Clearwater has done a lot in the last few years in the way of off the field entertainment. Tonight was “Field of Dreams” night and the guest of honor was Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the movie.
First he played catch with Phiney:
Then threw out the first pitch:
Then he moved up to the concourse to take photos and sign copies of his book.
He is a heck of a nice guy. He was quite impressed when I told him he was in one of my favorite movies-The Cutting Edge. He told me about the filming of that movie and we also talked about my struggles at getting my book published. Before saying goodbye he stopped and took a picture with me:
All in all, it was a good time and I can’t wait to read the book. You’ll be able to see it on our memorabilia wall in one of our upcoming podcasts on our second YouTube Channel.
Living here in Dunedin, I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the stadium as we anxiously await the beginning of renovations. Yesterday a dumpster was delivered near the Boxoffice, today when I drove by all the doors to the suites/press box were wide open and they looked emptied.
The funny thing was a truck pulled out of the lot full of what looked to be diamond dry or mound materials and a large box. It was manned by Jays staff and it looked like they were delivering supplies to Jack Russell Stadium only two miles away.
The Jays opening “home” game will be at Spectrum Field while the second game will be at Jack Russell.
Rumor around town is there will be an official ground breaking for the renovations in the next week or two. I’ll update as soon as I get confirmation.
Today I was enjoying my free ticket to the Phillies game. Threshers season ticket holders are given a chance to see the Phillies one game a year. Part of a section is reserved and tickets are dispensed on a first come, first served basis. It’s a great time as you get to see a lot of your friends you haven’t seen since September.
Ross and I arrived early and walked around. I saw that there was someone garnering a lot of attention. It wasn’t a player. Phillies owner John Middleton was signing autographs. By this time, we were eating lunch and I had just sat down, so it was either abandon lunch for an autograph or let it go. Lunch won. I was sad about not getting the autograph but I really didn’t have a choice.
After lunch, I was feeling good as I’m recovering from my foot surgery so we walked a lap around the field. When we came back around Mr. Middleton was almost to the concourse and still signing.
I grabbed my “limited edition, only available for 24 hours” Topps Now card of Bryce Harper’s debut for the Phillies and asked Mr. Middleton to sign it. He did and said he hadn’t seen one nor did he have one and that he thought it was cool.
After he walked away, I realized I had a second copy in my bag. So I ran back and caught up to him and gave him the copy.
He grabbed my shoulder, smiled and said, “thank you so much that is unbelievably kind and thoughtful of you!” He shook my hand a couple times before thanking me again and heading to the owners suite.
I think so many people ask him for things that he really appreciated that someone would think to make such a gesture. I was glad to do something for the man who brought us Bryce Harper….
Speaking of Bryce Harper…stay tuned for my report on the game tomorrow…Here’s a hint…
What does it take for a warning to be issued? Does someone have to be permanently injured or disfigured? Don’t get me wrong, I live in Dunedin so I do support the Jays, but I’m seriously reconsidering that after what I’ve seen in the last two games.
Is it because of Harper? The Jays didn’t play like that the first game–which was the day the Phillies signed Harper.
Then during Harper’s debut, the brush-backs started. First, Jean Segura:
Then during Rhys Hoskins’ second at bat, his first after his 2-run homer, he was nearly got nailed in the face:
Today, Harper was nailed in the ankle. See Harper getting hit HERE.
I know that after Hoskins was nearly decapitated no warning was issued…and not today after Harper got hit.
After the game a steaming Hoskins said he Elias ready to back up Harper if he would have charged the mound.
I’ll be at the last matchup VS the Jays next week. Hopefully, there won’t be a repeat of this kind of behavior.
Guess I just got lucky, went to the first minor league game of the season and managed to catch both Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez making rehab appearances. I saw Odubel made 3 at bats and Hernandez 2 (they may have batted more, but as I was covering 2 games-They may have batted more.) Neither played the field.
Many times in minor league spring games, rehabbing major leaguers will bat at the top of every inning until they get their work done.