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The March 17th game down in Clearwater, Florida is typically a rather festive affair with fans from the Delaware Valley flocking to BrightHouse Field to wear their best wrong-colored Phillies shirts and celebrate the fact that someone in their family tree once lived across the ocean in Ireland.
I was down there one year and wrote somewhat negatively on my feelings about green Phillies gear -- sorry, I like my Phillies gear to be red -- but whatever, I'm down for any reason to enjoy a few cold ones and watch baseball.
So boo to the weather gods who forced today's game to be canceled -- the party seemingly along with it.
This bagpipe guy just looks sad, serenading some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
Cliff Lee was officially named the opening day starter today. That and a few Jamesons at the Tilted Kilt down there should help cheer up the crowd.
Mar 17, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Ray Willis of Clearwater plays the bag pipes as he walks through the concourse before the spring training game between the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports