There was ray of hope today for the Phils against the Tampa Bay Rays. Perhaps even more than one.
Chase Utley appeared in his first game, and got twoABs as designated hitter. He lined a sharp single to center his second time up, and was promptly removed for Aaron Altherr as a pinch runner. But swollen ankle or not, Chase could have scored because Ryan Howard connected on his first homer of the Spring, sending a shot that knifed through the wind to right field for a two run homer.
Another ray of hope today was left-hander one time can’t miss prospect who has been missiong – Jesse Biddle, who acquitted himself very well.
Jesse’s performance warmed the heart of Gail Cooper, whose mother’s name was Biddle and who traces her roots back to the American Revolution.
Ryan Howard not only powered up today, but looked very nimble in the field. After doing his day’s with of Spring work, he was pulled in favor of Chris McGuiness. The Phils didn’t draft McGuiness. He was signed as a minor league free agent.
The stores were sporting their St. Patty’s Day wares of hat and T’s.
We hung out a little bit for post-game batting practice, mostly Andres Blanco, Tommy Joseph and Koye Hill hitting.