First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. . .for now.
The skies are gray, and we're getting high winds and bursts of rain. There's a band of strong thunderstorms moving through the area. I just checked out the Weather Channel, and though I do not have a degree in meterology, it looks as if the rain should move through in time to save the game.
Last year this exhibition drew close to 5,000 fans. I ran into Florida State's Sports Information Director earlier, and he estimated that close to half of those were Florida State fans. The Seminoles are big in the Tampa Bay area. First baseman Geoff Parker played locally at Zephyrhills High.
Mike Schmidt gave FSU a pre-game speech, talking for close to a half hour. I talked to a couple of the players, and they said Schmidt emphasized "respect for the game."
Joe Savery is slated to pitch, followed by J.A. Happ, Carlos Carrasco and Josh Outman. Savery, Outman and Happ all pitched in college, so this should be old hat for them. Last year, 2006 first-round pick Kyle Drabek pitched when he was fresh out of high school.