Split Suad Day
Two games today, one in Port Charlotte against the Rays and the other at Bright House Field against the Braves. Busses left for Port Charlotte at 8:15 a.m.; others did the usual 10 a.m. pre-game workout in Clearwater.
Tomorrow, the Pirates in Bradenton. Busses leave at 9:30 a.m.
**Pitchers Ryan Feierabend (#31) and Justin Friend (48), infielders Troy Hanzawa (12) and Tim Kennelly (7) and outfielders Derrick Mitchell (22), Rich Thompson (21) and Brandon Tripp (30) walked from the minor league camp to Bright House Field for the game with the Braves. Eight other minor leaguers were on the 8:15 bus.
**Susan Ingersoll-Papaneri, Director, Baseball Administration, had morning meetings with minor league players to review the minor league player insurance policies.
**97.3 ESPN Radio out of Atlantic City, the Mike Gill Show, is broadcasting live from the Tiki Bar today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
**Cole Hamels leads the Grapefruit League in innings pitched (10.2).
**Phillies lead all NL teams in Florida in attendance (64,224); Yankees are the only team with more (65,087). Giants are tops in Arizona (83,369).
Spring Training Memories
Gary Matthews (OF, 1981-83)
“It was Casa Grande, Arizona, with the Giants minor leaguers in 1968. I wore No. 36 and had three roommates: Garry Maddox, Horace Speed and Randy Moffitt. My fondest memory of the first day is when Willie Mays gave the outfielders a Kangaroo hide glove. This may sound strange, but I loved intrasquad games. It gave the winner bragging rights for the rest of the season. But I didn’t like shagging fly balls in batting practice at all.”
More Alumni memories can be found at www.phillies.com/alumni.