Calmer Day 2
After yesterday’s news conference with RCRCJ which brought a swelling of media, including the national types, to Clearwater, today’s clubhouse scene was more like the early days of spring training.
Sports Illustrated Senior Writer and MLB Network contributor John Heyman spent most of the morning’s media availability interviewing Lidge. At the other end of the room home clubhouse manager Phil Sheridan was getting ready for another day in the laundry room. Yep, a Notre Dame grad washes clothing. Before the team heads north Phil will go through about thirty-five giant boxes of detergent, big enough to double as dog houses. According to Phil, he starts the washing machines at about 11 o’clock every morning and they aren’t finished cleaning all of the uniforms until five hours later. He estimates that before the 2011 season is over he will do 3,000 loads of laundry.
While Phil is scrubbing, the Fightin’s were busy at Carpenter Field getting all of those uniforms dirty. Today, groups 2 and 3 saw their first action on the bullpen mounds. That meant Cliff threw for the first time along with Roy-O and Joe.
The players are taking advantage of Chamber of Commerce weather in this beautiful Gulf Coast City. Temperatures are in the lower 70’s and forecast to climb about two degrees every day until the weekend. And there’s no rain in sight.
Good conditions for hitting. Domonick Brown and John Mayberry Jr. put on a long ball show during batting practice at Bright House Field. One could only hope the alligator that lives in a pond beyond the right field wall was wearing a batting helmet.
Comcast SportsNet is spending this week in camp. Yesterday, they taped two exclusive shows with RCRCJ that will air on Sunday night (20th) and Sunday, the 27th. Michael Barkann is hosting Daily News Live from Bright House Field from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Phillies In The Community
Cliff ended his workout today by showing his charitable side. Cliff and his wife, Kristen, are supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities telethon which will be broadcast live on KYW-TV (CBS) on March 15. The first 20 viewers who make a contribution of $750 or more during the telethon will have the chance to meet Cliff on May 25, provided he’s not pitching that day. If he is, an alternate date will be chosen. Those 20 people will also have lunch in the Phillies executive dining room and take in a game. The Public Service Announcement, featuring Cliff, was taped today. It will begin airing on KYW soon to encourage telethon tune-in.
Videos on phillies.com today will feature Kendrick, Charlie and J. C. Romero . . . Voting for the Phillies Wall of Fame for 2011 is underway today on phillies.com. Fans can vote through March 15. Mike Lieberthal and Curt Schilling are the new names on the 12-Alumni ballot . . . Dallas Green met with the media on Wednesday morning. Bonnie Clark (VP of Communications) had received numerous requests for Dallas following the tragic death of his granddaughter, Christina Green. Dallas felt the best approach was to do one group session with the media early in spring training . . . Larry Bowa will sign autographs from 12 noon to 1 p.m. this Saturday in the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park . . . Mitch Williams was the guest speaker at the Distributors, Inc., meeting this morning in the Diamond Club.
(Scott Palmer and Bonnie Clark contributed to this blog today).