Today’s game was in Ft Myers…the longest bus trip of this year’s spring training.
As per MLB rules, teams must bring at least three starters to every road game. For this trip, the veterans were hoping that their name wasn’t posted on the board. Victorino, Brown and Francisco along with Cole were picked for this 2 1/2 hour trip south. Cole dazzled in his outing.
For the rest of the players that didn’t have to board the 7:45 a.m. bus, they still trickled in early in the morning to eat breakfast, hit the weight room or do other pre-field activities. Team stretching started at 9:30 at Bright House Field. At 10:00 a.m., the hitters took BP while the pitchers long tossed then before working on fielding drills on the back field. After the drills, the pitchers took to the batting cages for a friendly hitting competition.
Around noon, the players mostly dispersed after a long morning of workouts. As for the guys who traveled, the estimated time back to Clearwater will be around 7:00 p.m.
The team tomorrow has a shorter bus trip to Bradenton (about 45 minutes) to take on the Pirates. Game will be broadcast on MLB.com with Tom McCarthy and Gary Matthews.
Just a reminder about the Honorary Bat Girl Contest being sponsored by MLB and the Phillies. Open to ladies 18 and over.
(John Brazer, Director of Publicity, contributed to today’s blog).