TAMPA BAY _ It’s not very often you have the chance to see both defending league champions in the same day, so color me fortunate. I’m currently at the Phillies-Florida State game in Clearwater after catching the Yankees-Pirates game at Tampa in the afternoon.
The Phillies are taking on the chin against the Seminoles, trailing 5-0 in the middle of the third. Phillippe Aumont gave up a three-run, albeit wind-aided bomb, to Stuart Tapley, which can’t make those who were against the Cliff Lee trade very happy. If this keeps up, you wonder where Jay Jaffe will have FSU in the first Prospectus Hit List. Many times, the regulars won’t play in the exhibition games against college teams but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel played all his starters with JA Happ on the mound.
Speaking of Manuel, his players like to call him “Big Chuck.” However, a better nickname would be “Normal-sized Chuck.” He has lost 56 pounds in the last year and now weighs in
It was a classic spring training moment in Tampa when Colin Curtis, a guy wearing No. 98, hit a three-run walk-off home run off Virgil Vasquez — Eric Seidman’s best friend in baseball — to give the Yankees a 6-3 victory. Meanwhile, the competition for the Yankees’ fifth starter’s spot started out with Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves each pitching two innings. Manager Joe Girardi insists that those three have the same chance as the most hyped pitcher of the 21st century, Joba Chamberlain, and Phil Hughes. We’ll see.
And for those interested in the government scene, Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf says he would consider going back to Washington next winter following his much-publicized internship with the Department of Agriculture in the offseason. This time, Ohlendorf is thinking about pursuing opportunties that have arose with various House committees.