Team Canada Feels The Chill

Another chilly day in Florida today where Team Canada went down in flames against the World Champions; final score, 9-2.  Thumbnail image for P3046122.JPGThis is what happens when you stock your team with guys named…well, see for yourself: 

 
You can’t make this stuff up.  So many jokes…so little time.  What were his parents thinking?  And the Canadian team was also made up of guys like Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau of the Twins and this kid…the littlest Canadian:

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Maybe he is Stubby Jr.?   Well, Stairs and Morneau aside, it is no wonder Team Canada struggled against the Phillies.

Anyway, before the game, John Mayberry Sr., former Kansas City Royal, and father of new Phillie, John Mayberry Jr., wandered over to say hello to Charlie Manuel and the gang.  He was a proud papa today, watching his son move closer to making the 25-man roster.  Mayberry Jr. smacked another home run and went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI on the homer.  If Mayberry keeps this pace up, it will be difficult to send him to the minors come April.

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Cole Hamels made his first start of spring training today and pitched 2 innings, giving up 2 hits and a walk.  He started off looking a bit shaky, but settled in and did not allow any runs.  Scott Eyre also pitched an inning and was much sharper than his last outing.  Eyre sent them down in order, striking out 2 batters.  Below, you will see Hamels, Eyre and Greg Dobbs sliding into 2nd; Dobbs, who went 1 for 4, also made an amazing solo double play during the game; he made a diving grab, threw himself at 1st base, sliding forward to tag the bag with his glove before the runner could get back.  Nicely done :O)

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Rookie Jason Donald had a rough day, and has been having a less than spectacular spring at the plate overall.  Today he went 0 for 3.  Donald is getting a lot of playing time to see if he can handle 3rd base should they need him to step in for Pedro Feliz, who is still recovering from back surgery.  But Donald seems to be pressing at the plate and is not producing so far.  Andy Tracy tried to cheer him up after he exited the game today…you will also see Lou Marson fouling off a pitch and Miguel Cairo sliding into home:

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As for the competition for the back-up catchers position, Chris Coste has only made one start so far due to a hamstring injury, which is giving Ronny Paulino an opportunity to snag the job.  Paulino has not been too impressive, which is good news for Coste, but he’ll need to get back on the field if he is going to keep the job.  Coste did take batting practice today and looked solid, so it looks like he should be up and running soon. 

And now for the Photo of the Day – Chase Utley warming up for batting practice; take a look at the reflection in his sunglasses:P3045954.JPG

The Phillies will take on Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Team USA tomorrow at 12:05pm!

 

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12 Comments

You’ve always got to love a proud papa!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Stubby Clapp!?!? Now there’s a name sure to generate some jokes. I just can’t think of them right now – I think the cold affected my brain cells.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Oh yeah – and how on earth did you get that close to Utley to get such sharpness in the reflection?
Sue (again)

During BP, he was standing about 3 feet from me…I hang out by the dugout before the game…I know the usher in that section :O)

Awesome pictures!!

-Fran

http://southbroadst.mlblogs.com/

Yeah, great pix, Jenn. (I’m still trying to get over the one with you in the shark tank.)

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Shark tank? You were in a shark tank?
Team USA has a guy named JJ Putz. I’m sure he’ll get some ribbing up in Toronto.
Canuck

Yup…see shark tank video here: http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/as_the_weather_turns.html
JJ Putz does have it pretty bad too…oh, these crazy parents!

Wow. So much red on this entry. Makes me want to go outside and run and skip and shout! Who you rooting for? USA or Philly?
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

USA did a bit better
http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

Love the photos…what type of camera do you use?

The camera is an Olympus E-510 digital 35mm with the new 3/4 lens system (lightweight, but powerful); Normally, I use the 80mm-300mm Zuiko lens for baseball; was gonna get the new Canon, but mine has image stabilization, a self-slean system and a bunch of other features the Canon was lacking. Plus, Olympus was way cheaper…weird. My sister-in-law has the Canon D-20; she paid like 4x’s more and mine works just as well. :O) Thanks for the comments!

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