Easter Drinks at Ryan Howard’s Mansion

It was a very special Easter for Baseball Ross and I…we had drinks at Ryan Howard’s Mansion in Belair Beach.

We had a lovely drive over the bridge and the weather was perfect we couldn’t have asked for more.

Notice I didn’t say IN Ryan Howard’s house, just at the house.

April Fools!

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Pictures from Philles Spring Training Day 6-First Day Full Team

Today was the first day that the entire major league team was due to report. Things are quite different under the Kapler regime are very different. Whereas they had previously started at 9 and went to about noon, now it starts “around” 11 and goes after 2.

Today, my friend Jose Taveras pitched live batting practice for the major league time since making the 40 man roster.

Jose Taveras

I was able to catch most of the big names as well:

Maikel Franco
Odubel Herrera
Roman Quinn
JP Crawford
Rhys Hoskins
Jesmel Valentin
Jared Eickhoff

Pictures from Phillies Spring Training 2018-Day 4

Today was SOS-Same Old Situation, more of the same PFPs (pitcher fielding practice), catcher drills, bunting practice for the pitchers and batting practice for the catchers.

There was a fairly sizable crowd today. They still haven’t opened up Spectrum Field to the public to watch batting practice for the position players. Baseball Ross is such a dedicated blogger, he had his camera up against the gates to get a few shots.

Dylan Cozens
Dylan Cozens

So I stayed at the Carpenter Complex to get a few shots of my own:

Jose Taveras
Jose Taveras
Zach Eflin
Mark Leiter, Jr
Logan Moore
Brandon Leibrandt
Edgar Cabral
Jared Eickhoff
Jorge Alfaro
Ben Lively
Franklyn Kilome
Drew Anderson
Ranger Suarez
Enyel De Los Santos
Tommy Hunter

 

Gabe Kapler Speaks to Fans After Practice

Gabe Kapler

This afternoon, Baseball Ross and I were able to see new Phillies Manager, Gabe Kapler speak to the fans after practice. Kapler came over after speaking to the media at Spectrum field.

He was friendly and seemed to enjoy interacting with the crowd that was assembled. He answered questions as well as took selfies and signed autographs.

Betsy and Gabe Kapler

His attitude was much different than the way he is portrayed in the media and frankly, I think  like the guy.  He was asked “Tell us the truth, what do you think?” and Kapler replied:

“Well, right now I felt absolutely felt nothing but support. So I feel supported, is probably the easiest way to put it. And also know that the fans expect us to be accountable, they expect us to bust our balls out there and to give everything we have. And that’s easy. It doesn’t require any effort. And just like the city of Boston where I played for a couple of years, you care about intensity and fight and determination and grit. And then obviously you expect us to win. We understand those expectations and expect to beat them.”

Sounds like a good plan to me. I recorded the interaction and you can watch it HERE.

I must admit, I may have just put one foot on the Kapler bandwagon. He took time with everyone there and seems to have a good grip on what the team needs to do. His methods are different, practice starts at 11 instead of 9, the atmosphere is more relaxed. Only time will tell if his changes will pan out. I’m kind of excited to see if it meet our “expectations” and if they “beat them.”

Pictures from Phillies Spring Training 2018-Day 2

Today I followed a group of pitchers through their regimen. JD Hammer, Ranger Suarez, Franklyn Kilome, Seranthony Dominguez and Jose Taveras.

From bunting practice to a series of PFPs (pitchers fielding practices) I followed them to get an idea of the “flavor” of these early days of spring training.

Seranthony Dominguez
Seranthony Dominguez
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Jose Taveras
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Seranthony Dominguez
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Jose Taveras
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Jose Taveras
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JD Hammer
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Franklyn Kilome
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Franklyn Kilome
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Ranger Suarez
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JD Hammer
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Jose Taveras
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Seranthony Dominguez
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Jose Taveras
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Reviewing the day’s work

Sorry for the late hour but my phone crashed and I spent 4 hours recovering it. Whew!

Pictures from Phillies Spring Training 2018 Day 1

There’s only so many words one can write about the endless drills and pitchers fielding practice (PFPs), bunting practice when you see it every day. So I’ve decided to share some pictures from today, the pictures say more than words:

Zach Eflin
Zach Eflin
Jake Thompson
Jake Thompson
Hector Neris
Hector Neris
Pat Neshak
Pat Neshak
Hoby Milner
Hoby Milner
Franklyn Kilome
Franklyn Kilome
Adam Morgan
Adam Morgan

and the Phillies’ new skipper:

Gabe Kapler
Gabe Kapler