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Green Tomorrow

After a W and L on Sunday, one of those split-squad days, it is back to one game Monday and Tuesday and the lone day off of spring training on Wednesday.  Pirates in town today, Rays tomorrow. Cole is pitching today bringing out a flock of scouts.

Continuing a tradition started in the late 1970s by the late Tug McGraw, Phillies will wear green jerseys on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day.

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144 minor league players are now playing four games a day, two every day at Carpenter Complex.  Wednesday is a camp day so there won’t be any Phillies games that day at all.  But, fans can still watch the workouts that start at 10 in the morning.

115 Fans had brunch this morning at Bright House Field as part of Spring Training USA. Scott Palmer was the MC.

Wes Whittington, a Phillies game-day employee for 50 years back in Philly, will be honored pre-game today.

Susan Ingersoll-Papaneri (Director, Baseball Administration) met with minor league players early this morning to review their medical insurance programs.

Alumni Notes
Larry Christenson and Rex Hudler were camp visitors on Sunday.  LC is in Tampa for business. Rex is a TV commentator for the Royals in Arizona but they do only two spring training telecasts so he came east with two of his sons.

Still awaiting more RSVP’s for Saturday’s Alumni Day.  Gates open at 10:30.  Several Alumni will sign autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  All Alums will be introduced on the field starting a 12:45 p.m.  Blue Jays are at Bright House Field that day.

Birthdays today: INF Abraham Nunez (39) and RHP Charles Hudson (56).

100 Years Ago
A rookie manager named Pat Moran led the Phillies to their first pennant.  You can read all about Moran at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Phun Fact
Dick Allen set a Phillies spring training record with 9 home runs in 1964.  Ryan Howard broke the record in 2006 with 11.

Spring Training Memories
Doug Clemens (OF, 1966-1968)
“Having signed with the Cardinals in August 1960 and going to the big leagues the next month, my first spring training actually started at the major league level for a few weeks the following spring in St. Petersburg. I was starry-eyed being on the same field with the likes of Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Kenny Boyer, Bill White, Curt Flood.  Stayed at a motel and roomed with Tim McCarver.  I was sent down to the Cardinals’ minor league camp in Homestead, FL, after two-three weeks.

“My first day memory was just seeing this amazing sight of ball fields littered with what seemed like hundreds of players. A sight I’ll never forget!  There were instructors and coaches with megaphones, yelling and screaming as we were assembled on different fields by team.  What I didn’t like about spring training was that regardless of how hard you tried to be in good condition for spring training, it didn’t seem to work. Working indoors in the north could not match the outdoor surroundings and physical activities presented at spring training. Getting in shape that first spring resulted in numerous aches and pains along the way.”

Ballpark Scene
Yep, Bull’s BBQ has made it south from Citizens Bank Park to Bright House Field. Menu here is a bit more limited.  Unlike Philly, Bull is not there to sign autographs although he will be among the Alumni signing on Saturday.

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FIRST CUTS

Jesse Biddle, Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin, John Hester, Sean O’Sullivan and Aaron Altherr were assigned to Carpenter Complex this morning. OF Xavier Paul was released.

100 Years

The City of Clearwater is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  A centennial patch is being worn on the Phillies uniform this spring to commemorate the anniversary.  The Rays are wearing the patch for their game in Clearwater this afternoon.

This year the Phillies are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their first pennant-winners. The team trained in nearby St. Petersburg in 1915.  Following a sixth-place finish, a roster of 23 players and a rookie manager named Pat Moran won the pennant. That club began the season 8-0.  No Phillies team has matched that start.  Hard to believe.

Playing the Boston Red Sox in their first World Series, the Phillies won the first game before losing four straight one-run decisions.  Now, 100 years later, thanks to interleague play, the Phillies open the season by hosting the Red Sox, April 6, 8 and 9.

Yesterday, the Phillies announced they will salute their first champions on Thursday, April 9.  Both teams will wear 1915-styled caps. A 1915 pennant will fly on a pole next to the American flag that night.  A brief video tribute will run on Phanavision pre-game. Other events will also take place on the 9th. For more information, check out the press release on http://www.phillies.com.

Throughout the season, stories and vintage photos about the 1915 team will be posted on http://www.phillies.com/alumni. If you haven’t seen it, there’s a terrific story about spring training 100 years ago on that section right now.

