Ready for Home Opener
The late Phillies manager Gene Mauch once said, “Exceptional athletes do exceptional things.”
The offense was exceptional through five games which led to four wins. Then, it took an exceptional pitcher to cap the first road trip with yesterday’s 2-1 win.
The bats were alive in the first five games, getting 10 or more hits, to match a club record. First time Phillies did that was 1926.
Then, Roy Halladay showed why he’s one of the premier pitchers in the game as he beat another Roy, also a top-notch hurler.
It was the 150th win for Halladay, one-third being complete games. Once he made it through the seventh inning yesterday, he retired the last six hitters. He smelled another CG. Worst throw he made was the one to Polanco on a bunt in the sixth inning.
Halladay’s Citizens Bank Park debut will be Saturday night against the Marlins. The place will be filled with electricity that night. But before we get that far ahead, the home opener this afternoon and then three more games. As Charlie says, we’ve got to play one game at a time.
Yep, the seventh home opener is this afternoon . . . Phillies haven’t done well in the first game at Citizens Bank Park, 1-5, losing last four . . . Close to 30 fans were in line this morning to buy standing room tickets. Some showed up at 11 o’clock Sunday night . . . Highlight of the pre-game festivities is the raising of the blue 2009 National League pennant. Charlie Manuel will have the honor . . . Ballpark was buzzing as early as 7 a.m. with live radio and TV shows; fans in line for tickets and news helicopters buzzing above. Weather couldn’t be better.
April 12, 2004: Cincinnati spoiled the inaugural opener at Citizens Bank Park with a 4-1 win over Phillies. RF Bobby Abreu hit first HR in Phillies new home
5-1 start is Phillies best since the 1993 wild bunch went 8-1. Jim Fregosi’s club began the season with a three-game sweep in Houston, lost the home opener and then ran off five more wins at the Vet. . . . Longest undefeated start for a Phillies team is 8-0 by the 1915 NL championship club.