Lone Home Night Game
With a night game today, players got a chance to sleep in. Reporting time is 3 o’clock for the game against Toronto. Game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet and mlb.com. It was also taped and will be shown on the Baseball Network at midnight.
Tomorrow, the Braves visit Clearwater with a tribute to the late Jim Fregosi taking place at 1 and the game to follow. Comcast SportsNet will carry the tribute live. Players need to be dressed by 8 a.m. for a meeting with the Baseball Assistance Team. They take the field at 10 for the usual pre-game routine.
Lots of radio for the day starting with WIP at 5:30 a.m. (live from Lenny’s Restaurant), St. Petersburg’s WDAE at 9 a.m., WUSL from Selinsgrove, PA, doing a game broadcast and ESPN Deportes on the air from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Belated congratulations to Rice University baseball coach Wayne Graham who posted his 1,000 win on Valentine’s Day.
Graham, 77, was an infielder originally signed by the Phillies in 1957. He played briefly in 1963, was traded to the Mets in a deal for Frank Thomas and then came back to the Phillies organization in a deal involving Dick Stuart going to New York. His career included part of one season for both the Phillies and Mets and 11 in the minors.
Dallas Green was a teammate in 1963. He sent a letter of congrats, noting they have several things in common, including white hair.
Spring Training Memories
Bob Boone (C, 1972-81)
“First spring training was a big league camp at Jack Russell Stadium in 1970. I don’t have a clue as to my uniform number but I do know it wasn’t 8. Stayed at the Jack Tar Hotel. Barry Lersch was my roommate but I roomed with his clothing more often than with him. I’ll never forget that first day. Frank Lucchesi (manager) said every job in camp is wide open. I came from Class A ball but really thought I had a chance after hearing Frank. Rookies get to play in a lot of the early games and I crushed the ball, hit .400. When he first cut was made, I was on the list, headed for the complex. I was crushed.”
Opening Day Countdown
27. Yep, that many days until the Phillies begin their 131st season, this time on the road against the Texas Rangers.
The leader board: Placido Polanco and Ken Heintzelman, six seasons each; Jack Baldschun and Willie Montanez, five; tied with four, Lonnie Smith, Kent Tekulve, Bobby Estalella and Chris Coste. Currently, Roberto Hernandez.