Puttin’ On The Ritz

Friday at the Phillies training camp in Clearwater had quite the photo shoot, featuring the team, manager, and coaches decked out in tuxedos, posing with the World Series trophy. Here’s a picture of them that ran in this morning’s Philadelphia Inquirer, as they get ready for the shoot:

tuxes.jpgThe final shot will grace the cover of Phillies Magazine. To maintain exclusivity, only the official photographer was allowed to participate in the actual shoot. There is a video, parts of which are pretty funny, showing the players getting ready for the photo. Since I don’t know how to link video into my posts, here’s a link to the story on phillies.com.

What’s actually pretty amazing is that 23 out of 25 of the guys on the World Series roster are still Phillies this year. Only Pat Burrell and So Taguchi are no longer with the Phils – Pat of course having signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent, and Taguchi is a non-roster invitee of the Cubs this spring.

Many of the players and coaches had not worn a tux since their wedding day, and for Chris Coste it had been even longer. He last wore a tux to his high school prom, having gotten married while wearing a baseball uniform! Here is a picture of that special moment, from his book The 33-Year-Old Rookie:

coste.jpg

Other Spring Training tidbits

Marcus Giles, a non-roster invitee, has been working out at third base. He could get some time there while Pedro Feliz continues to recover from off-season back surgery. Right now, Feliz’s status for opening day is uncertain.

According to pitching coach Rich Dubee, Adam Eaton “will get his time on the mound” even though he is not in the running for the fifth starter’s position. One can only hope that he will pitch well enough this spring to draw some trade interest.

eaton.jpgWill Eaton go down as one of the worst Phillies signings ever? Let’s see, a three-year, $24.5 million contract, and what do we have to show for it? A record of 14 wins and 18 losses, an ERA hovering around 6.10. You decide.

On My Reading List

My Amazon shipment finally came on Thursday (yay!), with Jane Heller’s Confessions of a She-Fan and Joe Torre’s The Yankee Years. I have to say that when I was placing my order, it just felt kind of, oh, wrong to be ordering two books about the Yankees, being that I’m not a Yankee fan. But I do have other non-Phillie books, so I got over it.

Hmm, which to read first? I decided on Jane, and cracked open the book as soon as I took it out of the box, while standing in my kitchen. I was laughing (well, snorting – I tend to do that when I laugh) out loud by page 2! I’m trying not to read it too fast – I want to savor it.

If any of you other she-fans out there haven’t gotten it yet – what are you waiting for!? In fact, I think it’s easier to appreciate when you aren’t a Yankee fan – you don’t have to relive all the heartbreak of the 2007 season along with Jane. I’ll give a more in-depth review once I’ve finished it.

(tux photo by Eric Mencher, Philadelphia Inquirer; Coste photo by Julie’s Photography, from The 33-Year-Old Rookie; Eaton photo mine) 

6 Comments

Eaton is washed up….
http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

The guys all look great in their tuxes! And Chris’ wife has a great sense of humor!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Wrightway – I think you may be (w)right on Eaton!
Julia – Yes, they clean up well, don’t they? :-)
Sue

Yes, that will be a marriage that last a long time to be able to have enough of a sense of humor for her husband to wear a baseball uniform. True love!
Tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

Sue- I love the way they all look in their tuxes! And I agree with Tom, letting your husband wear a baseball uniform is definitely true love.
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Tom and Emily – Yes, it must be true love for Mr. and Mrs. Coste. Not only did she agree to the baseball wedding, she has been with him during his oddysey all through the independent and minor leagues. If you ever have a chance to read his book, I would highly recommend it. A truly inspiring story of someone who never gave up on his dream.
Sue

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