HOFers to make 1st tosses
Modell’s Sporting Goods Opening Day on Friday (4:05 p.m.) will be historic in a way. The Kansas City Royals of the American League are opening the Citizens Bank Park schedule. Yep, an interleague game.
If you haven’t heard, the Houston Astros, after 51 years in the National League, have moved to the AL to balance each league, 15 teams apiece. Thus, there will be an interleague game every day of the season.
To commemorate the Phillies-Royals 1980 World Series, two Hall of Fame third baseman, Mike Schmidt and George Brett, will toss ceremonial first pitches. Without a doubt, Schmidt and Brett are the greatest players in the history of the Phillies and Royals, respectively.
Ezequiel Carrara, claimed on waivers yesterday from the Indians, brings some versatility in that he can play all three outfield positions. Originally signed by the Mets as an 18-year-old, he was part of a three-team, 11-player trade at the winter meetings in 2008, winding up in Seattle.
The Mariners sent him to Cleveland in June, 2010, in a three-player deal. Any chance of the left-handed hitter making the big league Tribe this year sort of went out the window when Cleveland signed Michael Bourne. In parts of two seasons in the majors, he has 24 steals in 30 attempts.
PHL17’s ratings of the Phillies season opener on Monday, an 11.5 household rating, is the highest for the first game in the last 17 years. It was the number one program in the Philadelphia market . . . Doc tonight and Cliff Thursday night as the Phillies wrap up their first road trip.
“You know, if Lou Gehrig said, ‘I’m the luckiest man in the world.’ Well, if he’s the luckiest man in the world, I’m the second luckiest,” Don Zimmer, Tampa Bay Rays senior advisor who is entering his 65the season in baseball. The Rays saluted Zim and his family prior to their season opener on Tuesday.
Minor League Report
The top four Phillies minor league clubs begin their seasons on Thursday………
**Lehigh Valley hosts Syracuse, 7:05 p.m.
**Reading starts with a seven-game, New England trip, 6:35 p.m. Thursday at New Hampshire.
**Clearwater has a 3-mile road trip to Dunedin, 6:30 p.m.
**Lakewood opens at home vs. Kannapolis, 6:35 p.m.
April 3, 2004—Cleveland Indians defeat Phillies, 3-1, in On-Deck Series game, the first at Citizens Bank Park. As Whitey used to say, “Hard to believe, Harry.”
Don’t forget to visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.