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One Man’s Clearwater Guide

I get a lot of e-mails from readers asking me for recommendations for their trip to Clearwater. If you’ve been here before, you probably don’t need my help. If you’re new to town, here are a few suggestions:

  • Stay near the beach, if possible.
  • A Phillies spring training tradition is breakfast at Lenny’s, which is a short walk (and an even shorter drive) from the ballpark. If you go on the weekends, don’t expect to roll up at 10 a.m. and get a table. There’s usually a line out the door, but it’s worth it.
  • Another spring training tradition is a stop at one of the four Frenchy’s restaurants. Frenchy’s is famous for their grouper sandwiches, although generally everything they serve is excellent. Frenchy’s Rockaway is on the beach, and has a good atmosphere at night and on the weekends. Some say Frenchy’s Original has the best food of the four. A good, relaxed beach vibe at every one.
  • My personal favorite place to eat in Clearwater? Island Way Grill. Probably the trendiest place near the beach. Make a reservation.
  • A close second is Salt Rock Grill on Indian Shores. Make a reservation.
  • Like sushi? Kiku is right around the corner from Frenchy’s Original.
  • Keegan’s was featured on that show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. That’s the show where that guy shows how crazy he is by wearing his sunglasses on the back of his head.
  • A couple solid places on Sand Key are Colombia and Backwater’s.
  • Looking for places to go after dinner on Clearwater Beach? There is Frenchy’s Rockaway, Palm Pavilion, Brown Boxer, Kelly’s Beach Bar, Shephard’s and more. (I’m personally not a fan of Shephard’s, but some folks like it. Shephard’s also is a hotel, but if you’re over 25 I don’t recommend it, unless you love spring breakers.) There are other places in St. Pete Beach and Tampa, obviously, but I’m sticking with Clearwater Beach here.
  • If you’re in town during the NCAA tournament, Tilted Kilt is across the street from the ballpark and has a bunch of TVs. (Not a fan of the food, but that’s me.)
  • Looking to blow some coin on a big steak dinner? Bern’s in Tampa is great. Make sure to hit the dessert room.
  • Everybody always asks about autographs. The only advice I can give is stand along the third-base line and hope for the best. Another piece of advice: If you’re an adult, it’s best to act like one. Don’t try to guilt a player into signing, like, “Come on, dude, I drove here from Philly!” Don’t try to use your child as a reason to sign, like, “Come on, man, sign for my three-year-old son! It would mean everything to him!” Be respectful. Be polite. And say thanks. I think that generally works best.
  • The postgame scene at the Tiki Pavilion at Bright House Field in left field is great. That’s a must.
  • If you have any other questions or think I missed something — there are plenty of other good places to eat in Clearwater – let me know.
  • Need something to read while you’re on the beach? Read below!

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Moyer to Rehab in Clearwater

Jamie Moyer is giving baseball one more shot.

He is going to be continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery at the Phillies’ Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies have not signed Moyer to a contract, so he remains a free agent, but he asked the Phillies if he could use their facilities.

“We’re providing him our space in Clearwater and our expertise,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Moyer, 48, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts in 2010 before he injured his left elbow in July. He tried to rehab the injury without surgery, but it did not go as planned. He had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in December.

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A Semi-Handy Clearwater Guide

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Phillies fans will start filling Bright House Field on Sunday, when the Phillies play the New York Yankees.

First time in Clearwater? Been here a bunch already?

Here are a few personal recommendations:

  • If you are coming to Clearwater, try to stay near the beach. Why? Are you really asking me why?
  • A spring training tradition is breakfast at Lenny’s, which is a short walk (an even shorter drive) from the ballpark. Everything there is good. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
  • Another spring training tradition is a stop at one of the four Frenchy’s restaurants. Famous for their grouper sandwiches, although generally everything they serve is excellent. Frenchy’s Rockaway is on the beach, and has a good atmosphere at night and on the weekends. If you want to see some ballscribes in person, try Frenchy’s Original. South Beach Cafe is across the street from the beach. Salt Water is good, too. A good, relaxed beach vibe at every one.
  • My personal favorite place to eat in Clearwater? Island Way Grill. Probably the trendiest place near the beach — I snuck in there once with a disguise — but I think the food is very good.
  • Like sushi? Kiku is right around the corner from Frenchy’s Original.
  • Like Italian? There is Villa Gallace on Indian Rocks Beach and Cesare’s (never been to Cesare’s, but have heard good things from a few people).
  • Looking for places to go after dinner on Clearwater beach? There is Frenchy’s Rockaway, Palm Pavilion, Kelly’s Beach Bar and Shephard’s. (I heard Shephard’s is good on Sundays, although I’ve honestly never been.) There are other places down by St. Pete beach and in Tampa, obviously, but I’m sticking with Clearwater beach here.
  • If you’re in town during the NCAA tournament, Tilted Kilt is across the street from the ballpark and has a bunch of TVs.
  • Looking to blow some coin on a big steak dinner? Bern’s in Tampa is a good choice. Make sure to get dessert.
  • One place I still haven’t tried, but have heard good things about is Salt Rock Grill, which is south of Clearwater beach. If anybody goes, tell me what you think.
  • Everybody always asks about autographs. The only advice I can give is stand along the third-base line and hope for the best. Another piece of advice: If you’re an adult, it’s best to act like one. Don’t try to guilt a player into signing, like, “Come on, dude, I drove here from Philly!” Don’t try to use your child as a reason to sign, like, “Come on, man, sign for my three-year-old son! It would mean everything to him!” Be respectful. Be polite. And say thanks. I think that generally works best.
  • The postgame scene at the tiki pavilion in left field is great. That’s a must.
  • If you have any other questions — there are plenty of other good places to eat in Clearwater — let me know. I’ll try to help.

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50 Days in Clearwater

Luggage1.jpgIt’s good to see people already finding the blog. From what I’m told, we’re going to be rolling out the beat writer blogs en masse later this week (i.e. they’ll be featured more prominently on team pages, etc.). Until then, spread the word.

I’m flying to Clearwater tomorrow morning and I’ll back in the baseball routine Friday before pitchers and catchers report Saturday. But right now I’m trying to get my life in order before I leave. And pack. That’s no easy task.

Yes, I’m in Clearwater the entire time, so I’ll be blogging from Feb. 12 through April 2, when the Phillies play their last Grapefruit League game. Check here regularly for news, notes, analysis and shenanigans. You know, the usual stuff.

I’m still trying to learn the blogging software, too, so hang with the hiccups. I’ll get through them. I promise.

I just realized that I’ll be in Clearwater for 50 days.

Not bad, huh?

Grouper sandwiches at Frenchy’s. Breakfast at Lenny’s. Sushi at Kiku. Island Way Grill. Palm Pavilion.

That said, I’ll miss my bed.

(But I am bringing the Wii.)

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