Clearwater, Fla., was not the only place the Phillies made a splash Wednesday.
While the players opened spring training at Bright House Field, Paula Bryan of Wallingford was first in line at Citizens Bank Park as Phillies single-game tickets went on sale.
Although the ticket office was not scheduled to open until 8:30 a.m., Bryan - with her lawn chair and bundled up in a heavy coat, scarf, and gloves - staked out her spot at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
By 8 a.m. Wednesday, about 50 people had lined up behind Bryan, and the Phillies provided a few surprises.
Former Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene, the Phillie Phanatic, and broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Scott Franzke greeted the fans, posed for photos, and helped them select the best tickets.