Sunday, February 24, 2019

Back to the diamond, hard to believe Spring Training is underway

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Jake Arrieta looks to a better season with the Phillies this year

The Phillies are back on the field in Clearwater and within the blink of an eye, we are on the doorstep of yet another baseball season now that the Spring Training season has kicked off. Does it feel like a whole off-season has went by already? This was one of the fastest times for me between the end of the season and today.

What we saw today was a very different Phillies team with some exciting players that aren't named Harper or Machado. The Phils really picked up some good players with promise with
Realmuto, McCutchen, and Segura. Do the Phillies need anymore upgrades? Tonight, the wild rumors persisted, the Phils were still pursuing Harper with the owner John Middleton apparently still courting Harper late today.

One thing that I really like about the Spring Training of baseball is that there isn't a long wait until games actually begin. Unlike football, where there is a long period of training and conditioning before games generally start, baseball is kind of an opposite of that. Players are expected to be in playing condition upon reporting and the games just get underway.

Hearing John Kruk, Tom McCarthy, and Ben Davis call the game was good as well. Kruk grew his hair just a bit and of course we had to put up with Murph's interview, that may be a bit interesting but has no place going so long during a game. We are tuning in to hear and watch the game. Save that interview stuff with people in the stands for Phillies Weekly that they run on occasion.

Well, let's take just a bit about the game. It was the Phillies taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates, or my old buddy and friend who started off the Phillies Talk Podcast, Mr. James Mulry, would refer to as 'those pesky Pittsburgh Pirates who seem to always play pretty good despite not having a roster of superstars. Yes, they did beat the Phillies today.

We'll see some players on the team that don't make it on the team, this could be the closest they ever come to playing for the big club. So, it's always interesting to take note of those things as well when these 'meaningless' games are played. It's just more than a month from now when the games will count and the long road from late March to the end of October begins for a new baseball season.

A lot to talk about so, I hope you'll stop back frequently and even leave a comment or two this season. Check out the offer below for ESPN+

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