On Monday and Tuesday at Bright House Field there will be a display commemorating the 1915 Phillies.  Bob Warrington, a Philadelphia native, avid baseball historian and author of the city’s baseball teams, is bringing his personal collection to Clearwater. Among the artifacts is a bat used by first baseman Fred Luderus, Phillies captain 100 years ago. The Phillies host the Orioles on Monday and Rays on Tuesday.  Gates open at 10:30 a.m.

Phun Fact
Three members of the 1915 Phillies wound up enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, pitchers Grover Cleveland Alexander and Eppa Rixey and shortstop Dave Bancroft.

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A year ago, Mike Schmidt joined the TV crew for Sunday home games.  He was a huge hit.  He’ll expand to include Saturday home games this season.

Greg, the Bull, Luzinski is now a guest instructor for the next week.

Alumni birthdays today: infielders Mariano Duncan (52) and Luis Aguayo (56).

Game next Thursday night (7:05) in Tampa (Yankees) will be televised by ESPN. Next Wednesday is a day off.

 

 

3 Days, 4 Games

 

Lakeland this afternoon, Clearwater tomorrow afternoon, Lakeland again Saturday afternoon, then at Tampa and at Clearwater on Sunday afternoon, one of those split squad days.  That’s the next four days for the Phillies.  A lot of pitchers will be needed. Come sunset Sunday, 17 more Florida games remain.

Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will broadcast today’s game on MLB.com.  TV on Saturday and Sunday from Bright House Field.

Every Pitch
“I’m not sure I really want to know,” Kevin Camiscioli laughed when asked how many pitches he sees in a season. Kevin is the Phillies Manager, Video Coaching System.  You see, he sits at a keyboard and monitor and watches every pitch of every game. Home or road during the regular season, every pitch. He charts the type of pitch, location, velocity, result.  It is all part of a video coaching system called BATS that is used by the manager, coaches, pitchers and hitters.

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In-season, his workplace is a room about 20 feet behind the first base dugout at Citizens Bank Park.  Not every ballpark has a separate room for the visiting team’s video program, so he sets up camp in the middle of the clubhouse.

In spring training, the video room is located just down the hallway from the trainer’s room at Bright House Field.  Kevin gets there around 7:30 a.m. daily and leaves 30-40 minutes after the last out.  He has frequent visitors who pop in and pull up a chair to a laptop.  They’re not playing games on the monitor but looking at baseball games.

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More photo shoots are planned for four days (starting tomorrow) for the new Phillies Cookbook.

Major League Baseball Players Association will have a meeting tomorrow morning starting at 8 o’clock.  The Association visits every camp.

Hispanic minor league players will begin English speaking lessons tomorrow at Carpenter Complex after their workout.

Alumni Birthday Today
OF Dale Murphy, 59.  “Murph” is in camp as a guest instructor with the Braves.

Phun Fact
March 12, 1915, the Phillies and Philadelphia Athletics played a nine-inning, 5-5 draw at Coffee Pot Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It was the first meeting of the two teams during spring training.  They were scheduled to play again at Coffee Pot Park the next day, but the game was rained out.

Book Signings
**Friday (March 13), I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

 

Cole On Mound Today

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Cole is on the mound vs. the Pirates this afternoon at Bright House Field. Sure the scout section behind home plate will be full.

On the road Thursday, Tigers in Lakeland.  Busses depart at 8:45 a.m. for the 54-mile trip east.  Evening return will need to go through Tampa’s rush-hour traffic which is not a picnic. Game will be broadcast on MLB.com.

Today’s Alumni Birthdays
OF Bobby Abreu (41), OF Phil Bradley (56), LHP Jack Spring (82). A year ago, Abreu was in camp as a non-roster player.

Spring Training Memories
Don Carman (LHP 1983-1990)
“My first spring training was in 1979, I think….close enough. Clearwater, Carpenter Field and Jack Russell Stadium.  Stayed at the Days Inn in Pinellas Park. My roommate was Mark Davis. The first day of spring training was a big moment in my life. I will never forget, we were at Carpenter Complex; Dallas Green was the director of the minor leagues. He stood in front of the crowd of athletes and with his booming voice and larger than life personality announced himself. He went on to introduce each of the coaches. I was very impressed. Following the introductions, Dallas was silent. He took a breath and said, ‘There are 176 players in this room, you will be lucky if 10 of you make it to the big leagues.’ There was silence in the room, you could have heard a pin drop. I looked around at the other players thinking, ‘I’m one, I wonder who the other 9 are.’”

