Night game tonight, day game tomorrow. Sort of like the regular season. Players’ lives are geared to playing night games, sometimes five straight. Day games break their daily routine.
Spring training is different. Only three night games are on the Phillies schedule. One was against Florida State University. Other than tonight? Next Friday, the Yankees in Tampa.
Players were told to be dressed by 3 this afternoon for a meeting with the players’ association. BP is doubtful.
Tonight: Lakewood Blue Claws will receive their South Atlantic League championship rings pre-game . . . First ball battery will be Galen Cisco, former Phillies pitching coach, and Michael Cisco, his grandson who is in his third pro season as a Phillies minor league pitcher . . . Navy Leap Frogs are scheduled to parachute into Bright House Field.
Tomorrow: Phillies play a 1 o’clock afternoon game in Lakeland. Buses leave at 8:45 a.m.. . . Next four Phillies games, starting tomorrow, are on TV; check the spring training schedule on this site for more information . . . While the Phillies are out of town tomorrow, there are two minor league games at 1 p.m. at Carpenter Complex.
Elsewhere: Phillies ballgirls have a new blog posted: Down The Lines With the Phillies Ballgirls. Must reading.
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.
Ron Stone (OF, 1969-72)
“Thomasville, GA, in 1963, the Orioles’ minor league camp. Noticed there were no black players living with white players or even drinking out of the same water coolers. Everyone lived in barracks. Some nights, players would throw firecrackers at other buildings. The result was push-ups in the middle of the night. 3 was the number I recall wearing. My first major league camp was in 1966 with the KC A’s in Bradenton; Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter was my roomie. I was a workout nut at the time and loved the practices. Didn’t like the down time that was always present in the workouts. I was traded for Clay Dalrymple and went to spring training with the Phillies for the first time in 1969. Worked hard all winter and ended up in right field in Chicago on Opening Day.”
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