Remebering Mr. Fregosi
The late Jim Fregosi always sat in the same seat in the Media Room at Bright House Field when he was scouting for the Braves. In memory of Mr. Fregosi, the Phillies are keeping the table and one chair empty until Thursday.
Braves and Phillies will pay tribute to Mr. Fregosi on Wednesday. Festivities begin at 1 with the game to start at 1:20 p.m. Comcast SportsNet will carry the emotional program live. Atlanta is playing at Bright House Field on Wednesday and suggested a tribute be held here with Mr. Fregosi’s widow Joni and their three children living in nearby Tarpon Springs. His other children, Jim Jr. and his family, and Jennifer Pickler and her daughter, are flying in from California.
Phillies play their only night game in Clearwater tomorrow, 6:35 (Blue Jays) . . . Before the game, the communications department has set a photo shoot with the broadcasters . . . Tanaka is scheduled to pitch Thursday when the Yankees come to Clearwater. Phillies will have a split squad going to Lakeland the same day to face the Tigers.
Darren Daulton and Pedro Feliz attended Friday’s game . . . Sarge is back in uniform as a guest instructor . . . Bob Walk and Nick Levya came with the Pirates on Sunday . . . Quite a few Alumni will attend Wednesday’s tribute to Mr. Fregosi.
First-ever Alumni Day is scheduled for this Saturday. More on that in a day or two. Tickets are available.
Today: RHP Bobby Locke (80), RHP Bobby Munoz (46) . . . Tomorrow: OF Lee Tinsley (45) . . . Wednesday: RHP Steve Ontiveros (53), RHP Doug Bird (64), RHP Kent Tekulve (67), INF Al Monchak (97) . . . Thursday: RHP Terry Adams (41), INF Cookie Rojas (75) . . . Friday: CH Galen Cisco (78) . . . Saturday: 1B Dick Allen (72) . . . Sunday: C Benito Santiago (49), LHP Terry Mulholland (51).
Opening Day Countdown
28 days until the Phillies and Rangers open the season in Texas.
This number was worn by Curt Simmons for 12 seasons (1948-50; 52-60). He was followed by Art Mahaffey, six seasons (1960-65). Two have worn it for four seasons, Tyler Green and Jayson Werth. Not to be overlooked are INF Roy Hughes (1939-40) and P Tommy Hughes (1941; 1946-47. They are not related. Wearing it since 2012 is Kevin Fransden.
10 Years Ago
Tomorrow, Phillies defeated New York Yankees, 5-1, in first game played at Bright House Network Field before 8,205, a Clearwater record. CF Marlon Byrd got 1st hit; SS Jimmy Rollins, 1st home run.
You’ll find other March moments in Phillies history by visiting http://www.phillies.com/alumni