The Phillies season is scheduled to get under
way on Friday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park against the Houston
Astros. But as April 1st games in the northeast tend to go, the weather
looks far from optimal for opening day of baseball. Granted, those who
predict weather forecasts are about as consistent as Brad Lidge's
health, but Friday's outlook calls for a 70% chance of precipitation with a balmy high of 41 degrees. Ugh. Don't forget your earflap hats.
So it looks like the 2011 Phillies regular season campaign will start
the same way this spring went for the club: far from ideal.
As for Tuesday and Wednesday's South Philly tune ups? Similar
temperature outlooks for both days, but Tuesday's game is a 7:05 start
with Wednesday's a matinee, so you'll likely be even colder if you're
going to check out the On Deck Series.
But, much like this spring in Florida, Roy Halladay will be there on
Friday to bring his strike-zone pounding ray of sunshine to the 45,000+
there to take part in the rite of spring.
Roy is ready. You can see it in his eyes.