Down To Six
Then there were six . . . . six more Florida Grapefruit League games.
Phillies travel to Port Charlotte on Wednesday to face the Rays. Bus leaves at 8:45 a.m. and traveling squad will dress and shower there. Rest of players in the big league camp will work out at Bright House and then have the rest of the day off.
Phillies are back in Clearwater on Thursday for the Twins. Next two games will be broadcast on MLB.com.
On Wednesday afternoon at Carpenter Field, the Phillies AAA and AA squads will play their counterparts from the Yankees. Games begin at 1 p.m.
ESPN will televise the Friday afternoon game (Braves split squad) from Bright House Field . . . MLB Network’s 30 teams in 30 days feature will be with the Phillies on Thursday and Friday . . . Dom Giordano, 1210 AM The Big Talker, will broadcast live from the Tiki Bar from 9 a.m.-12 noon, both Thursday and Friday . . . Ruben will have his weekly conference call on Wednesday morning with his staff and the Phillies pro scouts that are following other clubs in spring training in Florida and Arizona. Player transactions will increase over the next 8-10 days . . . Another indication that spring training is nearing the end came in an e-mail from Frank Coppenbarger, the team travel and clubhouse equipment guru, “Just a reminder the equipment truck bound for Philadelphia will load and depart on Sunday morning, March 27.”
With opening day fast approaching, Phillies Alumni were asked for their fondest memory of opening day in the minor leagues or majors.
Mickey Morandini, (2B,1990-97; 2000)
“Has to be seeing Mike Ryan catch a ball dropped from a helicopter. I know I couldn’t have done that.”