Your eyes are not deceiving you. This Brighthouse Field employee has a neon green goatee in celebration of St. Patty's Day today. Sadly, Jayson Werth's beard remains a nice golden color this morning. No sign of a rainbow yet either.
Also in celebration of St. Patty's Day today, thousands of Phillies fans will pack the ball park to watch the defending World Champion Yankees and consume large quantities of beer. We're going to head down to the Tiki Bar later this afternoon in left field to do some hard hitting reporting and investigate whether or not they have Jameson's.
Check out my man Fitzgerald's kicks below.
As you can see in the above photo, the skies are kinda gloomy today in Clearwater with about a 50% chance of precipitation with game time temps in the mid 60s. The sun is trying to peak out a little bit though.
Joe Blanton will take on Andy Pettitte today with Jose Contreras, Sergio Escalona, Chad Durbin, and David Herndon also scheduled to see action.
The Phils line up will be: Rollins, Victorino, Werth, Howard, Francisco, Ransom (3B), Castro, and Ruiz. Chase Utley will sit again today with the hated "upper respiratory infection."
The Yanks will go with Gardner, Johnson (DH), Teixeira, A-Rod, Thames, Winn, Cervelli, Pena, and Russo.
While we're on the subject of green attire, I believe today is the only acceptable day of the year to wear green Phillies gear. Who's with me? When you see a fan at Citizens Bank Park sporting a green Phils hat in June, it's a violation.
That said, Brighthouse Field is a sea of green this afternoon. The Phillies players are actually wearing green jerseys and hats themselves this afternoon. 1:05 start time.
And a little A-Rod during batting practice.