We'll be alright
Chilly, but sunny and bright day. Scoreboard didn’t reflect the sunshine as the Phillies dropped their fourth straight. Crowd was 9,402, fourth largest in Bright House Field history.
Morning began with an annual meeting by Major League Baseball’s security department. Once that was out of the way, Steve Smith and Rich Dubee became the “grim reapers.”
Fourteen different players were asked by either Smith (position players) or Dubee (pitchers) to visit Charlie Manuel in his office. There, the players got the news….pack your bags and report to Carpenter Field. (Check Ken Mandel’s news story on this site).
Golf pro John Daly was an on-field guest of Pat Burrell’s during batting practice. Daly was playing in a tournament nearby. He was given a red Phillies uniform jersey with # 3 and his name on the back. Harry Kalas took one look at Daly and barked, “There’s a long drive……”
Fifth road game in the last seven is on tap for tomorrow. J. D. Durbin will start at Bradenton (Pirates, no radio). Bus: 9 a.m.
We’ll be alright
Dubee stopped by the office to use the copier for tomorrow’s schedule. When asked about the pitching, he responded, "We’re gonna be alright, Baron." That’s good enough for me.
After he came out of the game, Jimmy Rollins taped an RBI/Rookie Leagues commercial spot for Major League Baseball. It was a huge league production of over 100 people, including 50 kids, and took place on the half field.
The crew arrived at 10 a.m. and was due to tear down at 6:30 p.m. Jimmy’s involvement included an audio voice over recording and then on camera at home plate on the half field. His commitment was 3 to 4:30 in the afternoon.
After the game, a crowd gathered outside the ticket office which overlooks the half-field. The entire production was just that….a production.
Favorite TV show growing up?
“Cosby Show”, Eric Bruntlett.