Feb. 26, 2008
Clearwater, Fla. – Florida State and the Philadelphia Phillies made every effort to play on Tuesday night at Bright House Networks Field, but rain washed away this evening’s exhibition game. Threatening weather lingered in the Clearwater area for a good portion of the afternoon but it wasn’t until six o’clock that heavy rains hit the ball park. The rain continued to pour for a good hour and a half before officials called the game at 7:45 p.m.
“I am very disappointed for the young men,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was a game that they were really looking forward to playing, especially a game against the National League East champs.”
The day wasn’t all lost as the Seminole student-athletes arrived early to visit with the Phillie players in their clubhouse. Then former Phillie third baseman and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt chatted with the Seminoles for about 35 minutes talking about the finer points of baseball while answering various questions from the players and coaches.
“He (Mike Schmidt) is one of those guys that you would like to pick his brain for as long as you can,” said junior Buster Posey. “It was a good experience just to come down here. It stinks that we didn’t get to play, but we still had a good time.”
“It’s always great when you can talk to a Hall of Famer, especially some one like Mike Schmidt,” said senior Dennis Guinn. “I wasn’t able to watch too much of his career, but I have always heard how good of a hitter and tough player that he was. I wished I could have asked him some more questions. You’ll never forget talking to someone like that.”
“Michael is just one of the real classy men in our game,” added Martin. “I have known him a long time; it was just nice of him to come and speak with our ball players.”
Florida State will next face Auburn for four straight games with the first two being played in Alabama beginning Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 CST. Gametracker will be available for the game, while Eric Luallen will broadcast the game live over the radio on 100.7 FM.