Charlie Manuel bestowed the honor of Opening Day starter on Brett Myers for the second year in a row. This is to the surprise of many, as Cole Hamels seemed to be the incumbent #1, but I pose the question- does it really matter? Brett Myers and Cole Hamels each have top of the rotation stuff, so I don't think of Myers as the go-to-guy or Hamels has the runner-up, rather view it as we have two #1.5 starters and it makes sense to have Myers go first (right) followed by Hamels (left) then Kendrick (right) then Moyer (left) then whatever trash we throw out their for the 5th spot. Prepare yourself- this is one of those rare occasions where I understand Manuel's reasoning and agree with it...mark this date.
I'm not sure the general public knows this, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are pretty bad. Despite the Buccos' propensity for sucking and housing underwhelming players, the Phils have decided to give shelter to yet another one of their castoffs. Earlier in the offseason the Phils took in Shane Youman, and now have blessed us with Ray Olmedo. A veteran of 5 seasons with the Reds and Blue Jays, Olmedo has appeared in 198 games playing 2B, SS, and 3B compiling a .228 average and .569 OPS. He won't make the 25-man roster, but he is only 26 years old and will serve as depth for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (*added bonus, this makes Ray a semi-Phucco). To make room on the 40-man roster, super prospect John Ennis has been designated for assignment...and to think he had so much promise.
The rain put the kybosh on a Florida State trouncing of the Phillies last night...thank goodness, that could have been very embarrassing for our Phightin's. Kidding aside, Joe Savery was pretty disappointed about not getting the opportunity to shine in front of the Phils supposed Opening Day lineup which was set to play behind him. Now we move on to the real Grapefruit League action against some Major League competition, or at least of bunch of guys wearing Reds' uniforms who could some day maybe make a brief appearances in the Bigs. Grand Pappy Moyer gets the thrill of throwing the Phils first official pitch of spring training (like he hasn't done that 289 times before) and will be followed by Travis Blackley, Clay Condrey, Carlos Carrasco and Ryan Madson.