Ryan Howard’s Beachfront Home Near Completion

It’s been a few months since Baseball Ross and I made the pilgrimage to Belleair Shore to check on the progress of the monstrosity of a 17,000 soft home  that Ryan Howard is building on the beach.

The Tampa Bay Times noted that Howard spent $80K on doorknobs alone. After several years it appears that it is nearing  completion.  Gone is the construction trailers, white work men’s vans and portapotties that lined the front yard.

You can read my previous stories HERE and HERE.

The pictures I took on Mother’s Day are below: 


Hopefully, Ross and I will have the time to take a walk on the beach side and I will post pictures from that side when we do.

Cody Asche Back in Uniform

I was pleasantly surprised to see my favorite Phillies fielder back in uniform tonight. He dons the grey and red of the Threshers for the game against the Tampa Yankees. 

Cody is playing left and batting second.



Asche had been sidelined since spring training with an oblique injury.

He’s Baaaack, Andrew Pullin Returns to the Threshers

Whether he had a change of heart and decided not to retire or they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, I do not know. What I do know is that it is good to see Andrew Pullin back on the field. 

Phillies 2016 Extended Spring Training Roster Released

The front office at the Carpenter Complex made the 2016 Extended Spring Training Roster available. 

  
Note: this list may change dramatically once the new players from the June Draft arrive and some of the young Dominican and Venezuelan players return to the Dominican to play in the Dominican Summer League.

Threshers Lose Opener to Dunedin, 6-2

Opening night for the Thershers was beautiful, weather-wise. It was cool enough to need a sweatshirt, a big difference from last season’s stifling heat.

Cord Sandberg

Cord Sandberg

Cord Sandberg looked happy to be here and went on to get a double and a sacrifice fly in the game.

Cord Sandberg hits a double

Cord Sandberg hits a double

Mitch Walding hit a nice home run over the left field fence.

Mitch Walding

Mitch Walding

Herlis Rodriguez hit a foul so hard, he damaged Florida Auto Exchange Stadium’s roof.

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The dent to the roof of Florida Auto Exchange Stadium


Herlis Rodriguez

Herlis Rodriguez fouls and damages the roof.


Herlis Rodriguez robbed of a single.

Herlis Rodriguez robbed of a single.

Herlis Rodriguez was robbed of a single by an athletic play by Dunedin’s pitcher Connor Greene.

Tom Eshelman got off to a shaky start but settled in in the second inning to have a good game.

Tom Eshelman

Tom Eshelman

Victor Arano came in in relief.

Victor Arano

Victor Arano

Finally, Jairo Munoz came in to close out the game.

Jairo Munoz

Jairo Munoz

Munoz came in and brought the heat, throwing 94.

They may not have won, but there was some good highlights and I’m looking forward to tonight’s rematch against Dunedin.

Introducing The 2016 Clearwater Threshers

It was a beautiful evening here in Clearwater for the annual “Meet the Threshers” picnic for season ticket holders. It’s a fun time where we had a chance to have a nice meal and hob-knob with the players.

After everyone had a chance to eat, the voice of the Threshers, Kirsten Karbach introduced the team.

2016 Clearwater Threshers

2016 Clearwater Threshers

You can see video of the introductions HERE.

The season kicks off tomorrow night in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.