For the Love of Spring Training

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you baseball lovers! We certainly hope you’re showing the love today – including for your Phillies.

Now, we know everyone in the northeast feels like this right about now:

But keep this in mind: The Phillies are back under the sunny skies of Clearwater. And, more importantly, they’re ready to get back to work.

Pitchers and catchers had their first official  workout yesterday but that didn’t stop over 40 Phillies who play all over the baseball diamond to arrive in camp much earlier than that. Maybe it was cabin fever from all the snow we’ve had this winter or maybe it was the eagerness to get back on the field. Whatever the reason, we’re excited to see them warming up together, working with the Phils coaching staff and spring training instructors, including Roy Halladay and Brad Lidge, and preparing for games to begin in just a little over a week and a half.

In an effort to break you from your winter storm/nor’easter/seasonal depression doldrums (we feel it too), here are some photos taken from the workouts yesterday. We hear that being exposed to sunlight helps? Wonder if it works through a computer screen…let’s try it out.

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Sweet sunshine and blue skies on a baseball field = happiness.

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Now that’s a bullpen.

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Utley brushing dirt off his cleats > snow boots and shoveling.

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Run, run as fast as you can…

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Ryno’s first Spring Training as a manager must feel pretty good.

Feel better? Awesome. It sure put us in a good mood!

Want more? Well, OK. Check out our Phillies Facebook page for the #PhilsSpring Week 1 album.

Tweet of the Week

After the nor’easter business of yesterday, this photo was a welcome sight. Thanks J-Roll.

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One Phinal Note

We wanted to take a moment to honor the memory of Jim Fregosi, a man who will not soon be forgotten.

Here are just a few quotes from Jim’s former players that reveal what kind of manager and man he was.

“Jim Fregosi will be deeply missed in the baseball world. Joni and the rest of the family are in our prayers. Fregos, was the best manager I’ve ever played for. Our relationship was so special….and he was the one that taught me how to be a leader. Fregos and I could relate to each other whether we were in the clubhouse or on the field. In 1993 The City of Brotherly Love changed the world…..Fregos was the driving force!!! – Darren Daulton

“Jim Fregosi was not only one of the most respected men in baseball, he was a great man. He was a player’s manager. He had that special gift as a manager that made you want to get to the field and play your ass off for him. Jim Fregosi was the reason that 1993 was one of the most exciting years in Philadelphia sports history.” – Lenny Dykstra

“Jimmy was the perfect manager for our team. He knew exactly when to leave us alone and exactly when to jump our asses when it was needed…and along the way he became our friend.” – John Kruk

“Jimmy was the best manger I ever had the honor of playing for. He was a man who was happy every time in ever saw him. My career was less than spectacular, but would have even been more mediocre if not for Jim. The word that defines him best is trust! He trusted everyone to do their jobs. I was a manager’s nightmare, but Jim trusted that I would get the job done. He made all his players better because his trust gave us confidence. He would hand me the ball in the 9th and go up the tunnel and smoke and say let me know when it’s over.  He trusted me. He once said that ‘Mitch doesn’t have an ulcer, but he is definitely a carrier.’ I loved Jimmy and his wife Joni. They both lived to be happy. I can’t express the sorrow I feel for Joni, and Jimmy’s 5 kids. He was like a father to me, and I was just a player. I can only imagine the kind of father he was to his own kids.” – Mitch Williams

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Awesome photos, but can you cut down on the pixels? I have one of the fastest computers Dell makes and it still took a minute to upload.

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