After the Last Phillies Game-Dedication is Rewarded 

Since we left the Phillies game early, Basrball Ross and I stopped by the Carpenter Complex and I was rewarded.

I try to take at least one picture of every player and this year, because of my injury, I was missing quite a few. I was happy to catch up with five I had missed.

 

Edgar Ibarra

 
Chris Leroux

  

  

David Lough
 
Ryan Jackson
  
I think my favorite thing of the day was seeing Jeff Singer pitch. He seemed to have a smile on his face, as if he was just enjoying the game. He was fun to watch.

   

Jeff Singer
  
Jeff Singer
  
Jeff Singer
 

Baseball Blogging is a Family Affair in Our House

Baseball really is a family affair here in our house. Not only do I and my husband, Baseball Ross blog, but our dogs are part of the family business.

Some of you may be familiar with our youngest, Veronica. She was featured last summer on the Williamsport Croscutters “Pet Night” jersey.

Williamsport Crosscutters Pet Night Jersey Featuring Veronica
Williamsport Crosscutters Pet Night Jersey Featuring Veronica
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Williamsport Crosscutters Pet Night Jersey Featuring Veronica

 

Veronica (and Maggie if the weather is cool enough, she’s 15 1/2) love to go to bark in the Park. I guess you could say they are “rabid” fans. Usually, they will actually watch the game until about the 8th inning where they tend to nap.

Veronica sits in my season ticket holder seat at the Threshers.
Veronica sits in my season ticket holder seat at the Threshers.

They’ve been to Reading as well. Here’s Maggie in her younger days.

Maggie at the Reading Phillies
Maggie at the Reading Phillies

Veronica will even watch baseball on TV.

Veronica and Ross watching the Phillies on TV wearing their hats.
Veronica and Ross watching the Phillies on TV wearing their hats.

Today, Ross had two “assistants” while working on his blog. I mean, Veronica and Maggie have as much experience watching baseball as some bloggers, they have a vast knowledge base.

Veronica checks Ross' work
Veronica checks Ross’ work

Then the “Senior Editor” had to review his work.

Senior Editor Maggie
Senior Editor Maggie

Let’s hope they approve, or Ross may need to bribe them with a couple of Milkbones.

Phillies Come Back to Win 8-4-Photos from the Game

This has been a tough spring. My foot injury kept me from going to any Phillies games until today, the last game. On the plus side, the ticket was FREE, so there’s that.

I have to be honest, I really didn’t feel like I was missing much, I love the minor league teams. Those guys are playing every game as it could be their last. Especially after the last round of cuts, it’s obvious that it COULD be their last. They play every game, every play. For many it’s not a job, it’s a passion. There’s something beautiful in that, something simple.

I did enjoy seeing the Phanatic:

Phanatic
Phanatic
I got to see Roman Quinn and Angelo Mora get the end of spring training awards:

Angelo Mora and Roman Quinn get the end of spring training awards.
Angelo Mora and Roman Quinn get the end of spring training awards.
Jeremy Hellickson pitched:

Jeremy Hellickson
Jeremy Hellickson
Peter Bourjos led off:

Peter Bourjos
Peter Bourjos
Then, in order:

Cesar Hernandez
Cesar Hernandez

Maikel Franco
Maikel Franco

Darin Ruf
Darin Ruf

Cameron Rupp
Cameron Rupp

Andres Blanco
Andres Blanco

Tyler Goeddel
Tyler Goeddel

Will Venable
Will Venable

Jeremy Hellickson
Jeremy Hellickson
As it was 0-0 when we needed to leave.  I was feeling like it was ok, that I wasn’t going to miss anything, I mean nothing happened the first time through the line up.

Baseball Ross and I wanted to stop by Carpenter to see some of the minor leaguers, there’s still a few I need to get pictures of…so we started walking. (Well he walked and I hobbled.) By the time we got over there, the Phillies were losing to the Astros 3-0. We sighed and settled in to watching the young ones….

Next thing I knew my phone started going nuts and the Phillies came back to win, 8-4. I guess this is a lesson…I leave, the Phillies win. You’re welcome Phillies fans!

 

 

More Phillies Minor Leaguers Released-Including One of Our “Baseball Sons”

This is the part I hate about spring training, the cuts.  It’s especially tough when you know the guys like Baseball Ross and I do. Some of this week’s cuts, come close to home, as we have known some of these guys for years and one is one of our “baseball sons”.

The first was pitcher Lino Martinez.

