Plenty of BP
Fundamentals, batting practice, conditioning, batting practice, fundamentals, conditioning. Say hello to day 12 of spring training.
Pitchers threw batting practice at 11:25 p.m. BP resumed at 12:15 with the coaches throwing to the four hitting groups.
It is the final day for a full workout. Tomorrow, the workout is shorter because of the annual team golf tournament at 1 p.m. Weather may wipe out both as rain and another cold front is coming. Wednesday night, Florida State University against the Phillies at Bright House Field.
Grapefruit League kicks off in grand style on Thursday afternoon, Yankees in sold-out Bright House Field. Sabathia vs. Halladay. Not bad for starters. Comcast SportsNet for TV and WPHT 1210 AM for radio, plus MLB.com.
Off the field, Philadelphia Magazine is in day two of three days of photography sessions with some of the players.
Right-handed pitcher Nick Stincevich, who pitched in six games with the Phillies in 1948, turns 95 today. He joins OF Alex Pitko as the second oldest Phillie; 1B Art Mahan is 96.
Strincevich’s claim to Phillies fame is that he was the last player to wear #36 before Robin Roberts. He was released by the Phillies on June 18, the same day Roberts was brought up to the majors from Wilmington. “I walked in the clubhouse and there was #36 hanging in my locker. We didn’t have names on jerseys then,” recalls Roberts. “This person walks up to me. ‘Good luck. I hope you are a better pitcher then me.’ Turns out it was Nick.”
As a birthday present, we are sending a Phillies #36 jersey to Nick.
A daily feature will be spring training memories by Phillies Alumni, who were asked three questions: (1) Memories of their very first spring training; (2) What they liked the most about spring training, and (3) What did they like the least.
Greg Luzinski (OF, 1970-80)
“My first day was 1969, an invitee to spring training. Wore #19 from day one. I remember being in the back room at Jack Russell Stadium with all the other rookies. I was a first baseman that first year and Deron Johnson, the team’s first baseman, took me under his wings even though I was technically fighting for his job later on. He helped me out a lot from day one. Once January came every year, you got anxious for spring training. We used to get there and spend time getting in shape. That’s different today as the players are in better shape. Clearwater was a great place to bring the kids. We’d stay on the beach near other families. The kids had a better time than we did. Didn’t care for road trips, especially the three-day trips. You could get more work done when you played home games compared to road games. Plus back then, to go south from Clearwater you had to take Route 41. With all the traffic lights, trips took longer than today.”
The Phillies ballgirl team is set for 2010. You can find their blog on this site often throughout the season. They provide a different insight into the Phillies and their fans.
Next Post: tomorrow.