Warmer weather, more fans turned out for today’s workout at Carpenter Complex.
Fans love watching batting practice. Hitters love batting practice. Monday, hitters weren’t anxious to get in the cage against Aumont who was bringing nasty heat. Check out Dallas Green’s memories of throwing BP in this blog.
On the daily schedule, it says BP, live. That means pitchers throw to hitters. Then, the schedule says, BP, coaches. What do you call it when coaches throw BP? Dead-armed BP?
Charlie sees it differently. “Live BP is really pitching practice. BP off coaches, now that’s hitting practice”
In addition to the athletic training staff and condition staff, a doctor is on duty every day starting at 7 a.m. Players who aren’t feeling well are expected to arrive early and see the doctor . . . Breakfast is served for those who arrive early. One of the chefs from Lenny’s Restaurant prepares the breakfast options in the small lunch room . . . Mike Schmidt will be back in his #20 uniform on Wednesday as a guest instructor . . . Charlie Manuel is doing a photo session with AARP Magazine on Wednesday . . . Also on tap Wednesday, MLB Productions . . . Sarge, Gary Matthews, has arrived . . . Tickets remain for the Grapefruit League opener Saturday afternoon against the American League Astros . . . Free admission for Friday’s 12 noon intra-squad game. Bright House Field gates open at 10:35 a.m.
He posted a question about Bonnie Vukovich yesterday. Yes, she was an usherette at the Vet. That’s how she and John met.
Spring Training Memories
Dallas Green (RHP, 1960-64; 1967; MGR, 1979-81)
“It was 1956. Bob Conley, Don Cardwell, Chris Short and I were invited to a mini-camp before the big league camp opened in Clearwater. Short and I rode the train from Wilmington, Delaware. We stayed at the West Coast Hotel, three to a room. We weren’t allowed to have cars so we walked everywhere.
“We were kept around to throw BP to Hamner, Jones, Ennis, Ashburn and those guys. We were young, wild, could throw hard and we were trying to impress everyone. The vets hated us, didn’t want to face us.
“Later, I was sent to Bennettsville, South Carolina, where the Phillies low minor league players trained. I wore No. 177 or 176.”