Happy Opening Day.
It's 39 degrees. It's cloudy. It's a little wet, too, from this morning's rain/snow/"wintry mix."
Pretty standard for the first day of baseball in South Philly. According to the good folks at weather.com, there's a 50 percent chance of rain at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., but pretty much clear skies from 2-5 p.m.
What else is new here? The scoreboard. The $10 million scoreboard. It's ginormous.
The good news here is we're two hours away from the first pitch and the tarp is coming off the field. Phillies pitchers are playing catch in right field.
I guess they have an odd number of guys playing catch because trainer Dong Lien is throwing with Roy Oswalt. Dong is a lefty. Who knew?
Former Phillies pitcher - and Astros Opening Day starter - Brett Myers was one of the first people out on the field, loosening up his arm by playing catch.
Not a whole lot of news to report this morning. Everyone seems ready to get this thing underway. Roy Halladay
was seated at his locker going over the game plan with pitching coach Rich Dubee and catcher Carlos Ruiz. Cliff Lee casually sat in front of his own stall across the way, chatting with whoever dropped by.
Jimmy Rollins was wearing a robe, like this one
(thanks, Meechone), only with his own No.11 on it.
And Wilson Valdez, about to make his first Opening Day start since taking the field at shortstop for the Seattle Mariners in 2005, was playfully trying to put his uniform pants over his head. It reminded me of this t-shirt I wore two days ago
Anyway, here are your Opening Day lineups:
1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez, LF
6. Ben Francisco, RF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Wilson Valdez, 2B
9. Roy Halladay, P
1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Angel Sanchez, SS
3. Hunter Pence, RF
4. Carlos Lee, LF
5. Bill Hall, 2B
6. Chris Johnson, 3B
7. Brett Wallace, 1B
8. Humberto Quintero, C
9. Brett Myers, P
Unfortunately for the Astros five-hole hitter, Cole Hamels isn't scheduled to pithc in this series. The Astros five-hole hitter? Who?
Ah, you might have forgotten by now, but less than 3 weeks ago Bill Hall
took umbrage when Cole Hamels first tried to 'quick pitch' him during an exhibition game in Kissimmee and then, after Hall showed he wasn't a big fan of that, brushed back the Astros journeyman infielder.
"He’s definitely a marked man for me now, so when I do some damage off him, I’m going to let him know I did some damage off him," Hall told the Houston Chronicle after that game. "I can guarantee that."
"I don’t feel like I do a lot of things to have pitchers mad at me for doing things on the field," Hall said. "I feel like I play the game the right way. But if you disrespect me, I’m going to do my best to disrespect you back. Obviously not in a way to disrespect the game, but obviously I’m going to let him know when I face him."
So, you have to wonder if Doc or Cliff or Oswalt sends their own message back to Hall in the next three days, huh.
Here are the rest of your pitching probables for the homestand:
Saturday, vs. Astros at 7:05 p.m.: Cliff Lee vs. Wandy Rodriguez
Sunday, vs. Astros at 1:35 p.m.: Roy Oswalt vs. J.A. Happ
Tuesday, vs. Mets at 7:05 p.m.: Cole Hamels vs. Chris Young
Wednesday, vs. Mets at 7:05 p.m.: Joe Blanton vs. Mike Pelfrey
Thursday, vs. Mets at 3:05 p.m.: Roy Halladay vs. Jonathon Niese
The Phillies will take the field at 12:32 p.m. in parade-like fashion, led by the Cardinal O'Hara marching band. The three buses were already parked outside the clubhouse and there was a list of which players and coaches were on which buses.
Interestingly, Charlie Manuel
wasn't on any of the three lists. Could it be they've given him a pass after taking away the portable stairs before he could get down (after raising the championship flag) a couple years ago?
Sounds about right, eh?