Celebrating Mr. Fregosi’s Life

They came from all parts of the country to celebrate the life of the late Jim Fregosi yesterday at Bright House Field. “They” were former players, former teammates and fellow scouts.

Mr. Fregosi’s widow, five children and four grandchildren were on hand for a pre-game tribute and a post-game, invitation-only party for the baseball community. That party, held under a large tent on the half-field, totaled over 300.

Among Mr. Fregosi’s teammates were Buck Rodgers (California), Bobby Knoop (Arizona), Clyde Wright (California) and Lee Thomas (Orioles scout). Close to 40 scouts also came to Clearwater, more than a normal game.

Phillies Alumni included Darren Daulton, Kent Tekulve, John Kruk, Randy Ready, Milt Thompson, Dave Cash, Robert Person, Lee Elia, Mike Lavalliere, Don Robinson, Dave Hollins, Darold Knowles, John Morris, Dave LaPoint and Greg Luzinski. Ready traveled came from California.

Camp Notes
Brad Lidge is in uniform as a guest instructor for eight days, working with the relievers . . . Split squad headed for Lakeland to play the Tigers today; Ryno was on the 8:45 a.m. bus . . . Bowa is managing the Phillies against the Yankees at Bright House Field . . . Weather forecast is calling for 90% change of rain and thunderstorms . . . Trip to Sarasota to play the Orioles on Friday and back home Sunday to face the Astros split squad . . . 58 players still in camp with the first cut coming soon . . . Saturday is the first-ever Alumni Day in spring training.

Spring Training Memories
Chris Coste (C, 2006-2009)
“1999, Pirates minor league spring training camp in Bradenton, FL. Don’t remember my uniform number. I’m sure it was a high number. Pirate City had dormitories and that’s where we lived. My roommate was from the Dominican and he spoke no English. I was constantly nervous because I didn’t know the daily routine. A first I was unsure if I was good enough to be at that level but after throwing to bases and taking batting practice, I quickly realized that I belonged. For the first time baseball felt like a way of life and for me, that was a good thing. I didn’t like being treated like a child. With so many players in camp, they ran it like a boot camp and it was odd for me because I was much older than most of the players who were at my level.”

Opening Day Countdown
25 is the magic number as we count down the days to the season opener in Texas.

OF Tony Gonzalez and OF Del Unser share for the most years wearing that number, 10. Remember Jerry Martin and more recently, David Bell and Jim Thome? Cody Asche currently is #25.

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