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Happy Spring Training Opening Day! Live baseball returns for the first
time since the Phillies played three rain-delayed innings on Wednesday, October
29th to win game 5 and clinch the World Series, a mere 17 weeks ago. These
exhibition games mean nothing in terms of wins and losses or statistics, but
they are certainly a prerequisite for managers to evaluate younger players and
an opportunity for veterans to get into game shape come April. There will likely only be a couple
thousand fans witnessing the White Sox-Rockies play in Tucson, while the collective
sports world will be focused on Marana, Ariz., a half-hour drive down
Interstate 10 where some golfer named Tiger will be returning from an even
longer layoff than baseball. Fear not: baseball will be in the spotlight soon enough.
Okay, a quick introduction of myself. I’m a freshman in college
majoring in sport management. My dream job would be to have a career in the
business side of sports. I am a lifelong Phillies fan and was deprived of
attending the greatest riot and parade in the city of Philadelphia last fall
being almost eight hours away in southeastern Ohio.
Why is the blog entitled Performance-Enhanced:
Perspective from a Phillies Phanatic? Because my writing is on steroids, of
course (and Phillies phans appreciate the application of alliteration at all
times)! No, I used to dream of being a journalist — the next Michael Wilbon, who
is an even better writer than ESPN television personality. I still enjoy
scribbling my thoughts down on paper (or Microsoft Word) and think MLBlogs will
be a good place to document the Phillies road to a repeat.
Until the season starts, I will write about the big faces in new
places. It’s always fun to see marquee players in new uniforms at the beginning
of the season (unless they’re in Yankee pinstripes). For the most part, I will
try to avoid the topic of steroids. Jamie Moyer pretty
much summed it up the best, in my opinion.
(photo via Yahoo! Sports)
Although the Phillies will be the primary focus of the blog, I will
devote attention to the other 29 ballclubs from time to time.
Finally, a big thank you to Major League Baseball Advanced Media for
I highly recommend this to fans living outside of their favorite team’s market.
It is an inexpensive way to watch every game online. It also comes with DVR
capabilities, so you can watch the game at your convenience.
Have a phantastic Phillies day!