This season in Major Leauge Baseball base coaches will be wearing the ear-flapless batting helmets as protection. Starting today down in Flordia, Phils 3rd base coach Steve Smith and 1st base coach Davey Lopes will be attempt to become accustmed to the new feel of plastic on their domes rather than the absorbent soft cotton blend of a baseball cap. This safety measure is being put in place because of the unfortunate accident that happened with Mike Coolbaugh, where he was struck and killed by a foul ball. Better to be safe than dead I suppose...that was always John Olerud's motto at least.
Who are the Phils taking on? None other than the Florida State Seminoles...I'm predicting a 22-3 win for the 'Noles. 2007 1st round pick of the Phils, Joe Savery, will be making his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon, as he gets the starting nod.
Brad Lidge's knee surgery was performed yesterday, and it is being reported that it was a successful procedure. This quote from Phils train Scott Sheridan made me feel all warm and tingly inside, "We went in and cleaned out 15 to 18 percent of it. That leaves him a good 80 percent of the meniscus, which is nice. For us, this was really the best-case scenario that this was the only thing [wrong]. The other side of the knee that he had repaired was fine." Wow, still has a "good 80%" of his knee left, well I'm sure that's all any athlete needs to perform (*insert eye roll).