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:
This is where spring training gets hard to blog about. The intra-squad games have yet to start and basically, you’re watching the same players do the same drills as the last few days. There were a few highlights, however.
The best thing was Odubel Hererra motioning for me to take a picture then giving me the thumbs up sign…as seen above.
Baseball Ross and I have pictures and video of today’s activities and you can watch it HERE. If you like the video, be sure to click subscribe so you will be notified when we post new videos. We hope to post new video every day of spring training.
Tonight I witnessed something I’ve never seen before. A home town player being cruelly taunted, heckled and just chewed out by SEASON TICKET HOLDERS.
I know the ticket holders and they are some of the most faithful and loyal of fans, my only guess is that they are not fans of watching rehabbing, older major leaguers and would rather watch the young “kids”. I don’t know but it was brutal.
This is just a sample of what was shouted at Jim Thome:
“Need help holding the bat up, OLD MAN?”
“Why don’t you just retire already?”
Thome looked back at the hecklers which prompted:
“If you can’t take it why don’t you just LEAVE!”
Thome managed to smack a ball and he ran as best he could to first. The 2ndbaseman made an error and it allowed Thome to make it safely. To which the head heckler shouted:
“Way to make it to first on an ERROR, FAT BOY!”
I was kinda embarrassed. It was beyond the usual ribbing you might give an opposing player, let alone one of your own. I was really taken aback by the viciousness of it all.
For the record, Mario Hollands who was called up from Lakewood, had five hitless innings but was pulled based on his pitch count. He was relieved by Brody Colvin and the game closed out by Hector Neris. The Threshers went on to win 5-1.
I hope Thome had some extra padding around his ego.
There was one good thing to mention about the game tonight. The new edition of the Threshers Times came out with Jesse Biddle on the cover. I happened to run into Jesse and he was kind enough to autograph it for me. (It’s getting framed for my office in the new house!) He hadn’t seen the new cover and it was really cool to see the awe and surprise on his face when he saw that he was on the cover.
Adam Morgan was on the mound.
I won’t go into details. It was a rough game. Adam Morgan battled for six innings giving up 5. Colby Shreve came in in the seventh and held the Crabs scoreless. Then Garrett Claypool came in and the pain really began. 5 runs scored. Then Hector Neris came in and gave up another. It was a six run inning for the Crabs. Neris gave up another run in the ninth. Final score. 11-2 Stonecrabs. OUCH!