Phun Fact
Carpenter Field, a new training facility for the Phillies minor leaguers, was opened on March 14, 1967.
Book Signings
**Friday (March 13), I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

Ballpark Scene

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Best place to get a baseball during batting practice is the outfield berm, especially right field.

 

 

 

 

Alumni Day Soon

 

Nearly 40 former Phillies will be introduced pre-game on Saturday, March 21, the second annual Alumni Day at Bright House Field. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.  Game time, 1 p.m.

Among the Alumni scheduled to attend are Dick Allen, Don Carman, Dave Cash, Darren Daulton, Ivan DeJesus, Scott Eyre, Pedro Feliz, Jason Michaels, Robert Person and Shane Rawley.  Numerous Alumni are also in camp, Ryne Sandberg, Larry Bowa, Pete Mackanin, Mickey Morandini and broadcasters Larry Andersen and Matt Stairs.

Selected Alumni will be signing autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Stations will be located throughout the concourse.  Some Alumni will surprise fans with interaction, pre-game and in-game.  Dallas Green will be signing his book from 11:30 to 12:15.

Don’t forget Alumni features and photos can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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Tomorrow: media training for big league players at 8, minor leaguers at 2:30 . . . Sirius XM Radio and ESPN Desportes Radio will be in camp.

Thursday: WPHT’s Chris Stigall will do his radio show live from the ballpark, 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  He gets to see the sun rise.

Today’s Alumni Birthdays
RHP Mike Timlin (49), OF John Briggs (71) and LHP Tom Hilgendorf (73).

Phun Fact
Phillies defeated the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, in first game played at Jack Russell Stadium, March 10, 1955. RHP Robin Roberts was the winning pitcher.

Spring Training Memories
Pat Burrell (OF, 2000-2008)
“My first spring training was 1999 and I was invited to the big league camp.  Lived on the beach in Sand Key and roomed with Thomas Jacquez.  Wore #76 and I was a first baseman while working in the outfield. I learned quickly that John Vukovich ran spring training at every level and it was well organized.  Also learned quickly how well Vuk was respected by everyone.”

Book Signings
**Friday (March 13), I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Tomorrow

For the second straight day, the Phillies headed south over the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Yesterday, Port Charlotte (Rays) and today, Sarasota, (Orioles).  Back home the next two days, Tigers tomorrow and Pirates on Wednesday.

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Billy Bean Inclusion Presentation for Major and Minor League players at the Carpenter Complex indoor facility.  Presentation tomorrow begins at 8 a.m.

Here’s a look at that indoor facility.

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Part of the building houses a large weight room.

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Then, there are seven indoor batting cages that can also be used for pitchers throwing.  This building is in use the year-round.  Right now, the minor leaguers are using the facility which comes in handy when it rains.

Alumni Birthday Candles
Today, C Benito Santiago (50), LHP Terry Mulholland (52).

Stat Fact
Benito is one of six Phillies catchers who hit three home runs in a game.  He did it in 1996.  The other five: Walt Henline (1922), Andy Seminick (1949), Del Wilber (1951), Bobby Estalella (1977) and Mike Lieberthal (2002).

Phun Fact
The Phillies first spring game ever in Clearwater was a 13-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Athletic Field, March 11, 1947.

Spring Training Memory
Larry Bowa (SS, 1971-81)
“1967 with the big club.  Dressed in the tiny rookie row at Jack Russell; wore #53.  We all stayed at the Jack Tar Hotel.  After seeing me hit, Gene Mauch said, ‘I can see him catch the ball, see him throw the ball, see him run but when he hits I don’t hear anything.’ Rookies worked out on the old field about a block away.  Somebody named it Iwo Jima.  The infield was filled with stones.  Ground balls were bouncing off my chest, arms, neck.  Hated that place. I remember sitting on the bench next to Larry Hisle.  We weren’t playing. He said something funny, I lowered my head and laughed.  They I saw two feet facing me.  Looked up and it was Mauch.  ‘What’s the count?’  I had no idea.  ‘You’ll learn more watching the game and not laughing.’ Other than that, always enjoyed spring training.  I didn’t have Mike Schmidt’s ability so I had to work hard every year, felt like I had to win a job.  Every year was new, whether you were coming off a bad year or a good year.  Challenges every year.”

