Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day

1 Apr


Ho Hum, just another day at the ballpark.

Isn’t it funny how the guys on the spot, Valdez filling in for Utley, Francisco replacing Werth,  always come up big?

I told you to buckle your seat belts!

“A home opener is always exciting, no mater whether it’s at home or on the road.” –Yogi Berra

Before I even opened my eyes this morning, I was smiling.

My coffee tasted better, the air smelled sweeter, I think I even looked thinner.

Who cares if it feels more like football weather than baseball.

Who cares if it’s snowing outside because

It’s finally here.

It’s Opening Day.

“You always get a special kick on Opening Day no matter how many you go through.  You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid.  You think something wonderful is going to happen.” –Joe DiMaggio

Phillies fans have definitely looked forward to this highly anticipated season.

We’ve agonized over Utley’s knee, strategized about the best line-up and finalized our plans for the big day.

So much has been written; so much has been said.  I truly don’t think there’s anything left to discuss or debate.  So this blogger, for one, is delighted that the dress rehearsal is over and it’s time to do this thing for real because

It’s finally here.

It’s Opening Day.

“The good thing about Opening Day is, at the end of the day it counts.  It’s on the record.” — Jimmy Rollins

And so it will be today.

At 12:32 the team will do its ceremonial Walk into the Ballpark.

At 12:53 the National Anthem will be sung by The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, an Opening Day tradition.

At 12:56 the Navy Leap Frogs US Parachute Team will do their darndest to actually land on the field with the first ball.

And at 1:09 the first pitch will be thrown by Roy Halladay.

So buckle your seat belts, wave those rally towels and settle in for a great ride because

Yes, it’s finally here.

It’s Opening Day.

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.  America has rolled by like an army os steamrollers.  It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again.  But baseball has marked the time.  This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray.  It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.  Oh, people will come, Ray.  People will most definitely come. –Terence Mann, Field of Dreams

(best when heard in James Earl Jones’ voice)

And for the record, I’m still smiling!

(By the way, I hope you like my new look to go with a new season!)




2 Responses to “Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day”

  1. Nicole April 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Yay!! I’m so happy it’s here!! We were at a pre-season game on Tuesday, and even though we were freezing, it gave us the smallest taste of summer. Just what we needed to get us through these last few wintery days!

  2. girlsbestphriend April 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Well the weather didn’t seem to bother the home team. What a way to start!

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