A fan showed up at 2 a.m. today to make sure he could get a standing room ticket for the sold out game this afternoon between the Rays and Phillies at Bright House Field.
Pat Burrell was an early arrival. Strange to see him in another uniform. He’s the DH for the Rays.
Don Fehr held his annual meeting with the Phillies players and the clubhouse was closed starting at 8:30.
Davey Johnson’s World Baseball Classic’s team will work out at Bright House Field at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. The practice session is open to the fans (no charge). Gates open at 11:30 a.m.
Mike Schmidt will be the third base coach for Team USA. “Little pressure giving signs. I never looked for signs when I played,” he laughed.
Pat Gillick threw out the first ball . . . Phillies have added two “B” games against the Blue Jays, Monday (10 a.m.) and Friday (2 p.m.) at Carpenter Field. . . . Charlie Manuel and Joe Maddon are being honored at the annual Clearwater For Youth Banquet tonight . . . In case you haven’t noticed, Todd Zolecki is posting the Phillies starting lineup early in his Zo Zone blog. That will carry throughout the season . . . 8 a.m. bus tomorrow for a trip to Orlando to play the Braves . . . Condolences to Gary Matthews, whose mother, Catherine, died Thursday in Atlanta. Gary will not be in the TV booth today.