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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8 Comments

Looks like you had a blast! A few years ago we took our boys to swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove in Florida. It is something we will never forget.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Wow. Was that really you in the video, Jenn? You couldn’t get me near a shark if you paid me! Very courageous of you.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Well your sure brave! I could never do that! Looks like you had fun. Glad you still have your fingers and toes..they could come in handy some day :)
I sure hope nothing serious comes from that soreness that Brad, Jayson, and Chad have.
And if you get a chance, could you check out my new blog? I’m new at this and all help is greatly appreciated :) Thanks.

http://goodgamesandcuteplayers.mlblogs.com

Looks like a ton of fun

http://southbroadst.mlblogs.com/

Yes, it is really me…I LOVE scuba diving…and oddly, I fear very little. I’ve played with snakes, tarantulas, bats, etc… Doesn’t phase me. But bugs do creep me out a bit… there had to be something, right? :O)

Jealous! Wish I could go see some of these games. So, is that a good line for Park or not?
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Congrats on being #14 on the latest Leader’s List!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

It’s about average for Park…the 4 hits concern me more than the homer, but still pretty good.

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