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Seeing Florida.  That’s the Phillies this week.  Today in Tampa, tomorrow Orlando, Wednesday Dunedin and Friday, a split squad visiting Lakeland and Port Charlotte.

That leaves two home games, Thursday and Saturday.

Tomorrow is a 7:05 night gam against the Braves in Champion Stadium on the premises of Disney World (Halladay is starting).  Two busses will leave at 1:30 p.m.  Utley, Ibanez and Ruiz are regulars not on the trip.  They and the rest of the players will work out at Bright House Field at 9:30 in the morning.

Notes: Next three games will be broadcast on phillies.com by a rotating group of Phillies announcers, two per game . . . Sunday’s game against the Rays drew 10,474, a record for Bright House Field . . . Jamie Moyer starts another “B” game, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Blue Jays, Bright House Field.  Gates open at 9:30 a.m.  Free for all fans . . . Victorino (sore throwing shoulder) is close to playing for the first time.  He’s on the traveling roster for tomorrow.

Next Door: Minor league camp begins on Wednesday at Carpenter Complex; 157 players . . . Minor league pitchers and catchers have been working out for four days.  Today, all pitchers took part in a 2-mile run at 8:40 in the morning.  That was followed by breakfast, certainly not my daily routine!

Alumni Memories
A daily feature–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.

Lee Elia (CH, 1980-81; 1985-87; MGR, 1987-88)
“It was with the Phillies minor league camp in 1959 in Kissimmee, FL.  Don’t remember my uniform number but it was up there in the 60s or 70s. I couldn’t believe there were that many players in the camp, which really was for the Class A players only. We lived in a hotel, six to a room. If a roommate got released, someone else moved in. Growing up in Philadelphia and going to Florida every year was special. During the early years, we went south on the train. No more snow or cold weather, just sunshine, warm weather, palm trees, the smell of grass being cut, the sight of a baseball field. It meant the start of another season was at hand. I loved the game so there was nothing I didn’t like.”

Next post: tomorrow

 

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