Day 1 in Clearwater (With Pictures!)

13 Feb

Thumbnail image for photo 3(4).JPGphoto 5.JPGphoto 1(5).JPGphoto 1(4).JPGphoto 5(2).JPGphoto 4(4).JPGThumbnail image for photo 3(5).JPGThumbnail image for photo 2(5).JPGThumbnail image for photo 4(3).JPGI scoured the internet and pulled together a bunch of pictures just for you.  Loving the smiles on Cliff Lee’s face, and really loving the one of Ryan Madson
in the Lidge t-shirt.  the pitchers were not supposed to throw today
but apparently they were just so excited to get started that a few games
of catch took place before lunch.

Kinda looks to me like Joe Blanton
has lost a little weight.  Hopefully all this talk of the Four Aces
hasn’t brought depression and anorexia.  Seriously though, it’s nice to
see him showing up looking more fit.  There is a little bit of news
regarding Joe.  Rich Dubee told the media today that there isn’t
going to be a competition for the fifth starters spot.  The job is Joe
Blantons. 

So what does that news mean to the rest of the pitchers?  This means that Kyle Kendrick is a sure thing for the
bullpen.  Dubee also said that as exciting as the Phillies starting
rotation is not to get too caught up in all the hype because the Phils
need to play 162 games. 

While we’re on the subject of the bullpen let’s say a few words about Chad Durbin.  I barked at a fellow blogger to day John Shields from The State of the Phillies because I know he’s sad that Chad wasn’t resigned.  Hopefully he’s still speaking to me…. But let’s be honest.  There are a bunch of arms that need to be tested in our farm system.  We can’t keep this team young, and frankly we can’t afford to keep resigning all these players. Give Justin De Fratus, Scott Mathison, and the boys a chance to impress.   

Ruben Amaro Jr. told the media that Antonio Bastardo is a little bit behind because he suffered a minor injury while playing in the Dominican Winter Leagues. 

Normally I don’t go crazy with pictures like this but I know that everyone is just really hyped to see these guys tossing. 

Photo Credit to Philly.com and The Crossing Board. 

Enjoy the pictures…  Especially those ones of Cliff because he sure does look happy…. but probably not as happy as us!

OH! I almost forgot… Not that you would have thought anything different, but Roy Halladay will be our Opening Day starter. 

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2 Responses to “Day 1 in Clearwater (With Pictures!)”

  1. fanflyers February 14, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Agree wholeheartedly regarding Durbin. Glad the Phillies, at least for now, have moved on, although hate to see Lidge talking about how he wants the Phils to still get him. I wish they would take the hit and do the same with Baez (and trade Blanton to Toronto) and let Bastardo (WHAT, he is hurt- first time I heard about that) Mathieson, and my darkhorse candidate Michael Stutes, have a shot at the bullpen. Hopefully Durbin signs with someone else soon so we can move on from that topic.

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  2. raysrenegade February 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I love that complex in Clearwater.
    Great shots of the team today.
    By the way, email me and I will send you a list of the MLB Alumni singing at the Rays Fan fest Saturday.
    I think I already told you Von Hayes willbe there.
    Let’s hope Day 2 is just as memorable with a little more pop in thegloves.

    Rays Renegade
    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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