Today was the first of five Spring Training contests the Phils wil have against the Blue Jays this year, two at home and three on the road. It was a no-brainer buying a three game flex pack for the Jays, since seeing the Phils in Dunedin is almost like a home game. Here is beautiful, quaint Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Does it look like there are alot of vacant seats here down the third base line? It’s only an apparition, because that’s the side where all the Phillies fans sit, and most of them were crowding the left field line seeking pre-game autographs. Only Shane Victorino came over to indulge the Phillies Faithful.
Miriam pointed out something to me this afternoon. I always note that I love the stadium because it reminds me so much of the feeling in Old Jack Russell stadium in Clearwater. She said this really is a stadium where time stands still: there’s no clock anywhere to be found! It really is emblematic of Field of Dreams, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Shoeless Joe Jackson saunter in from beyond the left field fence at night.
And here’s the sight line over toward the first base side.
Here’s a view from the lovely outdoor food court.
There were simply Phillies fans everywhere!
Phillies manager Charlie Manual spent so much time talking to enigmatic prospect Domonic Brown during the game that at one point I thought the two were going to morph into Charlie Brown.
After the game, which the Phils won handily 7-0, pitching coach Rich Dubee spent some quality time with rising prospect Jake Diekman who mopped up in the 9th inning.
I was busy during the game finding out when Juan Samuel, aka Sammy, was going to make an appearance at Frenchy’s.
Domonic Brown was gracious in signing a #9 jersey that a fan tossed to him after the game was over.
The bottom line is, it’s a wonderful stadium in which one can spend a few hours, and never see time pass.