Book Signings
**Friday (March 13), I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

Weekend Schedule

 

Carpenter Complex becomes a bee-hive of activity as minor league players are reporting, getting their physicals and hold a workout for the first time on Sunday.
6 a.m. Monday they begin lining up for photo day.  In about a week, games will take place involving minor leaguers from other camps in the Tampa Bay area.

Elsewhere
Phillies are home Saturday to Blue Jays and travel to Port Charlotte for a game against the Rays on Sunday.  For folks in the Philly area, both games are on TV.  For folks outside of that area, Saturday’s game is on MLB Network.  All three can be seen on MLB.Com.

FOX Sports is in camp Saturday to tape interviews.

Ryne is taping a PSA for Ronald McDonald House today that includes having lunch with him at Citizens Bank Park’s Executive Dining room for donations of $150.00 or more.

Phillies travel to Sarasota on Monday to face the Orioles.

Phun Fact
Clearwater’s population was around 20,000 when the Phillies first trained here in 1947.

Book Signings
**Saturday, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

Sign of the Day
This appears in the indoor batting cages at Bright House Field.  I’m sure you will feel much better knowing this.
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Threes

3 was in order at the Phillies-Yankees game in Tampa on Wednesday afternoon.  Phillies won, 3-1.  CF Odubel Herrera led off, had 3 hits and stole 3 bases. And, 3 members of the 1993 National League pennant-winning Phillies were at the game, Dave Hollins, John Kruk and Mickey Morandini. Kruk was there for ESPN TV.

Where Are You?
Every big league camp includes non-roster players, whether they are young prospects or players with big league experience looking to get back to the bigs.  Many will be assigned to AAA, inventory for down the road call-ups.  Some will be released this month.

Phillies have 18 in camp, of which three were in the same boat a year ago, LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Sean O’Sullivan and INF Andres Blanco.

Former Phillies are scattered throughout Florida and Arizona camps: P J.C. Ramirez, OF Ben Francisco (Diamondbacks),

P Joe Savery (White Sox), P Jeff Manship, INF Miichael Martinez (Indians); P John Lannan, OF Roger Bernadina (Rockies); P Joe Blanton, P Ryan Madson (Royals); INF Pete Ross (Brewers); C Wil Nieves (Padres); OF Nate Schierholtz (Rangers); OF Quintin Berry (Red Sox); P Roberto Hernandez (Astros): INF Reid  Brignac (Marlins); P Brad Lincoln, C Sebastian Valle (Pirates); C Steve Lerud (Nationals) and OF John Mayberry (Mets).

Alumni Notes
2B-SS Alex Monchak, the oldest living Phillies Alumnus, turns 98 today. Among all former major leaguers, he and OF Eddie Carnett (98) only trail C Mike Sandlock (99) as the oldest.  Alex played in 19 games with the Phillies in 1940, hitting .143, his only major league experience as a player.  His career in pro ball included 17 seasons in the minors (including 9 as a player-manager), four more as a minor league manager, nine as a scout/instructor for the Angels and 17 big league seasons as a coach (White Sox, A’s, Pirates, Braves).

Condolences to the family of Alex Johnson who died on Saturday at age 72.  Originally signed by the Phillies in 1961, he played parts of the 1964-65 seasons in red pinstripes.  An outfielder, he wound up playing for seven other clubs in the majors, winning the AL batting title, .329, with the Angels in 1970.

Phun Fact
The Cleveland Indians trained in Clearwater in 1946 and relocated to Arizona the next year, paving the way for the Phillies.

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

MLB Network Today

 

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Every morning at 8 o’clock, Ryne, the coaches, instructors, Ruben and his staff meet in this room, which is located next to the coach’s dressing room at Bright House Field.  They review yesterday’s events, today and tomorrow’s schedules.  At some point, this is where they will also talk about cutting players from the 58-player camp roster.

Today’s Question
How many batting cages has Charlie Manuel leaned on in his long baseball career?
The answer is probably in the thousands.

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Now that the games have begun playing games, minor league players from Carpenter Complex will dress for the Phillies game, either home or road.  Joe Cynar, Assistant Director, Minor League Operations/Florida, sends an e-mail early every morning with a list of players that will be available for the game.  Tuesday it was three right-handed pitchers, Colton Murray, Seth Rosin and Ryan O’Sullivan.

