An emotional morning 10 years ago today. Veterans Stadium, our home for 33 years, went down in a cloud of dust. The multi-purpose sports stadium that took four years to build was imploded in just 62 seconds. Long live the Vet.
Sell-out this afternoon for the World Champion Red Sox . . . Bradenton tomorrow for another game with the Pirates. Busses leave at 9:30 . . . DH is now gone in NL parks, as is the case during the season. It will be used in AL parks . . . Last minor league games at Carpenter Complex are a week from today . . . Minor league staff will have a roster meeting after tomorrow’s 1 p.m. games (Blue Jays AAA and AA clubs) at Carpenter Complex . . . Buchanan and Manship both pitched well yesterday. Buchanan gave up home runs on back-to-back pitches in the second inning and that was it. Neither is on the 40-man roster.
Spring Training Memories
Mike Lieberthal (C, 1994-2006)
My first camp was in 1993 and I wore 63. We stayed at a hotel on Route 19, either the Holiday Inn or Best Western. Got to face Nolan Ryan in my first game. Walked off Ryan and had two hits later. Ivan Rodriguez, my favorite player at the time, caught for the Rangers. Best part of spring training was getting out early and then playing golf. My least favorite was the early morning running and agility drills.
Countdown to Opening Day
10 days until the Phillies begin their season at the Texas Rangers.
For wearing this number as a player, Darren Daulton edges Larry Bowa, 13 seasons to 12. Add Bowa’s four years as a manager and he is the leader. And, now he’s wearing the number again as a coach.
Opening Day Fun Fact
April 6, 1974–Mike Schmidt, batting eighth in the order, hits walk-off homer off Tug McGraw in 5-4 win over the New York Mets at Veterans Stadium.
For great moments on opening day, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
I’ll be signing my new book, If These Walls Could Talk, on 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.