So far, the mood in Phillies practice has been very upbeat. Shane Victorino was all smiles as he tossed balls to children in the crowd earlier today. Cole Hamels returned to the team, having taken care of his “personal issues” and spirits were high. There are a few story lines causing some stress among the natives , including the battle for the 5th starting position. Kyle Kendrick threw a good session today and Scott Eyre helped him keep the mood light. Either that, or Eyre has mistaken Kendrick for a cute little baby…
Other developing story lines include the competition among the rookies trying to make the team.
Jason Donald, who may replace Chase Utley if he has a setback and is not ready to go for Opening Day, is keeping pace with the big boys. Lou Marson, understanding the team is heavy on catchers, keeps up his hard work in the hopes that he makes an impression for future call-ups. And Mike Cervanek , who made his major league debut last year after 10 years in the minors and independent leagues, has been hustling to get some attention. Cervenak could be the right-handed bat the Phillies need, plus he is able to play 3rd, 2nd and 1st bases. Having been a member of the World Series squad, the coaches already know Cervenak, but this will be a case of perseverance on his part to make the team.
With so many good looking men wandering about the practice fields, it makes you wonder where a few of these guys are getting their hair style advice. Women do seem to love the beard, but Eric Bruntlett may want to consider a trim. It’s hair gone wild! And then in the plain “hair has gone away” category, new Phillie Raul Ibanez may want to consider a new look. Here are a few for him to “try on.”
Only one day left of practice before the games begin on Wednesday; the Phillies will take on the Pirates in Bradenton, FL for the Spring Training opener at 1:05pm. Stay tuned for game coverage!
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