blogging Phillies baseball and the home of Phillies Talk Podcast by Rich Baxter
blogging Phillies baseball and the home of Phillies Talk Podcast by Rich Baxter

A call to Spring… and Phillies baseball

Ok, it’s finally happened. Something I’ve been wanting to do for years now, and that of course get down to Spring Training and watch the Phils train and play some Grapefruit League baseball. I’ve been down to the complex many times, but never at Spring Training, even the old Phillies complex known as the Carpenter Complex, in the days before the savvy marketing and state of the art stadiums have replaced a by-gone era of ‘old school’ baseball. The days when players didn’t earn much, and the stadiums and the infrastructures aren’t what they are today.

“I’ll be heading to Spring Training 2020 for the first time ever”

Yes, believe it or not, way back in 2008. My wife and I made plans in April to be down in Tampa for vacation in October. We had no idea that the Phillies would be in the World Series that year, we had planned a nice beach getaway vacation at Clearwater Beach in chilly April, and oh, as a sideline, I would be able to go down to the still somewhat ‘new’ digs that the Phillies were playing at a place known then as Brighthouse Field. It’s now called Spectrum Field, in the ever changing game of communications giants.

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Well, we all know how that one turned out. Come October, the Phillies had positioned themselves to be the best of the NL and it came down to one more game to decide the AL Champion. We just happened to be getting into Clearwater Beach the night of the 2007 AL Championship, Boston vs Tampa, in a winner takes all and goes to the World Series.

It was Tampa who won the game, and without a doubt, I was the first fan to wear a red Phillies t-shirt the next morning on the grounds of Tropicana Field, I heard a few comments along the lines of ‘the fans are already here’. Yes, the fans were there, my wife and I going down to check out the stadium where the World Series 2008 would begin.

So I can’t wait to get back down to the Clearwater area to soak in the sun and get watching some great baseball with players like Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Jake Arrieta, manager, Joe Girardi and more. Who will win the spots to go north with the team (well actually they’ll go south with the team since they start off in Miami this year for the March 26th opener.)

I’ll be blogging throughout the trip in mid-March so please stop by the blog and check it out. I plan to get some interviews done down there for the Phillies Talk Podcast – (the original show of course that I started in 2007) – want to help out? Stop over the the blog’s fan’s sponsor page at either: or

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