Phillies Spring Training Roster and Minor League Spring Training Game Schedule Released!

Hot off the presses!!! I snagged the Major League Roster as well as the Minor League Game schedule! Check the photos below:

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Roy Halladay Gets the Call to the Hall!

I’ve been a Roy Halliday fan for a long time. He’s an easy one to like. We all know his on the field successes…but I also am a fan for his off the field activities.

He was a friend to local police. It was mentioned at his memorial that he had donated the money for the Pasco County Sheriffs office to purchase another police dog, which they named Doc after him. Doc was even at the memorial service. Halladay often donated gloves, hats, shoes and other signed memorabilia for the PAL silent auction at Spectrum Field.

I was lucky enough to get a signed, embroidered, game used Halladay glove in one of the auctions. It still bothers me to this day that I missed getting his cleats and hat that night. I also walked away with a signed commemorative plaque complete with coins and signed with PG  and the date for perfect game.

I also have a ball he signed ball he signed for me one year in spring training. I remember it well, it was one of the first balls I ever got. I waited next to the fence by the parking lot. It was later in the afternoon and there were only a few of us left waiting. Halladay went out to his car and was talking with Carlos Ruiz who was parked near him. He then noticed the group of us and came over and signed before he left. It always impressed me as he could have just gotten in his car and driven away, but instead he came back for us.

It also had impressed me what when he found out that there was a fan twitter page called “I want to go to the zoo with Roy Halladay” that once he retired, he made that  happen too.

Roy was one of those rare guys who you could root for both on and off the field. His stats tell you what kind of a player was, his off the field activities tell you what kind of man he was. I am glad that he got the call to the Hall of Fame. He earned and deserved it and gosh how I wish he was here to get the call himself.

 

 

Pictures from Phillies Spring Training 2018-Day 3

There has been much made about Manager Gabe Kapler’s “start at 11” change to spring training. We didn’t rush and arrived at 10:30 and found that they had started at 10! Not only that, it was the annual golf outing so they would be quitting early as well.

So in here are the highlights of what little practice we got to see:

Mark Leiter, Jr.
Mark Leiter, Jr.
JD Hammer
JD Hammer
Zac Curtis
Zac Curtis
Pedro Beato
Pedro Beato
JD Hammer
JD Hammer
Victor Arrano
Victor Arrano
Joely Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez
Pedro Beato
Pedro Beato
Zac Curtis
Zac Curtis
Hoby Milner, Hector Neris and Adam Morgan
Hoby Milner, Hector Neris and Adam Morgan
JD Hammer
JD Hammer

We’ll be back at it tomorrow…

Tebow-Game 1 Highlights 

Before the game:

Lines to get in-long before the gates open-this is the handicapped line.

The concourse is as full as spring Training.

These people only want Tebow’s autograph. (And they were rude.)


You can watch his first at at bat HERE.
EDITED TO ADD:

Here is video of Tebow hitting a 2-run single HERE.

Hot Mic! Hot Mic!-Edited

I just had one of the best laughs I’ve had in a while. Baseball Ross tuned in on MiLB.tv to watch the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs versus the Rochester Red Wings.  The logos were on the screen but no announcement of a delay or anything.

So Ross could hear talking but not very loudly, afraid that there was a problem with the computer he asks me to check with the iPad since I have my nice Bose earphones paired to it. I tune into the game….

The game was in a delay, but the announcers didn’t know their mics were still on! As people do when they have time off at work-they we’re goofing around and let’s just say the language could be “colorful”.

I immediately looked up then twittered the team: 

They didn’t notice right away…but then…

“Uh guys, someone just tweeted that they can hear us in here!”

(Everything went silent)

“I think they tuned in to watch the game on MiLB.tv and the mics are on.”

There was some murmuring about whether they were on or not so I twittered:


(Basically a cleaned-up version of the earlier conversation.)

Next thing you hear is that they are scrambling to find the “hot” mic.

They check each mic…with “hello”

I twittered back “hello.”

After a few more minutes of scrambling, it went silent.

Best laugh I’ve had in a long time! 

So when we got the alert that the game was about to start after the rain delay we tuned back in, what do you know—-THE MICS WERE OPEN AGAIN!

Being the benevolent soul I am, I tweet to them to let them know and then…

“Hi Betsy! Hi Baseball Betsy! She’s back, guess she’s the only one listening to us!”

What a hoot!  Best.NightEver!

Elevator Day!

I really don’t remember a day when THIS many promotions happened:

From Reading to Lehigh Valley

LHP Joey Denato

OF Andrew Pullin 


From Clearwater to Reading

RHP Ranfi Casimiro

OF Herlis Rodriguez 

IF Drew Stankiewicz 

To make room Jose Antequerra from Reading to Lakewood 

Also Clearwater’s 3B Damek Tomcha to the 7 day DL.

This comes a day after Clearwater lost the first half to the Tampa Yankees. With this many moves and Tomscha on the DL, it will be interesting to see what happens. This leaves Clearwater missing FOUR players. Hopefully they will post the corresponding moves before tonight’s game. May be I should bring my mitt to the game just in case? How’s the song go? Put me in coach! I’m ready to play today, look at me, I can be centerfield! 

EDITED TO ADD: 

For Clearwater:

Derek Campbell activated from DL

Will Hibbs, RHP from Lakewood