Saturday, March 11, 2017

Phils Fan Jack with some more observations at Spring Training

It's another cable from "Phils Fan Jack" as he is down in sunny Florida taking in some Phillies games for Spring Training. A lot going on down there in Florida as we brace for a possible late winter storm on Monday into Tuesday in the Philadelphia region.

Here's Jack's observations:

1. On Thursday, 3/9, took in Toronto at Philadelphia. Blue Jays won 6-4. Eickhoff was hit hard in three innings, gave up a two run triple and solo homo run. Colton Murray looked good in one inning of relief. Murray also pitched a good inning against Detroit. Murray might be a sleeper to grab a bullpen spot on the opening day roster.

They brought the Italian Sausage sandwich back to Spectrum Field this year. Very good. Try one if taking in a game in Clearwater.

2. Friday, 3/10, saw Yankees at Phillies in Clearwater. Bucholz went 3.1 innings. Gave up 3 run homer in the first but settled down. Rhys Hoskins playing first hit the ball hard with a single and a double. 

A lot of traffic in the Tampa Bay Area with spring break, a golf tournament, and a Grand Prix race this weekend in St. Pete. Saturday we are headed to Dunedin for Phillies vs. Blue Jays.

Thanks so much, Jack, have a great time down there, you may want to book an extra week rather than return home to the Nor'easter and snow that we're expected to get early next week.

Going down to Phillies Spring Training next week? Here's some highlights of what's on down in Clearwater:

• St. Patty’s Day Game on Friday, March 17, 1:05 p.m. vs. Blue Jays, a spring training tradition that features green attire (both on and off the field) along with plenty of fan festivities.

• Phillies Charities Silent Auctions & Mystery Ball Sales will take place on Saturday, March 18, (Phillies vs. Pirates, 1:05 p.m.) and Wednesday, March 22 (Phillies vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.). Fans can bid on game-used and autographed memorabilia, as well as take part in a signed Mystery Ball Sale, all to benefit local charities in the city of Clearwater.

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