Relief washed over me as I read the news that Gary Sheffield is NOT coming to Philly. Whew! Instead, he will be hanging with our rival New York Mets and frankly, that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :O) For various reasons I mentioned earlier this week, I was not happy about the prospects of the problem-child Sheffield joining our currently relaxed and serene Phillies clubhouse. Sheffield is at best a distraction and at worst the destroyer of all things peaceful; he should fit right in with the Mets ;O) You have to wonder though; did the Phillies fake interest in Sheffield just to get the Mets to take him? Hmmmm…
I am also Happ-Y today because JA Happ has made the 25-man roster as a relief pitcher; the boy pitched his butt off this spring and deserved a spot. Jack Taschner, recently acquired from the Giants, will fill the last bullpen spot. That means there is no room left at the inn for Gary Majewski, who will start the year in the minors.
The Phillies are currently in the 3rd inning against the Rays in pre-season action; score is 1-0, Rays, thanks to a
Pat Burrell RBI single. The Phillies honored Burrell’s previous 9-year run with the Phillies today by handing out a commemorative Burrell photo to all fans in attendance and they also showed a Burrell tribute video before the start of the game. I have yet to see the video, but will try to get my hands on it eventually. Nice move by the Phils all around. Burrell will also be in attendance on Wednesday for the World Series Ring Ceremony!
There is one game left in this On Deck Series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05pm and then, it is on to the real thing Sunday night!
(Photos by Jenn)
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