2 More Clearwater Games
Weather-permitting, a big-name pitching match-up is in store when the Tigers visit Clearwater tomorrow afternoon. Scheduled to start are Justin Verlander and Cliff Lee. More rain is in store for today, which could alter pitching plans if both teams don’t play.
Phillies game today is at 7:05 p.m. in Tampa against the Yankees; MLB Network will carry the game.
Grapefruit League season ends Thursday with the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Phillies fly to Philly after the game.
Chris Stigall will broadcast live from Bright House Field tomorrow and Thursday. His show on WPHT AM runs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. . . . Phillies minor leaguers have a camp day tomorrow . . . Winners of the Bill Giles, Larry Rojas and John Vukovich awards will be honored pre-game tomorrow.
Spring Training Memories
Jamie Moyer (LHP, 2006-2010)
“My first big league camp came with the Cubs in Mesa, AZ, in 1987. I had been called up the previous season so when I went to camp, I knew a lot of the guys. But, I didn’t know what to expect with the spring training program. I was anxious and nervous at the same time. We stayed at the Mezona Hotel. Don’t remember my roommate; I had a lot of them in my career. Not sure what jersey number I had, probably 49. I always enjoyed spring training and really can’t think of anything I didn’t like. I know I had a lot to prove many years.”
For more spring training memories, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Countdown to Opening Day
6 days until the Phillies begin their 132nd season by playing the Rangers in Texas.
Tight race as to which players wore #6 the longest. Willie (Puddin’ Head) Jones is the leader, 11 seasons. Tied at 10 each, Johnny Callison and Ryan Howard. Jimmy Rollins wore it in 2003 but switched to #11 when Doug Glanville returned in 2004. Doug wore that number five previous seasons.
Opening Day Fun Fact
Tony Taylor started in left field in the final season opener at Connie Mack Stadium, April 7, 1970.
Countdown to Book Signing
One more day. Yep, I’ll be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) tomorrow at Bright House Field, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., behind Section 120. Book officially hits the stores and websites on May 1 so this is an early-bird signing. Triumph Books of Chicago is the publisher. Foreword was written by Larry Bowa.