It’s 8:10 a.m. on this opening day. Fans are lined up all the way to McFadden’s to gobble up the 500 standing room tickets that go on sale in 50 minutes.
The sun is trying to break through the fog that blankets South Philadelphia.
Down in the Phillies clubhouse, most of the players are already here. Some are downing breakfast. New daddy Shane Victorino has his typical facial expression, an ever-lasting smile.
As one enters the clubhouse, there is an eraser board on the left. That’s where Charlie Manuel posts the daily lineup. The usual players are in today’s lineup but he made one change, a change that will create a buzz for talk radio, the media, and the message board.
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Shane Victorino, RF
Ryan Howard, 1B
Chase Utley, 2B
Pat Burrell, LF
Wes Helms, 3B
Aaron Rowand, CF
Rod Barajas, C
Brett Myers, P
The pre-game schedule says PLAY BALL at 1:05 p.m.
A season-long marathon is about to begin. Yes, a baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. The season gets underway in April but the goal is to be playing baseball in Philadelphia in October.