Ready for Phase 2

Short day as the team golf tournament is scheduled for 1 this afternoon.  A chance for some fun and relaxation before the games begin.  12 teams of six players each are set for the scramble golf outing.  It most likely will be aired on the Comedy Channel as opposed to the Golf Channel.

To me, spring training comes in three phases: (1) can’t wait to get here; (2) let’s play some games, and (3) let’s get out of here.

Phase 2 begins tomorrow night with the Florida State University baseball team playing the Phils. Reporting time for players is 3:45 p.m.; game is at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are available.

The Grapefruit League season begins on Thursday afternoon, the World Champion Yankees vs. the NL Champion Phillies at Bright House Field.  Gates open at 10:35 for the 1:05 afternoon game.  You can follow the game on Comcast SportsNet, WPHT 1210 AM and

Jared from Subway fame is here today.  He and Ryan Howard will be taping a Subway commercial on the field after the workout. 

MLB Network
30 Clubs in 30 Days is the agenda for the MLB Network.  A crew will be in Clearwater on Friday.  Each camp visit will turn into an hour-long feature on that particular club.

MLB Network, the network’s signature studio show during the regular season, is now on the air every evening at 6 ET.

Historical Blog
Today is the 800th Phillies Insider.  Don’t know where that ranks in Blog History because records aren’t kept and the vast majority of the world doesn’t care. 

If you had trouble sleeping, hope Phillies Insider helped put you to sleep. 

Perhaps 800 blogs are more hysterical than historical. 

Alumni Memories
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.

Von Hayes (OF-1B, 1983-91)
“My first spring training was in Tucson, Arizona, with the Cleveland Indians. I wore number 62 and my first roommate was Chris Bando. It was my first year out of college and I went directly to the Major League camp. I was overwhelmed to say the least. The thing I remember most about my first day was how terrifying Cliff Johnson looked. While the rest of the team stretched, Cliff was on his own program smoking cigs and generally letting everyone know how miserable he was to be in Cleveland that year. Regardless of it all, that man could hit!  The best part of spring training is at the beginning when you get a chance to see your teammates again before the games start. It’s a no-stress, fun-time that always produces good memories. The worst part of spring training was always how long it was. I always felt that a week of practice and about 10 games was all I needed to be ready to play. I always thought the pitchers should still report in February and let the rest of the team report somewhere around the middle of March. Let them throw against a wall for a month until we got there. Just kidding, but a week less wouldn’t have hurt!”

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