My guess is you can count, but for those of you who are stuck amid the heaps of snow piling up around you, it’s just a pleasant reminder. Phillies pitchers and catchers report for duty on February 13, with their first workout the following day in Clearwater, Florida. That’s 16 days from now.
At that time, it will be bright and sunny on the left coast of Florida while snow is still piled up in your yard. However, the warming feeling of baseball finally restarting will be a pleasant distraction from Mother Nature’s firm clutch on the entire country.
As far as story lines go, they won’t be abundant. The Phillies will once again resume the role of the NL’s most impressive team. Only a few questions remain:
- Will Joe Blanton stick around?
- Where do Kyle Kendrick/Vance Worley fit in?
- Who’s in right field?
- Will the Phillies extend Charlie Manuel?
- Can a Phillies prospect break into the bullpen with a regular role?
Were just 16 days away from enjoying the sights and sounds of Spring Training. Try not to go too crazy until then.