Thursday, March 09, 2017

Spring Training thoughts from Phils Fan Jack

This year, the blog is happy to have 'Phils Fan Jack' down in Florida scouting the team and sending his observations back up to the readers of the blog here on - here's the first post:

1. My first game was Tuesday, 3/7/17, Phillies vs. Tigers in Lakeland. Brock Stassi started the game at first base then shifted to left field. 

Stassi is really hitting and clubbed a grand slam against the Tigers. He  always hustles on balls hit to him in left field. 

Today, 3/8/17, vs the Braves at Disney he hit a shot down the line on which the Braves first baseman made a great play to deprive Stassi of a possible double. I think he has a shot to make the opening day roster as a backup in left and first base and as a left handed bat off the bench. This would work well for the Phillies who want to play Rys Hoskins at first base at Lehigh Valley. 

2. In Lakeland, Nola threw two innings/about 38 pitches. Gave up 2 runs on four hits. I did not think he looked real sharp. Ben Lively threw 2 innings and looked good.

3. Tips and observations on taking in a game at Lakeland. Park for $5.00 at the Christ Lutheran Church, which is located across Grenada Street from Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Stadium parking is $10.00. Exit I-4 at Exit 33, Lakeland Hills Blvd. Follow Lakeland Hills Blvd to Grenada Street and make left onto Grenada - church is 1/2 block on the left. Ballpark is across Grenada Street. Church sells hot dogs for $1.50, burgers for $3.00, water for $1.00. This is a fund raiser for the church. 

Joker Marchant underwent a multi million dollar renovation this off season. Ripped out were some terrible uncomfortable seats down the left field line and the left field bleachers. These were replaced with regular seating and extending the grandstand. 200 level now provides ample shade. A large bar has been installed in left field pavilion, ala Frenchy's at Spectrum/Brighthouse Field. And in right field pavilion at Joker Marchant is Margaritaville.

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