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Phillies vs. Pirates – Grapefruit League opener

mckechnie field.jpgThere’s baseball in Bradenton, and I must say there is a good collection of Phillies fans here.

I’m eager to see what kind of crowd is at Bright House Field tomorrow.

Here are a couple pregame notes from McKechnie Field:

- John Daly joined the Phillies yesterday during their annual golf outing.

- Pedro Feliz said in Clearwater that he feels good, but isn’t sure when he will start swinging a bat.

- Ruben Amaro Jr. said it’s “not out of the realm of possibility” the Phillies could keep three catchers on their 25-man roster as they try to figure out how badly they need another righthanded bat for their bench. Amaro wouldn’t say the possibilities for Nomar Garciaparra are dead, but he said “if I were to handicap this thing I would say less than 50 percent.” And lefthanded relievers like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? “Still open,” Amaro said. “But nothing has changed there.” Amaro said a few days ago those relievers would have to accept a very modest salary (i.e. less than $1 million) to join the Phillies.

- Raul Ibanez knocked in Jimmy Rollins from second base with a single to left-center field with two outs in the third inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

- Jamie Moyer threw two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and two walks, and struck out one. Joe Blanton has started the bottom of the third.

- What did I miss? The clubhouse is open during spring training games, which means I was in the clubhouse talking with Moyer when the Pirates scored four runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth inning. Joe Bisenius allowed four runs and Scott Nestor allowed three runs each in an inning.

- John Mayberry knocked in a run with a single to left in the ninth.

- Phillies lose, 8-2. Jeremy Slayden went 2 for 2. Dave Borkowski, Jake Woods and Mike Koplove each threw a scoreless inning.

(Yes, I took that crummy picture from the press box.)

Nash vs. Howard?

kevin nash.jpgAnother sign that things are just a little bit different after a World Series championship …

Professional wrestler Kevin Nash showed up at Bright House Field this morning to interview the players. TNA Wrestling apparently is hosting a pay-per-view event next month in Philadelphia, so these interviews lead up to it.

Nash is a big dude.

Huge.

In fact, Ryan Howard stood next to him and Howard looked probably how I look when I stand next to Howard.

“He’s a pretty big guy,” Manuel said. “I talked to (bench coach) Pete Mackanin. I might want to replace Pete with Kevin Nash as bench coach. That way I can really be a redneck, hard nosed manager.”

Manuel wasn’t sure who he would send to fight Nash if he had to pick one player from the Phillies clubhouse.

“I’d probably put two or three on him,” Manuel said. “I’d set the rules, too.”

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Pedro Feliz fielded ground balls for the first time.

“Look, he may miss some itme, but it won’t be much,” Manuel said. “Again, he might not miss any. We’ll probably know more about that in another two or three weeks.”

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Marcus Giles worked out primarily at third base. That might be a way for him to make the roster should Feliz not be ready.

Hamels Talks Jinx, Adoption



favre.jpgCole Hamels
(as you can see in a previous post) is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Fortunately for Hamels, he has never heard of the famous SI jinx so he has nothing to worry about.

“As long as I’m not on a Madden cover anytime soon, then I’m happy,” he said today at Bright House Field.

Hamels is living the life these days. He’s happily married. He’s a millionaire. He’s World Series MVP. He’s appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Ellen.

He’s not quite Tom Brady, but he’s a hell of a lot closer than I’ll ever be.

One very interesting thing in the SI story is that Cole and his wife Heidi plan to adopt an AIDS orphan from Ethiopia, maybe two. Looks like they’re trying to make an impact with their fame and fortune.

“I know it’s a very tough situation to be in, but my wife kind of always had that inside of her,” Hamels said. “I’ve always been someone to give back to anything. I think it’s going to be a real fun experience for us. It’s a grueling process we have to go through to see if we’re fit parents. If I can bring a kid into this life and provide for somebody that doesn’t have everything that is involved with growing up and provide better ammeneties … it’s about trying to help someone out.”

Plenty of players in the Phillies clubhouse are fathers, so Hamels can ask plenty of questions.

“The person I’ll talk to the most is Jamie (Moyer),” he said. “If he can have seven kids and still be a tremendous athlete and play as long as he has, he’s been able to do it right. So I’ll take any information he has to give me. But first and foremost I’ll just observe the way he is. He’s a quality guy. If I can have a career like him and be a father like him, I think I’ll die a happy man.”

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Charlie Manuel is expected to rejoin the team tomorrow. He attended Ted Uhlaender‘s funeral today.

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Pedro Feliz participated in a couple fielding drills, but did not take ground balls or throw.

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Chase Utley is meeting with reporters tomorrow morning to update everybody on his right hip.

Burrell Makes Some Adjustments

Pat Burrell is in Tampa Bay Rays camp, and the former Phillies leftfielder talked about the adjustments he is facing.

One of those adjustments is being a DH.

“I haven’t done a whole lot of it,” Burrell said. “I’m trying to talk to as many guys as I can about that, trying to get the right mind-set. The whole deal is getting comfortable. Spring Training is a good time for that. And I haven’t spoken to [Rays manager] Joe [Maddon] too much about it. But it looks like that’s what I’m going to be doing most of my time. It’s something I’ve got to work on and get comfortable with.”

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The Phillies completed their first full squad workout today. Charlie Manuel said Chase Utley has moved past Pedro Feliz in terms of being ready for Opening Day. Utley is taking fielding practice and taking swings off the practice tee. Feliz is doing neither, but could be throwing in a few days.

The uncertainty surrounding Utley and Feliz means camp should be especially interesting for Eric Bruntlett, Jason Donald, Marcus Giles and Miguel Cairo. Only Bruntlett is guaranteed a spot on the team, but the other three could be needed to fill the void if Utley and/or Feliz aren’t ready to start the season.

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Manuel won’t be at tomorrow’s workout. He’s flying to Colorado to attend the funeral of Giants scout Ted Uhlaender. They played together in the Minnesota Twins organization.

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Mike Schmidt is in camp, and will meet with reporters tomorrow morning.

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The Phillies are being fitting for tuxedo’s tomorrow for a photo shoot Friday with the World Series trophy. The photo will appear in Phillies magazine.

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Here’s an entertaining exchange between Larry Bowa and Brad Penny.

Feliz's Back

Full squad workouts begin tomorrow at the Carpenter Complex, but all 64 players have reported to camp.

Jimmy Rollins was the last to arrive to the Bright House Field clubhouse this morning, just minutes after Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino.

Pedro Feliz also arrived. He said he feels good after having surgery on his lower back in November. He has not swung a bat since he his game-winning single in Game 5 of the World Series, but said he expects to begin hitting and fielding soon.

“I’ve just been doing exercises and throwing,” Feliz said.

But Feliz said he expects to be ready by Opening Day. In fact, while the Phillies have been cautiously optimistic that Chase Utley could be ready to play the Braves on April 5 at Citizens Bank Park, they seem more certain about Feliz.

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