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:

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!



Scenes From Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 23

It was a “camp day” in Phillies camp. Camp days can be either one of two types of days: drills in the morning/afternoon off or drills in the morning/intra-squad scrimmages in the afternoon. This was the latter.

With four Phillies teams playing, it’s hard to try to see who’s playing/not playing for the day, get to the right field at the right time to see which player you want to see and at the same time, look over who isn’t playing so you can try to say hello or meet those players. I got to see some good plays, see old friends and make a few new friends.

So I have a few pictures that I took to show the action.

Andrew Knapp
Harold Martinez
Venn Biter
Damek Tomscha
Calvin Harris
Andrew Godail
Jesen Therrien
Cornelius Randolph
Drew Stankiewicz
Granny Cumana
Zach Coppola
Rhys Hoskins
Anthony Vasquez

The Trickle-Down of Players Begins

Zach Eflin
And so it begins…

The downward trickle of players from the major league camp to the minors. According to Todd Zolecki of, Jake Thompson, Mark Appel and Zach Eflin have been sent to the minor league camp.

I will be at camp tomorrow and hope to have pictures.

One of My Favorite Days

I was so excited I could hardly sleep last night. The thought of getting to see my friends and two of our “baseball sons” made it like Christmas morning.

We got to the field at 10 only to find that the young guys had been out for a while. (This is different from previous years.) 

We saw several of our friends as they took a water break. Then Ross and I watched the Phillies as they took BP before boarding the bus to Dunedin. 

Later, the position players started trickling out for their warm ups as the pitchers were cleaning up and getting ready to head out. I found a good spot and managed to say hello to all of my friends and then two of my sons! 


Elniery Garcia and I
Ranfy Casimiro, Betsy and Elniery Garcia
Nothing makes me happier than getting a chance to spend time with my sons. 

I’ve studied my Spanish over the winter and surprised many of my Dominican and Venezuelan friends with my acquisition of some key phrases. 

It was a good day. I feel like that part of my life that was missing is back. Tomorrow I might actually remember to take pictures. 

It really was a great day.

Day 5 Spring Training 2016

Today was beautiful, it was 79 and sunny. It was almost hot with how intense the sun was, but if the weatherman is right, by Thursday we will be missing it as it’s expected to only 61.

So I found a few places in the sun and observed today’s action:


Coach Ernie Witt talks with Logan Moore and Cameron Rupp

Edubray Ramos in a pitching drill

Pitcher Jimmy Cordero covers first

Aaron Nola


Chris Leroux
Brock Stassi practices at first on the half field

JP Crawford takes practice on the half field

Newcomer Angelys Nina during infield practice on the half field


Mike Schmidt (red hat with neck cover) and Charlie Manuel (in red windbreaker) watch JP Crawford hit


Pete Mackanin comes in to watch BP
Roman Quinn takes the field to shag flies during BP


Odubel Herrerra

With that, that’s all from sunny Clearwater. Back at it tomorrow.

Spring Training 2016 Begins

For the casual fan, the first day of pitchers and catchers isn’t the most exciting. They come out and spend about half an hour stretching then break into work groups and go to different fields with different coaches.

Then the coaches talk for about another twenty minutes (this is done somewhere on the field so fans can’t hear) and after that, they begin practicing. The first few days, they only pantomime throwing.


Aaron Nola during drills
Watching drills (especially when you’ve been doing this 7+ years) can get a little boring so Baseball Ross and I walked over to Bright House to watch position players take batting practice.

On the half field next to the stadium, Darin Ruf, Freddy Galvis and Andres Blanco were doing infield drills:


Darin Ruf at first
Freddy Galvis at second
Andres Blanco at third
Once inside, we saw:



Aaron Altherr
Brock Stassi takes one deep during BP


Cody Asche
Roman Quinn and JP Crawford

Roman Quinn
Andres Blanco and Freddy Galvis

Nick Williams and JP Crawford

The weather was the best in recent memory. I can’t wait for tomorrow!