Time to play ball for real. Spring training is in the books.
Time to reflect on another Clearwater spring:
Best Sign: “The King and His Court” was a hand-made sign on a third-level office door at Bright House Field. Three desks with one computer and one phone served as the working area for Pat Gillick, Dallas Green and Charley Kerfeld. Fortunately, there were no fights over the use of the computer.
Best Rookie: The Zo Zone.blog on phillies.com by Todd Zolecki.
Best Uniformed Rookie: Actually, two stood out, OF John Mayberry Jr. and INF Jason Donald. Both have bright futures.
Most Impressive Newcomer: Raul Ibanez, hands down. The man can play. He’s also a huge asset in the clubhouse. All the reports we heard are true.
Toughest Jobs: Staff in the minor league camp that had to deliver news to some 40 players that they were no longer part of the Phillies organization.
Best Weather: Without a doubt, the best weather I’ve seen since I first set foot in this city in 1963. Sunny, warm (75-83) every day but two.
Biggest Disappointment: We can’t take the weather with us on the team charter.
Favorite Ballpark: Other than Bright House Field, I don’t know. Didn’t make any road trips!