a public service announcement for the ALS Association of Florida this morning.
Tonight is the annual PhanFest at Bright House Field. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks ending the evening at 8. Admission is free.
Among the events is an autograph session from 7-8: Jamie Moyer, Geoff Jenkins, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz, Brad Lidge, So Taguchi, Kyle Kendrick and Carlos Ruiz.
Wall of Fame ballot
Fan voting online is now underway for the Phillies’ 2008 Wall of Fame induction ceremony that will take place on August 8: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/fan_forum/wof_ballot.jsp.