Well, kind of. Spring Training for the Phillies officially opens on Tuesday, with the Phils vs. the Yankees, but there will be an exhibition game tomorrow at Bright House against the University of Tampa. Lest anyone think this is a simple scrimmage, The UT Spartans are quite an impressive college team and the Phils a quite unimpressive major league team. Should make the game interesting, as few if any of the Phils players will be in the majors this year. Certainly none of the scheduled pitchers are – in order, they are slated to be Clemens (not Roger), Aumont, Neris, Ogando, Araujo, and Oliver.
Games like this are a big deal for the college kids. I recall the exhibition game at Bright House in which Buster Posey played for Florida State University before moving on to the Giants. Will any of tomorrow’s UT Spartans go on to major league careers? Unlikely. But it’s intriguing to look back at some of the current players who starred in college – take Chase Utley, for example, in his UCLA Blue.