Spring Training provides multiple games between the Phillies and Yankees given the proximity of the two clubs, but interestingly this year all four games between the two squads will be completed by March 8 (three of them coming this week – today, tomorrow, and Thursday). Although Aaron Nola has been named as the Phillies opening day starter, he didn’t look like one today, loading the bases with no out in the opening inning and putting the Fightins in a 3-0 hole. Maikel Franco’s homer in the bottom of the 4th with Nick Williams aboard did pull the Phils to within a run at 4-3, but the Yanks held the upper hand in the battle of the non-roster players to win going away 8-3.
It was a beautiful afternoon, with the stadium close to capacity and the berms nearly full.
A sprinkling of Eagles’ t-shiest were on hand, and with the Sixers playing were there was evan an Embiid sighting.
I did a double take seeing this old Happ jersey – of the J.A. rather than Ian variety.
And a McBride sighting in the dugout – the first one, I’d hazard, since Bake played for the late ’70s and early ’80s championship Phillies.
Chris Young is listed as an assistant pitching in the official program, one of the many new coaches in the Phils’ system. But on this day he was an air traffic controller for outfielders, giving them hand signals based on his menu of whether to move to their left or right, and inward or outward, for each Yankees hitter.
And speaking of nonverbal communication …