2 More Clearwater Games
While it snowed in Philadelphia, the sun shined brightly in Clearwater today, although chilly (61 degrees) for this time of spring training. Then, again, snow in Philly at this time of the year also isn’t normal.
Does this mean we are in global chilling?
Batting practice at Bright House Field and then a couple of busses left for nearby Dunedin as the final days of spring training wind down. Two more Clearwater games, tomorrow and Thursday and then the team takes a Delta charter flight home.
Another sign that spring training is winding down was seeing four automobile carriers lined up outside Carpenter Complex. Those who had their personal cars in Florida had them loaded for a journey north.
Yesterday’s 11,076 crowd was second largest in the history of Bright House Field. Game on March 17 against Baltimore is the record, 1,100 . . . After today’s game, Ben Rivere is having a photo shoot for ESPN The Magazine . . . WPHT’s Dom Giordano is doing his show live today and tomorrow; 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Yankees AAA and AA clubs are playing at the complex today . . . Kendrick is pitching in one of those games . . . Tomorrow, Class A teams from the Yankees and Phillies will be playing at the complex . . . Releases over the weekend include Ryan Bass, Brendan Lafferty, Jorge Lorenzo, Marek Minarik and Troy Marks.
Alumni NoteBelated 95th birthday wishes to Lou Lucier (March 23). A 5-foot-8 right-hander, Lou pitched for the Phillies in 1944-45. He’s the second oldest Phillies alumnus to 96-year-old Al Monchak.
Spring Training Memories
John Kruk (1b, 1989-94)
“My first big league spring training was with the San Diego Padres in beautiful Yuma, Arizona in 1986. I was given No. 44. What I liked about spring training was getting together with the boys and having a great time on and off the field! What I disliked was everything else. Meaningless games, it was way too long and boredom!!! My most memorable moment in my first spring was sitting in the clubhouse, but manager Dick Williams didn’t show up. He decided to retire and forgot to tell the Padres.”