Live from Clearwater

autograph_250.jpgFor the first time this Spring, YESNetwork.com is heading into “enemy” territory as we go to Clearwater, Fla., to cover today’s Yankees game against the Phillies. Keep checking back here for a diary of today’s events.

9:30 a.m.
The Phillies’ Spring Training complex is truly amazing. This place is top notch, as are the Phillies staff. Very accommodating.

10 a.m.
Phillies batting practice originally appeared just like every other MLB BP. Then Ryan Howard stepped to the dish. With the batting donut still on his stick, he managed to whack the ball to all fields. Very impressive.

10:30 a.m.
The Yankees make their way out of the clubhouse for the first time. Fans nearly trample themselves in an attempt to secure autographs. Looks like we might get some rain.

bruney_150.jpg10:35 a.m.
Chris Shearn just interviewed Nick Swisher. It was a fun piece that talked about loosening up the clubhouse. Brian Bruney messed with Swisher during the Q&A session. Look for the video later today.

10:52 a.m.

YesNetwork.com’s Jim Kaat
makes his way onto the field to watch Phillies BP. Having Kaat here
clearly surprised Joe Girardi, who made a beeline to see his old buddy.
The two men are currently having a conversation with Philadelphia
manager Charlie Manuel.

10:55 a.m.
The oft-comical Nick Swisher joked with hitting coach Kevin Long: “Hey, Long is here. [Derek] Jeter must be coming back.” Both men shared a healthy chuckle over the funny comment.

Today’s lineup
Melky Cabrera CF
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Xavier Nady RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Cody Ransom 3B
Jose Molina C
Ramiro Pena SS

Pitching rotation: Brett Tomko, Dave Robertson, Jon Albaladejo, Dan Giese and Brian Bruney.

11:20 p.m.
Jim Kaat just agreed to do a live chat on YESNetwork.com during the first game at the new Yankee Stadium. He will be fielding your questions while the Cubs and Yankees christen the new home in the Bronx on April 3.

11:45 a.m.
Yankees continue to take BP as the rain starts to come down pretty hard.

12:06 p.m.
1206.jpgThe Yankees bolt off the field as the grounds crew put the tarp on the field. Looks like we might not get any baseball today.

12:28 p.m.
The sun looks like it wants to come out, but the clouds appear to be winning this war. We’ll keep you updated.

gcrew.jpg1:08 p.m.
The crowd erupts as the grounds crew takes the tarp off the field. Projected game time: 1:45 p.m.

1:29 p.m.
For those who care, it looks like the Phillies use Hooters girls as their ball girls down the lines … gives the gentlemen something to look at in between innings. We’ll try to get a photo of them in action once the game starts.

1:46 p.m.
First pitch. Game time temp: a chilly 66 degrees. Chris Shearn will have inning-by-inning analysis of the game. Check it out here. But also stay here on YES Blog for additional analysis from Bright House Field.

2:01 p.m.
Turns out Hooters is a major sponsor of this stadium. In addition to having their famed owl logo all over the place, there is a special Hooters dining area, hosted by the girls in orange, Adrienne, Ashley and Liz. (game analysis)

2:22 p.m.
A mild “hip, hip, Jorge” chant gets going from the Yankees faithful that made their way to the Phillies complex. It’s amazing how many Yankees fans made the trip. Although, the Yankees Spring Training complex is only about 25 minutes away. (game analysis)

2:26 p.m.
Rain drops.

2:40 p.m.
As was the case with his first at bat, Chien-Ming Wang is as far away from the plate as possible, with zero intention of swinging the bat. Very amusing. (game analysis)

lmdeal.jpg2:43 p.m.
Similar to minor league games, the Phillies have some entertainment in between innings. One lucky fan just chose “box No. 3” during a Let’s Make a Deal game. She won a Chase Utley autographed baseball and a Phillies hat. Pretty cool.

3:09 p.m.
Wang goes down looking again. Watching him not swing in the box is simply hilarious … he’s obviously being told not to swing. The Yanks don’t want him on the basepaths in a Spring Training game. (game analysis)

3:16 p.m.
Wang leaves the game to a nice ovation. Brian Bruney in. We interviewed Bruney earlier today, he said he’s excited to have his own personal clown in the clubhouse (Nick Swisher). (game analysis)

3:19 p.m.
More rain. Fans are starting to make their way to drier ground.

3:25 p.m.
The rain is clearly impacting the batters. Raul Ibanez had his bat slip out of his hands twice in an at bat. The first time it happened, Mark Teixeira ran like he never ran before in an attempt to get out of the way. Luckily, he did. The bat ended up in shallow right field.

stands.jpg3:46 p.m.
Typical Florida – the rain has ceased (almost). But most of the fans have already made their way to the exit. The once-packed Bright House Field is emptying quickly here in the bottom of the 7th. Phillies lead 8-2. (game analysis)

4:02 p.m.
The Phillies announce that today’s game is a sellout of 9,394 fans.

4:15 p.m.
Brett Gardner flies to left to end the game. Phillies win 8-3. Thanks for reading. And a special thank you goes out to the Phillies for their amazing hospitality. Finally, sorry no Hooters photos. They weren’t in their usual Hooters garb anyway, due to the poor weather.

11 Comments

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA!?!?!?!?

THE HOME OF SCIENTOLOGY!?!?!?!?

Be careful.

And go Yanks!

Thanks urbanshawk. We’ll keep an eye out for L. Ron Hubbard.

Hey guys, just want to say you do an incredible job of keeping us fans up here in NY up to date with everything Yankees down there in Tampa. I can’t believe I JUST realized you guys were down there two days ago. I’ve been in dire need of this type of Yankee coverage all spring. I was actually down there from March 7 through the 10th, what a great atmosphere. Anyway, hope we play today!

Thanks, Michael. We appreciate the compliment.

Yeah, I’m always searching the web from Yankees.com to Newsday’s website and the New York post, nobody covers the Yankees this time of year like you guys. Anyway whats the prospect of us playing today? Not looking good?

Sun’s starting to come out, Michael. Really depends on how the field looks. We’ll let you know.

Any thoughts when Jeter will join camp???

Hawaii fan checking in. Go Yanks.

Aloha, yankeexx.

Aloha to you too. btw there’s a lot of snow here in Hawaii specifically on the Big Island where I’m from…so..it’s brrrrrr over here.
Proof positive..
http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/current/cams/index.cgi?mode=multi&size=large&show_unavail=no

I was wondering the same thing as when Jeter will re-join the team and when he will see some game action.

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