Sunday March 22, 2009 Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies 1:05pm
Another sunny warm day in Florida. I’m nursing a mean sunburn from Friday’s game. Got to the park early today and had breakfast watching the morning warmups. Then I took a ballpark tour. John Henry’s suite is nice and all, but I would rather watch a game down in the dugout where I can actually see it. Up in a bird’s nest way up high, you may as well watch it on tv. By the way, he has lots of them up there in his suite. I sat in Jerry Remy’s chair to catch a similar view, then went over to the press room where I met Alex Speier (I hope I spelled that right). He told me Beckett was pitching, and I almost kissed him!! So then I went down to tour the dugouts and field and practice fields, and I literally ran into Brian Daubach in full Camo baseball gear. He was in town with his team from Nashua NH and some celebs to play a 7-inning game with the Sox for charity. I peeked in to see the catchers warming-up (Varitek,Brown and Kottaras) but the mean old guys in security wouldn’t let me stay long. On the way out of there, I passed Wakefield, Lester (who is very tan and has a new goatee), Papelbon and Buchholz going in to practice and play. Not being allowed to tour the locker room, I sadly walked over to my dugout seats and watched BP for both teams. I briefly met Chris Carter and Dusty Brown (BIG blue eyes) while watching Youkilis swing. By the way, Youk did great – no pain.
The Sox were great. Josh pitched and Tek caught…..what more could anyone ask for on a warm Sunday afternoon? The Red Sox wore their Home Whites in the game, they will only do that one more time against the Twins on Saturday March 28th. I was a bit disappointed that Shane Victorino did not play for the Phillies. At games end, we won 3 to 0.
The 2007 World Champions shut out the 2008 World Champions !!
I really have to give a shout out to the Phillies fans, they were a really classy bunch.
Another attendance record broken, another sellout !! John Henry must be very pleased.
Enjoy the photos. And a big hello to Sean McAdam.
Back to the cold March days in New England.It seemed like yesterday that the hot sun was on me and I was watching the Boys of Summer while sipping an ice cold lemonade and cheering my heart out from my dugout seats at City of Palms Park.It was yesterday!!
Arrived in sunny Florida on the 1st day of spring (Vernal Equinox) and scored an upgrade in my car rental. Drove straight to City of Palms Park so I could catch BP and team warm-ups for some great photos.We all cheered in the concrete shade as the woman wrote in the day’s lineup on the wall. Excellent!! Went back to my seat and met Michael Bowden and Daniel Bard. For all the fans who watched the St.Patrick’s Day game on tv, the Leprechan who was in Jerry’s booth…works at the park !!
Pedroia and Youkilis and Drew and Papi were all in great form at Batting Practice. Youk did not play until Monday though. I was excited to see Brandon Moss play,even though he was on the opposing team. He was such a good kid, not his fault he was traded so they could get rid of Manny. Clay Buchholz was great on Friday,he seems to have a lot more confidence now,and more power to his pitches too. Varitek’s stance is different now,less movement,more hits…great!! JD Drew was hit in the wrist by a pitch and had to leave the game. Later on in the game when the kids came in for the veterans,Kottaras was on fire. Some older guy in the stands got hit in the head by a ball,and had to be taken out by ambulance. Final score was Red Sox 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 4.
I noticed that Terry Francona was not at the game and thought it was strange. Turns out that he was in Quantico, VA. to watch his son graduate from the U.S. Marine Corps. Officer Candidate School. Congrats to the Francona family.
City of Palms park sold out 83 straight games as of Friday and keeps breaking attendance records daily.