Spring Training Game 33 - Friday Night, March 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 16-16-1
One Sentence Summary: The offense stayed behind in Florida as the Blue Jays squeaked by the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 1-0.
What It Means: One more game to go, and then they all start to count.
What Went Wrong: Phillippe Aumont allowed a first pitch home to J.P. Arencibia to start the fifth inning, and it was the only scoring by either team. Cliff Lee pitched four scoreless innings and struck out five.
Featured Card: I attended this game with my six-year-old son Doug (see Field Report below) and Doug walked to one of the Newstands with me to pick up a Media Guide, the Topps Phillies 17-card team set, and the first edition of the team-issued postcard-sized set. Similar to the last few years, the photos in this initial series are all from Spring Training.
There are 41 cards in the set, and several Phillies (and non-Phillies) receive their first and possibly only Phillies cards. Marking their Phillies cardboard debuts are Mike Adams, Yuniesky Betancourt (now with the Brewers), Ender Inciarte, John Lannan, Humberto Quintero and Delmon Young. I'll have more on the 17-card Topps Phillies set in a future post.
Field Report: Friend o' the blog Peter V. graciously gave us two tickets to last night's On-Deck Series game and we were happy to enjoy the game from his awesome seats in Section 138. It turned out to be a fairly boring game, but Doug was happy to meet new Phillies coach Wally Joyner and former Phillie Tommy Greene prior to the game. Joyner gave us coupons for a free hot dog and soda, while Greene signed a special Phillies Alumni card for Doug. I also took a picture of new Phillie Ben Revere's giant 2011 Topps-style card in Ashburn Alley as part of the night's starting line-up. (Michael Young had a Phillies card too, while Quintero was represented by the generic Citizens Bank Park card.)
It was cold, but Doug stayed warm by devouring a entire box of popcorn and waiting with his glove after every pitch for a foul ball.