Another sellout on a warm, breezy Clearwater afternoon. On the upside, Adam Eaton threw three scoreless innings but the Twins got to J. D. Durbin and Fabio Castro and cruised to a victory.
The crowd was a Clearwater record, 10,178. Previous record was some 200 less.
Rich Dubee put on his grim reaper look this morning. Shane Youman and John Ennis were directed to Charlie Manuel’s office where they were informed they were being sent next door to the minor league complex.
Dubee spent part of the afternoon watching Kyle Kendrick, J. C. Romero and Tom Gordon pitch at Carpenter Field. Kendrick rebounded, allowing two runs in four innings. Rod Nichols, the IronPigs pitching coach, was in charge at Bright House Field until Dubee returned.
Three minor league pitchers, Kris Wilson, Darren Byrd and Drew Naylor, were assigned by the staff at the complex to dress for the big league game. You can always spot the youngsters. They huddle together at the south end of clubhouse, a vacant area now that there have been so many roster cuts.
What do players do after batting practice is over and the visiting team is hitting?
A mixture……extra hitting in the cages, the weight room, grab a bite to eat, crossword puzzles, basketball on TV, gather around a table and chat, ipod time, media interviews, visit the athletic trainers, step outside for cell phone calls (cell phones are not permitted in the clubhouse). Media has access until one hour prior to game time.
45 minutes before today’s game Charlie Manuel sat at the table and entertained the players, keeping the guys loose.
9 a.m. bus for a trip to Sarasota to play the Reds. Pat Burrell, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz are the regulars not on the traveling roster which is posted on the clubhouse bulletin board. Brett Myers is starting.
Those remaining in Clearwater will work out briefly at Bright House Field.
The Legends Game of Major League Alumni will be held at Bright House in the afternoon. Tickets will be on sale Sunday morning. Proceed benefit a local children’s hospital.
St. Patrick’s Day which means the Phillies will be wearing green uniform jerseys and green hats, a tradition that Tug McGraw started some 30 years ago.