Shane got a “Hollywood” welcome when he walked into the Bright House Field clubhouse around 11 this morning.
He was “Shaun” on a recent Hawaii Five-O TV show. With J-Roll as the choreographer, an 8-foot red carpet surrounded by lights led to a director’s chair which was in front of Shane’s locker. The back of the chair said Shaun. A gold star with an 8 on it was pasted on the wall above the locker.
“How does it feel to be Hollywood?,” asked J-Roll as a smiling Shane approached his locker. J-Roll tweeted the grand entrance. Howard walked in, laughed and said, “Can I get an autograph.”
Every Hollywood event has a production crew that puts things together. Meet Frank Coppenbarger, Director, Team Travel and Clubhouse Services. J-Roll talked to Frank on Monday asking for the materials (red carpet, lights, chair). Guess it comes under “Services” which is part of his title. “I’ve had a lot of requests from players and this was a first,” smiled Frank.
Check out phillies.com for video of the Hollywood treatment.
What numbers players wear also come under Frank’s jurisdiction.
Papelbon wore #58 in Boston. When an established player joins the Phillies, Frank gets right to work on the number. Because of Papelbon’s stature, Frank wanted to give him #58, which Bastardo had been wearing. “They have the same agent, so I offered the agent several numbers for Bastardo and he chose 37. DeFratus wore that number when he came up to the majors last year but Bastardo had seniority so I talked to Justin and gave him some options. He wanted 79 because he wore that the in the Arizona Fall League.”
Day 3 was pretty similar to the first two days. Today groups 1 and 2 did their throwing off the mound . . . Halladay met with the media after the workout and Howard is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon . . . Nix, who plays LF, RF, CF and 1B, worked on the half field taking ground balls at first base . . . J-Roll later worked out on the same field . . . A bronze Paul Owens bust will be unveiled by the City of Clearwater and the Phillies at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the clubhouse at Carpenter Complex . . . Mike Schmidt’s arrival in camp (he was due in Wednesday) is being delayed so he can attend the funeral of Gary Carter.
Spring Training Memories
Cliff Lee: “2001 in the Expos minor league camp in Jupiter. My roommate was Shawn Hill but I don’t remember my uniform number. I remember it was crowded because of the number of players. On the first day, you don’t know what to expect. You soon realize there’s a lot of talent in the room and they are just like me.”
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