Green Uniforms Today

As everyone knows by now, Domonic Brown had a huge day yesterday and then was called into Charlie Manuel’s office,  “Son, we’re assigning you to the minor league camp.”  Well, that wasn’t exactly what was said but it was the message.  Some day this young prospect will not hear those words again.

Also sent to the minor league camp next door were B. J. Rosenberg, Chris Duffy and Ryan Vogelsong.  They will be assigned to a minor league club later this month.  Andrew Carpenter was optioned to Lehigh Valley.  This reduces the number in the big league camp to 38.  Have to be at 25 for opening day.

Those five packed their bags and headed north about 200 yards. They will wear their same jerseys in the minor league camp.  All players, majors or minors, have a red jersey with their name and number on the back.  One change….in the minor league camp all stirrups must be knee high.

Green hats and green jerseys are in order for today’s game against the Yankees at sold out Bright House Field (10,640, a new ballpark record). Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day was a tradition started by the late Tug McGraw back in the late 1970s. 

Minor league RHPs Justin DeFratus and Michael Schwimmer are in uniform for the game this afternoon.

Tomorrow: Day off for the major league camp . . . Those requiring medical attention or who will want to work out in the weight room need to do so between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  . . . AAA and AA minor league clubs will play their Blue Jays counterparts at the complex at 1 p.m.  Admission is free . . . Happ, Hamels and Lidge will pitch at the coomplex.

Friday: 7 p.m. game against the Orioles . . . Major League Baseball Players Association will have a 3 p.m. meeting which means there might not be any Phillies batting practice. MLBPA visits every camp every spring.

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.

Mike Rogodzinski (OF, 1973-75)
“March 1970 was my first spring training. My uniform was made of heavy wool with chips of wood sewn in for durability. I don’t remember the number but it was three digits. I came out of college thinking I might play at the A level. But Andy Seminick gave me a chance to work out with his double-A team that first day. Boy, was I lucky.
Roomed with a left-handed pitcher from the state of Washington named Tom Horne. What I don’t miss is lunch. The coaches would walk around with sandwiches while we grunts got a Dixie cup of the day’s soup with two packs of crackers. We also were given a cup of Gatorade to wash it all down. Talk about living large.”

Next post: Friday



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