Playing much of the game in a light rain on Monday, the Phillies closed the door on the 65th year of spring training in Clearwater. Let the record show the official ending came at 3:41 p.m. and a temperature of 69 degrees.
Dallas Green, a real veteran of spring trainings in this city, said the weather was the best he’s even experienced.
Team left for home on a Delta charter flight Monday evening. Three buses left Bright House Field at 4:40 p.m. during a big league thunderstorm. The Clearwater baseball gods were shedding tears that spring training had ended.
Now, it is time for the On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park against the Pirates, 7:05 tonight and 4:05 p.m. on Wednesday. Temperature won’t be near 69 degrees.
Season opens at 1 p.m. Friday at Citizens Bank Park against Houston. The Astros played in Clearwater on Monday, traveled to Oklahoma City today for a night game against their AAA club, fly to Houston for a Wednesday game against the Red Sox and then fly to Philly on Thursday following a workout at Minute Maid Park.
Phillies set a new Bright House Field attendance record: 157,201 for 16 games. Total is second-best to the Yankees in Florida . . . 20 wins for the Phillies is another spring training record (19-11 in 2006 is the old record) . . . Doc finished the Grapefruit League season with a 0.42 ERA, a number that seems as it is from outer space . . . LHP Juan Perez, C Dane Sardinha, RHP Michael Stutes traveled with the Phillies as extra players . . . Deadline for the 25-man opening day roster is 11 a.m. on Thursday . . . INF Brian Bocock (wrist), OF Domonic Brown (wrist) and RHP Brian Schlitter (elbow) remained on rehab in Clearwater . . . Before Monday’s game, the Phillies announced three annual spring training award winners: Bill Giles Award (SS Troy Hanzawa), Larry Rojas Award (C Francisco Diaz) and John Vukovich Award (Greg Legg) . . . Pat Gillick, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, will be in Toronto to throw out the first ball for the Blue Jays season opener on Friday. Phillies will honor Pat after his Cooperstown induction.