Early Smiles

Smile.

Starting at 7 a.m. today, 157 Phillies minor league players were asked just that as their photos were taken in the weight room at Carpenter Complex.  One-by-one they paraded through, donning a Phillies camp and a pinstriped jersey.  It look over two hours to complete.

Tomorrow, introductions of the front office staff will take place on the Steve Carlton Field at 9. Daily workouts at Carpenter Complex are open to the fans.  Minor league exhibition games will begin there soon.  Also, free to the public.

Meanwhile next door at Bright House Field, it was quiet when 1:30 p.m. came around.  Two busses took the traveling roster east for a night game with the Braves near Disney World.  The rest of the players worked out at 9:30 this morning and had the afternoon free.

Camp Notes: “B” game with the Blue Jays at 10 tomorrow morning at Bright House Field.  Gates open at 9:30 and there is no admission charge.  Jamie Moyer will make his second spring appearance . . . The Don Bonaduce Show on 94 WYSP in Philly is on the air from the Tiki Bar, 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. tomorrow and Thursday.

Where Are They?:  Former Phillies are sprinkled around spring training camps as non-roster players: Miguel Cairo (Reds), Bruce Chen (Royals), Geoff Geary (Rangers), Rodrigo Lopez (Diamondbacks), Matt Stairs (Padres) and Jack Taschner (Pirates).  One of the players in the Phillies minor league camp is right-hander Brandon Duckworth.

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.

Mickey Morandini (2B, 1990-97; 2000)
“I was with the Spartanburg club in 1990 and we trained at Carpenter Field in Clearwater. Don’t remember much more than I survived that first day. Loved the Florida weather but didn’t like the alarm clock going off at 6 a.m.”

Next post: tomorrow.

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