As The Weather Turns
The Phillies took on the Atlanta Braves today in Orlando and won, 7-3. As for me, I was taking the day off from baseball and the crappy weather today…not to mention skipping the 2 hour drive to Orlando. Instead of sitting in the rain, I decided to go scuba diving with sharks and other critters at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. In the video, you will see a lady behind me with a big stick shooing the sharks away as they got too close. The other guy is the dive master – his job was to rescue me should something try to make dinner out of me :O) Happy to say, I still have all my fingers and toes. There were reef sharks, white tips, sand sharks, nurse sharks and others…check it out:
So while I was off tempting fate, the Phillies were braving the nasty weather. It was cold, windy and rainy today, yet the Fightin’s prevailed. Marcus Giles stole the show with 2 hits, 2 steals and 1 RBI; Eric Bruntlett collected 2 hits as well and swiped one bag.
The real fun though was the battle for the 5th starter position which continued today when Chan Ho Park took the mound for 3 innings. Park gave up 4 hits and a solo homer, leaving with a 3.0 ERA and he got the win. Tomorrow both JA Happ and Carlos Carrasco will get their next turn at making a good impression.
A few injuries on the home front: Jayson Werth has not played yet in Spring Training due to what he says was a slow start after a less than productive off-season. Is that a nice way of saying he sat on his butt and ate Ben & Jerry’s for 3 months? Hmmm… Werth is scheduled to start tomorrow; we will see how it goes. I’ll be on the lookout for love handles :O) Brad Lidge and Chad Durbin are also in a holding pattern; Lidge has a sore shoulder and Durbin has a sore right hamstring. I am guessing this is baseball related, not ice cream related. Then again, fill up that spoon and lift…it can be quite tasking.
See you in Dunedin tomorrow; game time 1:05pm vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.
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