2 Triple Plays!

Well, we’re down to seven more games in Florida after today. Then, two at Citizens Bank Park in the On-Deck Series before a flight to Arlington, TX, and the season opener on the last day of this month.

In case you are wondering, the Phillies have opened the season on March 31 three other times. They are 1-2, losing in 1998 and 2008 and winning in 2003. Abreu played in both the 1998 and 2003 games and may be there again this time around. Deadline for him to be on the opening day roster is next Wednesday. He can become a free agent if not on the Phillies 25-man roster. He’s listed to play right field in Kissimmee today as the Phillies send a split squad there to play the Astros.

Camp Notes
Blue Jays today, Red Sox tomorrow at Bright House Field . . . Nine minor leaguers were added to the travel roster for today’s split squad game in Kissimmee (Astros) . . . Dallas Green is signing his book, The Mouth That Roared, today from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the main concourse behind Section 120 . . . Budweiser Clydesdales will be in the west plaza area today and tomorrow. Wonder how many hot dogs they can eat in one meal . . . Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will meet with the team tomorrow morning.

Countdown to Opening Day
11 days remain before the Phillies-Rangers open the 2014 season in Globe Life Park.

Jimmy Rollins has another category in which he is the leader, heading into his 13th season of wearing #11. The last player to wear it before Rollins was Kevin Sefcik, (1997-2000). Clay Dalrymple is second to Rollins in tenure, nine seasons.

Spring Training Memories
Von Hayes (OF, 1983-92)
“I had a lot of spring training memories. But, one stands out. I hit into triple plays in consecutive at-bats. I was in my first or second spring training with Cleveland. Being a young guy, I would play in morning “B” games and then dress and sometimes play in the afternoon games. One day I came to bat with runners on first and second and no out in a “B” game, hit a line drive to the second baseman who started a triple play. That afternoon, I got in the game with the same situation, runners on first and second. This time I lined to the first baseman who stepped on first and then threw to second to complete another triple play.”

For more Alumni memories of spring training, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni

Early Bird Special
I’ll be signing my new book, If These Walls Could Talk, next Wednesday (March 26) at Bright House Field from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Official publication date by Triumph Books is May 1. That’s when it will be available on-line and in book stores. Thanks to Larry Bowa for writing the foreword.

Opening Day Fun Fact
April 19, 1937–Phillies win two games, 2-1 in 11 innings and 1-0, at Braves Field In Boston, the only time they have played two games on opening day. Must have had separate admissions as attendance for the first game is listed as 8,127 and 24,936 in the second game. Both were day games as baseball hadn’t started playing night games in 1937.

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