Phillies-Yankees game at Bright House Field kick-starts Grapefruit League action
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (March 2, 2010) – Earlier this year, Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel remarked to the media that his Phillies —owe the Yankees one.”
And this Thursday is payback day.
Exactly four months to the day New York clinched their 27th World Series title, the Phils will attempt to exact their revenge at Clearwater’s Bright House Field in the Grapefruit League rematch of Major League Baseball’s two reigning champs.
The Yankees will make the short trip from Tampa to play last year’s National League Champion Phillies on Thursday, March 4, in a game that will draw the attention of baseball fans from around the world.
—This is what Spring Training is all about,” said Kevin Smith, director of the St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission. —To have baseball of this caliber being played in such an intimate setting, and to have great weather all but guaranteed is exactly why Major League Baseball has called the St. Pete/Clearwater area its Spring Training home for more than 80 years.”
With both clubs carrying a large local following and both teams being picked to repeat and return to this year’s Fall Classic, tickets for the 1:05 game are nearly sold out.
Offering full sun in its grass berm area and cold beverages in its Tiki Pavillion beyond the left field wall, Bright House Field has been a hit with fans since its 2004 inaugural season. In addition to being the spring home of the Phillies, Bright House Field also hosts home games of the organization’s Florida State League team, the Clearwater Threshers, and the BIG EAST Baseball Championship.
Fans unable to make it to this week’s Phillies-Yankees game can catch the World Series redo four additional times this month: March 8 and March 26 in Tampa and in Clearwater on March 17 and March 22.
While the Phillies have trained in Clearwater since 1948, they aren’t the only Major League team to call the area their spring home.
The American League’s Toronto Blue Jays have opened camp in Dunedin since the team’s inception in 1977. Lauded for its cozy feel, the Jays’ Dunedin Stadium was once ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 5 places to watch a Spring Training game.
Dunedin Stadium also plays host to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League, the Dunedin High School baseball team and various community activities throughout the year.
The Phillies and Blue Jays will welcome perennial fan favorites like the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves to Pinellas County as part of their regular Grapefruit League schedule. And fans can get an early glimpse at the area’s hometown team---the Tampa Bay Rays---March 7 and March 23 when they travel to Clearwater and in Dunedin on March 26.
Tickets are available for all of the area teams at their respective Web sites, Phillies.com, BlueJays.com and RaysBaseball.com. Ticket prices vary by venue and opponent.
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