Intrasquad Photo Gallery

It was a day where box scores weren't kept and rules were bent to say the least. It was a day just for getting on the field, having some fun and letting the Phillies start to take shape. It was the Phillies first intrasquad game and it was all captured by <i>PhillyBaseballNews.com</i> staffer Holly Oswald.

Pat Burrell homered off Terry Adams in Monday's intrasquad game.
Rheal Cormier
Ryan Howard homered off Franklin Perez. Howard also started in left field and had some trouble, but is progressing in learning the position.
Mike Lieberthal
Kenny Lofton made his first appearance as a Phillie in Monday's intrasquad game.
With the injury to David Bell, Placido Polanco could become a key part of the Phillies lineup. He started at third in Monday's intrasquad game.
Jimmy Rollins
Jim Thome's classic pre-swing stance.
Jim Thome
Chase Utley made his mark with a dazzling defensive play in Monday's intrasquad game.
Shane Victorino is fighting for a spot on the Phillies roster. Ironically, he made a spectacular defensive play to rob his chief rival, Marlon Byrd, of what would have probably have been a triple.
Billy Wagner
Marlon Byrd is sporting a new look these days.

The Phillies played an intersquad game Monday in perfect Florida weather. There were at least a couple thousand fans out for the free game that was played at BrightHouse Networks Field. Fully stocked concession stands, beer vendors, the jumbotron score board, music and the game announcer all made it feel like a well attended game in the Florida State League but the names were more recognizable.

Pitchers were limited to an inning each so most could get in a little work against live hitters in a game atmosphere. Most hitters got in a couple at bats before calling it a day, with the exception of Jim Thome who served as the DH for both teams and batted every half inning till the end of the fourth inning.

Players seemed lose and ready to go, enjoying the first chance to hit the field with some competition. Chase Utley and Shane Victorino both made it clear that they were taking things seriously as they both took their turn in the defensive spotlight. Utley made a dazzling play on a bunt attempt by Danny Sandoval, while Victorino crashed into the center field fence to make a spectacular catch on a ball hit by Marlon Byrd.

Pat Burrell hit a few long foul balls almost out of the stadium before hitting a line drive homerun to the left field seats under Frenchy's Tiki bar. His shot came off veteran Terry Adams, who signed with the Phillies as a free agent during the off-season.

Billy Wagner was throwing strong and hard, as was Randy Wolf. Pitchers all threw well and didn't show any signs of control problems or leftover rust from the winter.

Fans were treated to both Thome and Burrell signing autographs between there at bats and as players walked to the clubhouse most stopped to sign for the fans down the third baseline.

On the plate for Tuesday is the player's annual golf tournament and dinner at the Bealair Biltmore Resort . The first spring training game is on Thursday as the Phillies face the Detroit Tigers.


Philly Baseball Insider Top Stories