Day 1 Tomorrow
Day 1 of spring training 2010 officially begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow when 28 pitchers and 7 catchers work out for the first time.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee is also the camp coordinator. He’s prepared a five-page schedule for Day 1, a routine he does daily. Day 1 will end at 12:45 p.m. with conditioning for catchers on Ashburn Field.
Members of the media today included TV crews from 6, 29 and ComcastSportsNet (Philly) and channel 10 (Tampa-St. Pete); four newspapers, Inquirer, Daily News, Wilmington News Journal and Delaware County Daily Times and two websites, phillies.com (Todd Zolecki) and CSNPhilly.com (Jim Salisbury). More media will be arriving tomorrow. During the rest of the spring, media will be popping in and out. The New York Times was here yesterday.
The Baseball Communications department handles all the media inquiry. In an effort to make it convenient for some players and the media, group media briefings will be held during the early part of the camp. Otherwise, the media would scramble for certain players and those players would wind up doing multiple interviews. Brad Lidge was today’s subject; Cole Hamels, tomorrow and Roy Halladay after Friday’s workout.
Similar briefings will be held when some of the position players arrive. After that, it is business as usual with the media and players.
The media has clubhouse access beginning at 8 a.m. every day. The clubhouse is closed around 9:15-9:30 .m. for brief meetings by Dubee or Charlie. The clubhouse is open to the media again after the worktouts.
A daily feature right here will be spring training memories by Phillies Alumni, who were asked three questions: (1) Memories of their very first spring training; (2)) What did they like the most about spring training, and (3) What did they like the least.
Ricky Jordan (1B, 1988-94)
“Clearwater, 1984, training with the Spartanburg Phillies. Wore # 6. Carpenter Field was so impressive. I had no idea that many players would be there. I always enjoyed and appreciated the hands-on instruction from the staff. Didn’t like the long distance running they made us do every day. And the food for lunch, soup, soup, soup.”