It’s game day! Just six days after the full squad reported, the Phillies are facing a team with different uniforms. The Florida State University Seminoles arrived this morning with a traveling party of more than 60. It’s much larger than they would bring for a road game during their season. But who can blame them for wanting to bring as many people as possible to watch the four-time Eastern Division Champions at Bright House Field. During the Phillies morning BP, a gaggle of FSU players surrounded the batting cage to watch Ryan and his teammates.
The Phillies clubhouse had a few more smiles this morning. When the games begin, it means the players no longer have to go through the same routine of drills that have occupied their days for the last week. Veterans can count on playing early, before heading to the showers and then to their favorite golf course or back to the beach condo with their families.
Today’s game isn’t being broadcast on radio or television, but the highlights will be all over the place. MLB Network called this morning to make sure we will have our phillies.com camera taping the game. There is increased interest because this is the first game being played this spring by any Major League team, in either Arizona or here in Florida.
Game highlights and player interviews will be on this site later this evening. Tonight’s video feed will also include a one-on-one interview with Doc Halladay.
Happy Spring Opening Day everybody!
Phillies and Blue Jays will play a “B” game at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bright House Field; gates open at 9:30 and there is no admission charge . . . That morning, another group of Phillies will bus to Tampa for their Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees. Same two teams open the Bright House Field portion of the spring training schedule on Sunday afternoon. Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will broadcast both Yankee games on 1210 AM, The Big Talker, and MLB.com . . . Cliff Lee did an interview with ESPN The Magazine today . . . Baseball America’s top 100 prospects for 2011 has come out and the Phillies have four: OF Domonic Brown (4th), OF Jonathan Singleton (36th), RHP Brody Colvin (56th) and RHP Jarred Cosart (70th). Singleton is 19 years of age, Colvin and Cosart, 20.
(Scott Palmer contributed to today’s blog)