First Clearwater Game
For two-plus weeks, it has been quiet at Bright House Field. That changed today with the first Grapefruit League game in the six-year-old ballpark. Gates opened at 10:35 a.m. for the 1 o’clock afternoon game.
Music is blaring on the PA system and you can hear the buzz of fans. Weather is a picture-perfect Clearwater day.
Today’s schedule for the players:
**9:30 a.m., exercise, Bright House Field
**9:50 a.m., Pitchers long toss, Ashburn Field; position players, BHF.
**10:00 a.m., infield fundamentals, BHF and Ashburn.
**10:15 a.m., batting practice, BHF and Ashburn.
**12:52 p.m., player introductions.
**1:05 p.m., play ball.
Bunch of Major League scouts are here today, a ritual at all spring games. Two Phillies Alumni are among the batch of scouts, Jim Fregosi (Braves) and Lee Elia (Dodgers) . . . WIP AM radio show will be live from BHF again the next two mornings (5:30 Friday, 8 on Saturday morning). Angelo and company get to see the sun rise over the right field wall, a pretty picture. (The sunrise is pretty; Angelo?) . . . Phillies are in Sarasota (Reds) tomorrow and then return to Clearwater to face the Rays on Saturday, the first meeting since the World Series . . . NL Teams are using the DH for home games during the early portion of the spring schedule.