Beerleaguer's first-ever female correspondent, Phargo, takes her turn with today's game and waistline report.
JUPITER, Fla. - Tomorrow may be Clout Day, but today was Jason Donald Day. He started strong in the first inning with a single to shallow left and a good play on a line drive for the third out against the Marlins. He also drew a walk in the sixth that resulted in a slide in to home to score, and had two other shots that went impressively deep. He also threw out a Marlin at second for the last out of the game. He looked great; the guys next to us were wondering out loud if maybe he could play some third base. The fans gave him particular appreciation as he left the field (pictured right).
Joe Blanton looked just fine, and Howard is noticeably slimmer, though he didn't have an especially good day. Brad Lidge looks ready to go and John Mayberry Jr. was another crowd pleaser. There were more Phillies fans than Marlins fans there, but they were not as loud as I expected. Clout is right, Roger Dean Stadium is nice; it even has enough stalls for the ladies. Once it stopped raining in the second, it turned into a beautiful day. Oh, and maybe it's just because I usually see him on TV, but I think maybe Charlie Manuel lost a few lbs over the winter, too. - phargo