Lino Martinez, photo courtesy of MiLB.com
Lino Martinez, photo courtesy of MiLB.com

Then my friend, catcher Jesus Posso

Jesus Posso, photo courtesy of MiLB.com
Jesus Posso, photo courtesy of MiLB.com

Then short stop Dylan Bosheers

Dylan Bosheers, photo courtesy of MiLB.com
Dylan Bosheers, photo courtesy of MiLB.com

Also Scott Tomasetti, catcher

Scott Tomasetti, photo courtesy of MiLB.com
Scott Tomasetti, photo courtesy of MiLB.com

Pitcher Andrew Godail

Andrew Godail
Andrew Godail

Former Stanford quarterback, pitcher Evan Crower

Evan Crower
Evan Crower

And finally, the one that tears me up and breaks my heart, my first baseball “son” and last years’ Williamsport Crosscutters Booster Club Fan Favorite:

Feliberto Sanchez

Feliberto Sanchez
Feliberto Sanchez

Feliberto wasn’t just any player, he was/is/will always be one of my favorites. We met him four years ago when he began his career with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and I am grateful to have had the last four years where he has called us his “American Parents”.

I always joked that he was meant to be my “son” as we have the same crazy sense of humor and the two of us could understand each other without even talking…much to Ross’ chagrin. Feliberto and I could play jokes on Ross and before he knew what was going on, Feliberto and I would be laughing hysterically.

While I didn’t mention him by name, he is the one that caused my “crazy trip to the Tampa Airport post” (you can read that fiasco HERE) When I got him back to go to hotel that night, he wouldn’t let me leave until he gave me the gift he had made for Ross and I and it is one of my most cherished possessions.

The plaque
The plaque

It says “Special for my parents, I love you Mom and Dad”.

That year, he had hurt his knee at Thanksgiving and was flown first to Philly for surgery then here to Clearwater for rehab-which is why I had picked him up at the airport.

While rehabbing, he was here for a month, returning to the Dominican just two days before Christmas. The day before he left, he was allowed to leave the hotel for the afternoon and we had an “American” Christmas.

Our Christmas
Our Christmas

Baseball Ross asked me to add: 

“In Sanchez’ last two games he pitched five innings and struck out NINE…yet he was never given a chance to move up to Lakewood.”

Even now, I get a little choked up seeing the plaque because it means that much to me. It hangs right by my chair in the livingroom and even though he’s back in the Dominican, he’s never far from my heart. The only thing that’s changed over the years is that I’ve dropped the term “baseball”, he is my son. Hopefully, one day soon we can get together again.

Scenes From Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 28, 2016

It started out as a muggy afternoon and by the time the games were over, it was breezy and starting to sprinkle. I was kept busy by having the majority of my pitcher friends all pitching in the same game. There were two major leaguers, Carlos Ruiz and Charlie Morton on the other field. I was also lucky enough to meet two fans and the father of a player who loves the pictures of his son that Ross and I have posted. It’s things like that that make what we do so fun.

Here are the two major leaguers:

 

Carlos Ruiz
Carlos Ruiz
Charlie Morton
Charlie Morton

And the rest of the guys:

Scott Kingery
Scott Kingery
Jorge Alfaro
Jorge Alfaro
Aaron Brown
Aaron Brown
Rhys Hoskins
Rhys Hoskins
Grenny Cumana
Grenny Cumana
Cornelius Randolph
Cornelius Randolph
Deivi Grullon
Deivi Grullon
Rodolfo Duran
Rodolfo Duran
Luke Leftwich
Luke Leftwich
Josh Tobias
Josh Tobias
William Cuicas
William Cuicas
Will Morris
Will Morris
Gregory Rivero
Gregory Rivero
Andrew Pullin
Andrew Pullin
Jan Hernandez
Jan Hernandez
Luis Incarnation
Luis Encarnacion

I was excited to get this shot, as Encarnacion hit a homer on this swing.

Robert Tasin
Robert Tasin
Zach Coppola
Zach Coppola
Luis Espiritu
Luis Espiritu
Grenny Cumana
Grenny Cumana-This was as he started to steal second.
Seranthony Dominguez
Seranthony Dominguez
Damek Tomscha
Damek Tomscha
Venn Biter
Venn Biter
Ulises Joaquin
Ulises Joaquin
Felix Paulino
Felix Paulino
Alexis Rivero
Alexis Rivero
Jose Taveras
Jose Taveras

 

Scenes from Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 27, 2016

Now that my foot is healing, I am able to get to spring training almost every day. I feel like I am playing “catch-up” after missing so many days. There are so many players that I haven’t had a chance to see, let alone photograph.

