Plenty of Baseball

While the Big Phillies were in Bradenton this afternoon to battle the Pirates, it was “opening day” at the Carpenter Complex with two minor league games on the schedule.

The AAA and AA Blue Jays played the AAA and AA Phillies minor leaguers (Mike Schmidt and Richie Ashburn Fields).  Plus, Three Rivers Community College played other Phillies minor leaguers on the Steve Carlton Field.  Other minor leaguers worked out on the Robin Roberts Field.  Two Phillies Class A teams were in Dunedin to play the Blue Jays.

Every day, except March 28, there are two minor league games next door at the Carpenter Complex.  There is no admission charge.

In the morning, the Phillies and Blue Jays played their third “B” game this month.  This one was in Dunedin Stadium.  Todd Zolecki will have details of that game.

Notes: Next three “A” games are at Bright House Field, Tigers (tomorrow), Yankees (Yankees) and Orioles (Friday night).  Thursdays is a day off. The Comcast Network will televise tomorrow’s and Wednesday’s 1:05 p.m. games; same for . . . Greg Luzinski will throw out the first ball tomorrow . . . MLB Security Department will meet with the team at 8 tomorrow morning.  The Department visits every major league camp every spring . . . WIP’s Glenn Macnow and Anthony Gargano are doing their show live from the Tiki Bar again tomorrow and Wednesday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). First show was today.

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.

Robin Roberts (RHP, 1948-61)
“1948 in Clearwater, roomed with Richie Ashburn at a hotel across the street from the post office. Can’t remember the name. I was finishing up at Michigan State and if I could complete the final exams, I would get my degree. I wrote a letter and asked if I could report late. The Phillies said OK, so I was late by two weeks. I don’t remember my uniform number but I do remember walking to the ballpark which then was the old Athletic Field the first day I was in Clearwater. I sat unknown in the bleachers and watched a big lefty warm up. Can’t remember his name either but he threw nice and easy and I was impressed. He was followed by another lefty and he really could pop the ball. Live fastball. I thought this guy must have gotten some money. Turned out he did. Learned that Curt Simmons was his name. I always enjoyed spring training.”

Next post: tomorrow.


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