Spring Training Game 32 - Thursday Afternoon, March 28th in Clearwater
Record - 16-15-1
One Sentence Summary: All eyes were on Roy Halladay as he appeared in his final spring game and the Phillies downed the Blue Jays, 7-2.
What It Means: The Phillies have two more exhibition games in Philadelphia, but this game marked the end of the Florida portion of Spring Training. In retrospect, that went kind of fast, didn't it?
What Went Right: I watched Halladay's performance on TV and read all about it afterwards. The TV guys were very optimistic about his outing, while everyone else seemed to tag his stuff as "iffy." In 4 1/3 innings, Halladay allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out six. He finished his spring with a 6.06 ERA, which doesn't include the results of the minor league game in which he was pounded, and which also doesn't mean a thing come Monday.
Chase Utley and Laynce Nix both homered for the Phillies.
Featured Card: As I'm wont to do from time to time, I recently spent some quality time over at Checkoutmycards.com, adding a nice stack of 2012 Phillies cards to my collection as well as some older Phillies oddball cards. Honestly, I'm not sure why I feel the need to add the Topps Tribute base cards to my collection every year. The design is completely uninspired, and I'm smart enough to realize that these base cards are nothing but filler for the premium relic and autograph cards to be found in the Triple Threads set. Maybe next year I'll wise up and not feel the need to add these cards to my collection.
Then again, probably not . . .