Baseball’s back! And you couldn’t have scripted the Phillies first week-end any better.
After all that anticipation over the Fab Four, all that angst about Utley’s knee and Brad’s shoulder and all that talk about ‘historic seasons,’ could anything possibly live up to all the hype?
Well, actually, Yes! And no one was more excited for this season to finally begin than my viewing companion.
So as we take a breath on this off-day, here are some thoughts from the 0pening week-end.
Even watching at home on my couch I could feel the excitement at the stadium. Apparently it was the largest week-end attendance ever for a 3 game series and I think I could hear every one of them!
The fan reaction to Cliff Lee, in particular, was off the charts. I mean how many people can say they got a :30 second standing ovation for striking out?
And here’s a cool stat courtesy of a good friend and loyal reader. This was the first time the Phils have swept a team at home to start the season since 1899! (Think anyone was blogging then?) For the record they swept the Washington Senators. (Thanks, Hal!)
As Jimmy Rollins goes, the Phillies go. And how did J-Roll ‘go’ this first week-end of his contract year? Well, only 6 hits and 2 walks in 12 at bats. He also scored 4 runs and threw in a stolen base along the way. Now I’m not saying he’ll bat .500 all year but to say he started strong would be an understatement.
It’s always fun seeing ‘firsts’ and seeing Michael Martinez get his first major league hit (and an rbi) was no exception. I love that the umpire made sure to get the ball and threw it into the Phils dugout for Michael to keep. I wonder where that ball is today???
For me a favorite moment was when Ryan Howard hit his first home run. I happened to be on the phone in another room (please don’t call me during the games, just tweet!) and my son came running in screaming, jumping up and down and reenacting it for me. And my son isn’t the only Ryan Howard fan in our family.
Although it’s definitely still a developing skill, I enjoyed sticking my toe into the world of Twitter. So far I’m following Jayson Stark, Leslie Gudel, and Jimmy Rollins! Don’t forget you can follow me by just clicking on the link to the right. (Drew, and that means, you! You got me into this mess.)
And one other week-end highlight I have to include is a shout out to the Philadelphia 76’ers for making the play-offs! OK, so it’s not baseball but it is Philly sports and NO ONE predicted they would have a year like this. So,
“Clap Your Hands, Everybody. For Philadelphia, 76’ers.”
But perhaps my favorite moment from this glorious back to baseball week-end was hearing the fans singing “High Hopes” in the background while Sarge interviewed Ben Francisco post game on Sunday. No one would have enjoyed this week-end more than Harry.
Well no one, that is, except Girls Other Best Phriend.