The signs are visible in town, as we turn the calendar page to March 1, that Phillie Fans are around. Clearwater Beach should be hopping with fans, but the town is still relatively quiet. Part of the reason is that Spring Training started early this year to accommodate the World Baseball Classic schedule. The Spring Breakers aren’t out of school yet, and that’s a factor. But the smooth flow of traffic over the Causeway into the beach is also influenced by the weather. It’s an overcast day with a windchill probably in the 40s. The thermometer reads 60, and if we were up North, we’d be breaking out the short sleeves and suntan lotion. But here we’re walking around with sweatshirts and checking the thermostat settings.
There are going to be some unhappy Philly Birds flying into town this weekend, as the temperature during the day isn’t due to make it to 70 for a little while. Florida weather never comes with any guarantees, as they say, and as pretty as Bright House Network Field is, evidently their Internet service leaves something to be desired, judging by my signal cutting in and out. The Phils continued to show signs of life offensively, with a nice showing over at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa today. The 10-5 victory was a sloppy one, with the Yanks committing four errors, but hey – a win is a win. Nice to see our buddy Asche pick up a couple of hits – his Spring is reminding me of the one Jason Donald had at 3B before getting traded for Lee.
Dominic Brown looked good today on the big screen projection TV at Toucan’s on Mandalay Avenue, and Mayberry Jr. looked even better, but the story continued to be Doc Halladay and the mixture of pitches he was able to throw with zip and dip. I continue to be encouraged, but what the heck — optimism is cheap this time of year. As of today we’re moved over to Papaya & Mandalay for the rest of our stay, and even when it’s nippy outside the view is always pretty. Go Phils!