Morning began with the table full of working vacation papers, and afternoon ended with the Mustang Convertible as one of the last cars out of the Bright House season ticket holder lot.
In between were a lot of bittersweet moments of the last day of Florida operations for the Philadelphia Phillies 2014 Spring Training Season. Once again, the month has raced by!
Although Diamond Outfitters and Designated Hatter were open, offering 20% off all merchandise as a “Fan Appreciation Sale”, the trailer and tent weren’t open for business today.
The lineup this afternoon sported all the regulars backing A.J. Burnett who had a strong outing. The one exception was Dom Brown who had the afternoon off.
The stadium was half empty however, and many of the regular vendors evidently took the afternoon off anticipating the cool breeze would dampen sales. Our favorite vendor wouldn’t miss it though because he knew we were gonna love it.
Phanatic did his farewell appearance today, and even got Dandy Dan McDonough to take a ride on his motorcycle. What a showcase!
A.J. looked sharp on the mound for the Phils today, which is encouraging given Cole Hamels’ delayed opening.
The Phillies bats were all too silent again this afternoon, mustering only one hit. So the only positive to focus on was the pitching. Jonathan Pettibone fared well in his first appearance of the Spring.
The Phils’ lumber was so much in slumber that Rube had to get up to stretch just to stay awake.
Shortly thereafter he was on the phone, perhaps seeing if there was anyway he could unload a cleanup hitter who is still visibly challenged by anything off-speed. (And as Mrs. Amaro would say – If it’s from a lefty? Oy vey iz meer!) The last man in today for the Phils was announced as Jonathan Papelbon, but for some strange reason he wasn’t wearing his uniform. (See here.) He was channeling his inner Chooch wearing Cincuenta y uno with the name Ruiz. Strange dude, that Pap. All the scouts pulled out their radar guns just to see how Carlos Papelbon was bringing it.