Meet John, Jason and Dan
When the Phillies set up camp at Bright House Field starting in mid-February, the front office from Philadelphia relies heavily on the Clearwater Threshers staff that works here the entire calendar year. The entire Clearwater staff is a huge help in making sure the camp runs smoothly and that fans have a great experience at Bright House Field.
Let’s meet three particular employees that are vital to the Spring Training experience.
John Timberlake: Yes…he is the uncle of the famous singer and actor, Justin Timberlake. For the Phillies, he is the general Manager of the Clearwater Threshers and the Director of Florida Operations. John oversees the entire Spring Training operation from catering to merchandise. Timberlake is celebrating his 25th year with the Phillies and even served as a guest co-host for a radio show that aired back in Philly this past Sunday.
Jason Adams: Jason is the Assistant General Manager and in charge of ticketing. When he started 12 years ago, we sold 67,000 tickets for the entire Spring Training season at Jack Russell Stadium. This Spring Training, Adams will sell over 145,000 tickets at Bright House Field. Jason also oversees the IT department and print publications, including pocket schedules, programs and brochures.
Dan McDonough: Dan, Assistant GM for Sales, is the most visible of the three since he can be seen on the dugout twice a game with a “random contestant”. Funny how the random contestant is always a good-looking female that he just happened to find in the stands. He also sells the suites and the Hooters Diamond Dugout, handles the postgame entertainment at Frenchy’s Tiki Pavilion and even sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at every home game. Dan arrived in Clearwater from Philly in the fall of 1995.
Today is another road game but it is more like a home game. Team took BP at Bright House Field and then caught an 11:30 a.m. bus for Dunedin, which is about a 10-minute ride. They’ll dress and shower in their own clubhouse.
Wednesday is a day off in the big league camp. Except for Doc who will take his regular turn by pitching in a 1 p.m. minor league game at the Carpenter Complex against a Pittsburgh minor league club.
Phillies’ amateur scouts are in camp though Friday; international scouts will be here from Mar. 20-26. Most of their time will be spent at the Complex watching the minor leaguers . . . Phillies and Blue Jays will play a “B” game at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Complex . . . WIP’s Anthony Gargano and Glenn Macnow will be live from the Tiki bar on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Phillies are home for a 1:05 night game (Blue Jays) on Thursday. Game will be broadcast on phillies.com by Scott Franzke and Sarge. Phillies will wear green hats, a St. Patrick’s Day tradition started in the late 1970s by the late Tug McGraw.
Friday’s game (Pirates at Clearwater) will also be on phillies.com, Franzke and Wheels. Phillies are on TV Saturday (The Comcast Network), Sunday (Comcast SportsNet) and Monday (ESPN).
Opening day is fast approaching. We’ve asked Phillies Alumni for their most memorable opening day moment, minor leagues or majors.
Gary Matthews, (OF, 1981-83)
“Two stand out…1973 and 1986. In 1973, I was very proud to be in the opening day lineup my rookie year with the San Francisco Giants when we played the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. On the other end of the spectrum, having been in the starting lineup for 13 consecutive years, I was shocked to not see my name in the 1986 opening day lineup with the Cubs. Brian Dayett was penciled in for left field instead of me…in fact, he roomed with me the year before when he was getting a cup of coffee with the team and now he was replacing me in the opening day lineup!”
(John Brazer, Director, Publicity, once again contributed to today’s blog. Next Phillies Insider will be posted Friday evening).