Last night was the fan fest at Brighthouse Field for the Clearwater Threshers. It was also a night where the Tiki Bar was open. Good times to be had for all.
Players and season ticket holders were treated to free food and entertainment by the amazing Greg West.
After a while, it was time to introduce the team.
This is where I get to my “Circle of Life” comment. Jesse Biddle, the young pitcher on the right of the second picture in the blue in white checked shirt, I saw him pitch his very first professional game in Williamsport.
Back in 2010, my husband Ross had read about Biddle being one of the up and coming prospects in the Phillies’ farm system. We watched the papers every day and the day he was due to pitch his first game, we made the over 2 hour trip to Williamsport to Historic Bowman Field to see him. We even braved driving through Little League World Series traffic to do it, (If I remember correctly.)
In digging through the 40,000 pictures I have on file, I found my pictures from that day. For some reason that escapes me now, they were wearing green uniforms (it may have been “Green Night” celebrating recycling and I think we were given CFL lightbulbs as the give-away). I happened to talk to Jesse after the team was announced tonight and he seemed genuinely surprised that someone would driven that far just to see him pitch. He was a really nice guy and I’m really looking forward to seeing him progress this summer.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, watching a player work his way up is the best part of baseball. Seeing players play in their first game or season then the next level and the next, year after year. We also saw Joe Savery pitch his first game in Williamsport and now he’s on the Phillies 25 man roster. Its like a circle of life and it moves us all…