Clearwater Bound

It would be kind of difficult to play a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park today.  For one, the temperature isn’t conducive to the summer game.  Secondly, the beautiful green grass field has a thick white blanket of snow on top of it.  And, there’s no video board high above the left field stands.  Hot dogs right now are frozen.

Would be kind of hard to steal second base because second base isn’t visable.  Also, you would need to use orange baseballs.  White ones would disappear.

Relax.  Charlie stuck his head out of his Florida home yesterday morning and didn’t see his shadow.  So, spring training will start in 11 more days!

A more realistic sign that spring training is right around the corner is the Phillies clubhouse.  Each of the 46 lockers is completely empty.  Boxes, suit cases, duffle bags and large red trunks are everywhere.  Starting early tomorrow morning the clubhouse crew will be moving everything on to a 53-foot trailer that will carry the items to Bright House Field in Clearwater.  Sunday is unpacking day in the south.

Here’s a sample:
**15 cases of gum (regular and sugarless)
**12 cases of sunflower seeds
**20 coolers and a half pallet of POWERade mix
**250 batting practice tops
**300 helmets
**350 pair of shorts
**450 pair of socks
**600 pair of pants
**600 hats
**200 fleeces
**1,200 bats
**2,000 t-shirts
**10,000 12 oz. cups
**15,000 baseballs
**150 pairs of batting gloves
**5 bicycles

Notice, there are no pinstriped uniform jerseys.  During spring training, the Phillies will wear their red BP tops.  Oh, several pinstripe jerseys will be available for the Communications Department and their annual media/licensing photo day.  Players will don the white jerseys for the cameras.

Soon the sound of snow shovels will be replaced by the crack of the bat.  How comforting.

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