Don’t look for a clock anywhere in Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin where the Blue Jays play because you won’t find one. The little scoreboard in left center is just about the same size as the one at old Jack Russell Stadium, and the seating capacity a carbon copy. These stadia are places where time almost stands still, yet there are reminders that time moves on. The program vendor at Bright House used to work the Phils’ games in Dunedin, but he has retired and now sits in the stands nestled among the many Phillies fans who invade Dunedin. I’ll miss the human kazoo and his low tech prompts, not to mention his calling out: “Upper Darby, South Jersey, North Philly, Cheltenham!”, getting as much of a rise as one can from fans vacationing or transplanted.
Ryan Howard continues to look good this Spring, being greeted here by Ryne Sandberg after his home run trot put the Phils up three zip in the first, a short lived lead as the new look Blue Jays muscled up against Cliff Lee and the Phils’ version of RA Dickey without a knuckleball, Tyler Cloyd.
Well, as we all agree, it’s March 3 and early enough that we can choose to focus on the rays of sunshine and ignore the ominous clouds. The winds of change blew hard through the late afternoon and evening, but in many ways time almost stood still.