Clearwater Weekend

Meet Joe Cynar.  His office: second floor of the Paul Owens Clubhouse at the Carpenter Complex.  His title: Manager, Minor League Equipment and Florida Training Complex Operations.  His job: his title tells it all.  Right now he is making sure 162 minor league players have the proper equipment for the first camp workout on Sunday.

Throughout spring training, Charlie and Dubee may ask for extra players from the minor league camp on a day-by-day basis.  Once those names have been identified, Joe then e-mails those in the big league camp.  His early morning e-mail today:

“The following players will be joining the major league club for today’s game against the Pirates: RHP Matt Anderson (#89) and RHP Jason Grilli (#93).”

So, Matt and Jason were at Bright House Field for the 9:30 a.m. bus departure for a trip south to Bradenton for a game with the Pirates.

Early this morning (like 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.), 92.5 WXTU and Wired 96.5 radio did live radio broadcasts from the Tiki Bar at Bright House Field.  Roy Oswalt, Kyle Kendrick and David Herndon were guests on both shows.

Back Home
Phillies return to Clearwater for a Saturday game against the Pirates and a Sunday game against a Rays split squad . . . Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will be on the air both days.  Yep, back-to-back work days for the two broadcasters . . . Sunday is also on WPHT TV (MyPhil), with Tom McCarthy, Chris Wheeler and Gary Mathews . . . Both games are also on . . . Following Sunday’s game, fans can also tune in to WBCB AM (1490) out of Levittown to listen to a show hosted by John Brazer and Ricky Bottalico.  That show can also be heard on WBCB’s website.

Mike Schmidt
departs camp on Saturday . . . Phillies will have a couple of foursomes in Monday’s Robin Roberts Memorial Golf Tournament at the Temple Terrace, FL, Golf and Country Club, where Robbie was a regular.  Last game Robbie saw was at Bright House Field last spring training.  He passed away in May . . . Yet another Philadelphia radio station will be in camp for a live broadcast on Monday: the Fanatic Mike Missanelli Radio Show (950 AM) from Tiki Bar, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Appreciative Alumni
As mentioned earlier this week, RHP Nick Strincevich, who pitched for the Phillies in 1948, celebrated his 96th birthday in Valparaiso, IN.  A year ago, the Phillies sent him a #36 jersey with his name on the back.  This year, a Phillies cap and a special Alumni birthday card.

His daughter, Carol Perino, sent a touching e-mail to the Phillies:

“Let me start by saying that the Phillies’ regard for “Jumbo” is very touching.  He is doing well, currently in a nursing home near my house in Valparaiso.  He still has a remarkable sense of humor and when we kid him about being ready for spring training, he will show us how to grip the ball for various pitches. And while his memory may be fading, mementos like the beautiful Phillies jersey and cap bring a smile to his face.”


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