The highlight of yesterday was being able to catch Carlos Alonso’s home run:

Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso

Ryan Howard was playing and it seemed like he was struggling at the plate, striking out all three times I saw him bat, though Baseball Ross thinks he saw him hit a double later.

Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard

Drew Stankiewicz also hit a home run.

Drew Stankiewicz
Drew Stankiewicz

Here are some other shots from the day.

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Jacob Waguespack
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Sam Hiciano
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Matt Hockenberry
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Cornelius Randolph
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Venn Biter
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Grenny Cumana
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Alejandro Arteaga
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Grenny Cumana
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Jan Hernandez
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Brock Stassi
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Matt Imhof
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Jake Thompson
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Carlos Tocci
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Chase Numata
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Damek Tomscha
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Tyler Goeddel
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Matt Imhof
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Jorge Alfaro
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Andrew Knapp

Questions About Team Roster Announcements

 

Front Office Personnel

This weekend has been the most tense weekend of spring training, it’s the weekend when the decisions are made as to which team each player is assigned or if they are released.

As evidenced by the picture above, Phillies front office personnel have been watching intently. The players have been swinging for the fences-we have seen AT LEAST eight home runs this weekend alone.

After speaking with the players, they all say, “soon” and “by the end of the week”.  

While there another workgroup lists/rosters be released before then? Probably not. Usually th way we find out is to come the day they break camp and watch the players load their equipment into trucks labeled with the destination on it. For accuracy, we are stuck waiting for the teams to update the rosters on the websites.

As someone lucky enough to get to know these kids, it’s a hard week. It’s such a roller coaster, some guys move up, some stay at the same level and some sadly are released. It’s also hard to see them go, as we don’t know if we will get to see them until next year. 

For me, the best part is to see those guys who are moving up-they always have a look of promise on their faces. That is what I wait for all month. The look of accomplishment that makes it all worth while.

Happy Easter!

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Photo courtesy of Makerbot.com

It may be the Highest of Holy days on the Christian calendar, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be baseball today. It makes me think of the opening scene from that great baseball movie, “Bull Durham”:

I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance. [sigh] But it just didn’t work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology.

So in a little while, Baseball Ross and I will head out to the Carpenter Complex for a little “church”.

Happy Easter!

Scenes From Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 26, 2016

Today was one of those days where there was so much going on on three of the four fields at the Carpenter Complex that I could have used a twin or even a triplet to help me try to cover all the action. I’m still stuck using my knee scooter, which has actually turned out to be a help, I can zip around faster than I can walk and when I pick a spot to set up, I can sit on the cushioned seat right against the fence without obstructing anyone’s view.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle trying to get into the parking lot so we were delayed a bit, but as I walked up to Roberts Field in the back, I was pleased to see Cody Asche back at the plate. I was even more pleased to see him smack the ball so hard that it landed at the base of the hill to US 19! It was definitely one of the longest hits I’ve ever seen on that field. You can see pictures of the hit HERE.

Mitch Walding also had a great day, with two home runs, one that I have a picture of and one that Baseball Ross has on video. You can see it HERE.

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Mitch Walding
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Mitch Walding

Dylan Cozens also hit two home runs, I managed to get a picture of one of them.

Dylan Cozens

Here’s some pictures from the rest of the day, my only regret is that I got to Schmidt field in time to see David Buchanan’s last pitch and didn’t have time to get my camera up to get a shot.

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Christian Merraro
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Jorge Alfarro
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Jorge Alfaro
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Zach Eflin
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Zach Eflin
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JP Crawford gets hit by his foul
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Andrew Pullin
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Aaron Brown
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Aaron Nola
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Tommy Joseph
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Colton Murray
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Ben Lively
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Ben Lively
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KC Serna
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Carlos Alonso
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Herlis Rodriguez
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Rhys Hoskins
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KC Serna
 
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Jesmel Valentin
The most unique thing I saw today was a true submariner, Ben Rowen of the Jays. I think he has the lowest release point of any submariner I’ve ever seen.

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Ben Rowen
It was a great day for baseball and I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.

“Smache Asche” is back!

I got to the Carpenter Complex just as Cody Asche got to the plate. I wasn’t aware he was going to play and was happy to see him at the plate.

I was then rewarded by getting to see him hit a long homer at Robin Roberts field that landed at the base of Rt 19! 

In the words of the great Harry Kalas, “That ball is outta here!”

 

Cody Asche

 
Cody Asche