Then we went over to the carpenter complex and saw Jojo Romero pitching to Scott Kingery.
Shortly after we arrived, the Major League camp broke for the day so we waited until 1:30 for the minor league players who have reported early to come out. For me, this is my favorite part of spring training, I know a lot of these guys and it’s great to see my friends again.
I have video of Carlos De La Cruz take batting practice HERE and Jose Pujols HERE.
Today was nearly perfect, sunny, light breeze, perfect temperature. Ross and I skipped yesterday’s 59°, cloudy and windy day-after today, I’m glad we did!
This is our twelfth spring training and the last two under new manager Gabe Kapler have been, different to say the least. It used to be that the players would come out at 9-930 and practice would begin at 10. They would practice until 12, major league would go in for lunch and the minor leaguers would report and hit the field about 1.
Now, they have batting practice in the stadium (no idea when they start) quit about 11, the pitchers are “supposed” to come out around 11 but it was after 11:30 and they didn’t start until almost noon. It can make for a long day as they didn’t quit until after 1:30.
That being noted: I did manage to get a few good shots as well as a little video.
This first video is of Jake Arrieta who reportedly had knee surgery just a month ago. From what I could see, he looked just fine. You can watch it HERE.
The second video is of Rhys Hoskins taking live batting practice from Drew Anderson as Gabe Kapler looked on. That video is HERE.
And below I have posted some random shots from around the complex today:
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.
Fall Instructional League games are much like spring training games, they are more relaxed, coaches can end or “roll” an inning and pitchers often pitch only an inning.
Someone forgot to tell Phillies’ First Round draft pick Alec Bohm…he sent a ball almost out of Spectrum Field! He hit a blazing line drive that hit off near to top of the “F” on the sign above Frenchy’s Tiki Bar! It was a thunderous hit that even the sound was no-doubt-about it. I managed to catch this swing, landing and Bohm’s bat flip and run around the bases…