Two Weeks Left in ST
This week (today through Sunday) includes three home games, four road games (including the final split squad date) and a day off on Wednesday.
ESPN is televising today’s game with their “A” team: Dan Schulman, Orel Hershiser, Terry Francona and Buster Olney. ESPN will be back two more times, March 26 (Red Sox) and March 29 (Rays). Terrific national exposure for Bright House Field.
Today’s game is also on The Comcast Network and MLB.com.
Red Turned Green
Phillies red normally dominates the Bright House Field scene during spring training games. During Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day game, about half of the fans wore green. Phillies donned green jerseys and caps. Many of the jerseys will be used at charity events for Phillies Charities, Inc.
Of course, the person or thing with the brightest green that day was Phillie Phanatic.
Minor League Cuts
Staff had a meeting following Saturday’s games in which nine players were released:
pitchers Ryan Feierabend, Kasey Kiker, John Mariotti, Jesus Pirela, Casey Barnes and Lionel Bastida; infielder Alan Schoenberger and outfielder Brian Gump.
More cuts are expected following this week. Final minor league games at Carpenter Complex are March 31.
**Tuesday, the Phillies bus to Sarasota (9 a.m.) for an afternoon game against the Orioles.
**Two Class A minor league teams will be playing at Carpenter Complex against the Tigers on Tuesday afternoon. There’s no admission charge. It is also possible a big league player or two will be in one of those games.
**Phillies Latin scouting staff will arrive Tuesday and spend the week at the minor league camp.
**Phillies radio broadcasts on Tuesday and Thursday (at Blue Jays) will feature Brian Seltzer, Reading Phillies broadcaster, and Larry Andersen.
Spring Training Memories
Bob Miller (RHP, 1949-58)
“My first spring training was 1950 in Clearwater, Athletic Field. Number 19 was hanging there for me. What a thrill it was to put on the Phillies uniform for the first time in spring training. My roommate was Curt Simmons, I believe. I remember coming out of the clubhouse for the first time and there must have been a thousand people cheering us. I loved spring training. It was a chance to get out of the cold weather in Michigan and go to a beautiful place like Clearwater. It was always great to see the guys again. I just loved being a big league player and being a Phillie. There was nothing to dislike about spring training.”
More Alumni spring training memories can be found at www.phillies.com/alumni.