Let The Games Begin

27 Feb

“I would rather beat the Yankees regularly than pitch a no-hit game (against anyone else.)”

Cleveland Indians Pitcher Bob Feller


I know many players and fans who would agree.  So what better way to start off the Phillies official Spring Training schedule than with a win against those  Yankees that Hall of Famer Bob Feller so loved to beat.  And even though by the end of the game, there were no players on the field for either team likely to be there on Opening Day, as Larry Anderson so aptly said, “If you have to be on one side, you might as well be on the winning one.”

While there were no major headlines,  here are some of my random thoughts from the day:

At the risk of sounding like a complete homer, the YES Network has nothing on                   Comcast Sportsnet.

You could have stuffed at least 2 1/2 Cole Hamels  in the uniform worn by Yankees            starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.

It was interesting to see Ben Francisco and Dominic Brown back-to-back in the batting      order as they are likely fighting for the same right field slot.  Francisco                                  won the battle yesterday with a triple, a walk, and a run scored.

We listened to Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen for most of the game.  My favorite          LA moment was when asked by Scott what he did in the  off-season Larry said                      that he got a new puppy.   “A rottweiler, right?,” Scott asked him.  “No, a shih tzu,”              Larry replied sheepishly, “named Lexi.”  I love the visual of a 6’3″ Larry                                Andersen with a 9 pound fluffy white shih tzu.

Although I would have liked to see more of the Phils’ starters, I’m assuming                          Charlie’s saving them for tonight’s home opener.

It sounds like Chase Utley’s muscles will keep him out of the  line-up again tonight.            Does anyone else think this is starting to sound very strange?  Hasn’t anybody heard of      good old-fashioned BenGay over there?

So game one is behind us and perhaps my favorite moment of all came at the end when Scott Franzke said, “Thanks for listening everyone.  We hope you’ll be back here with us again tomorrow.”

Don’t worry Scott.  We’ll be there.  We sure will.

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2 Responses to “Let The Games Begin”

  1. Marlyn February 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Many fans are going to be out to beat the phils
    and that killer pitching
    the new Yankees?

  2. girlsbestphriend February 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    I was afraid someone would say that!!

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