You can hear Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson on MLB.com from Tampa (Yankees) this afternoon.   Game can also be seen on MLB.com and MLB Network, 1:05 start.

22 major league scouts attended the Phillies first game on Tuesday.

Phillies at Astros in Kissimmee, FL, Thursday afternoon. Busses leave at 8:00 a.m. Cliff Lee is starting.  Wonder how many scouts will be there. Phillies brass will also be watching.  With the 8 o’clock departure, Ryne’s morning staff meeting will be canceled.

WIP’s Angelo Cataldi, Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes will broadcast live from Bright House Field, 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday. John Brazer, Director, Publicity, will line up guests.

3 Questions
Larry Andersen’s last day as a guest instructor was on Monday. He’s now back in the booth.

**What was the most fun part as a guest instructor? “During defensive drills on bunt plays, I got to roll the balls as if I was bunting, which I can’t do.”

**What part was least fun?  “Getting up at 6 a.m. every day.  I generally don’t see the run rise.”

**Was it emotional taking off the uniform for the last time on Monday? “A little until I remembered no more 6 o’clock wake-up calls.”

Phun Fact
Because of World War II, the Phillies held spring training in Hershey, PA (1943) and Wilmington, DE (1944-45).

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase 2

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Hard to believe but season #12 at Bright House Field begins this afternoon with a game against the Yankees, as it did in the 2004 inaugural opener. Year #69 for the Phillies in Clearwater.  It begins Phase 2 of my spring training experiences, playing games.  Phase 1 was starting spring training; 3, let’s get the real season started.

Opening day ceremonies will take place as normal and then it’s PLAY BALL.  No Derek Jeter for the Yankees and no Jimmy Rollins for the Phillies.  A new era of shortstops begins for both team.

Rollins’ #11 is being put on ice by the Phillies.  It’ll be a long time until someone wears that number again.   Jeter’s #2 will be retired someday by the Yankees.  He’s a lock for being enshrined in Baseball’s Hall of Fame.  Rollins could get there, depending upon the final years of his career.  Phillies policy is that a player has to be a Hall of Famer before a uniform number is retired.

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Same two teams meet tomorrow in Tampa where the Yankees train.  Phillies buses leave at 9:15 a.m. The travel roster will be posted today on a large bulletin board in the middle of the clubhouse. If your name is circled, you are on the busses.  Otherwise, report to Bright House Field by 8:30 for a short workout.

MLB Network and MLB.com will carry tomorrow’s game.

Next Clearwater game for the Phillies is Friday, the Yankees again.

Just Wondering
Which player will have more stories written…..A-Rod and his return or Cole and his rumors?

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Bobby Munoz (47) . . . Wednesday: OF Lee Tinsley (46), 1B Brian Hunter (46), CH Sam Perlozzo (64) . . . Thursday: RHP Ryan Franklin (42), OF Brian L. Hunter (44), RHP Steve Ontiveros (54), RHP Doug Bird (65), RHP Kent Tekulve (68), OF Jacke Davis (79), INF Al Monchak (98) . . . Friday: RHP Terry Adams (42), INF Cookie Rojas (76) . . . Saturday: OF Keith Miller (52), CH Galen Cisco (79) . . . Sunday: 3B Dick Allen (73) . . . Monday: C Benito Santiago (50), LHP Terry Mulholland (52).

Phun Fact
The Phillies were the first of the current major-league teams to train in Florida when they spent two weeks in Jacksonville in 1889.

Spring Training Memories
Andy Ashby (RHP, 1991-1992; 2000)
“I signed in 1986 so my first spring training was the following year. Remember walking in the first day and seeing all the lockers.  Everything was so well organized.  I was scared to death at the beginning that I would be on the wrong field.  Things started to calm down, formed new friendships and began to learn the Phillies way.  We stayed at the Days Inn near the complex.  Bob Evans restaurant was next to the motel.  My first number was 72.  It was a mesh jersey and I still have it someplace.  Always liked spring training.  As you progressed you saw some of your friends reach the majors and you remember how he worked his butt off. It gave me incentive. Once in the major league camp and being a pitcher, it seemed to be a bit easier.  There were days when you were finished at 10 a.m.  It wasn’t like that in the minor leagues. What didn’t I like? (laughing) “Coming in from 90 degree heat and having hot soup for lunch.”

Book Signings
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 121>45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bright House Field, Main Concourse, Section 120.

 

 

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