The only thing Monday's opening day down in Texas was missing was Chris Wheeler on your television calling baseball "goofy."
I'm not sure what was least expected: the Phillies bats erupting for 14 runs or Cliff Lee struggling mightily, allowing 8 earned runs on 11 hits over 5 innings of work.
But at the end of the day, the Phillies put up more than the Rangers and came away with a 14-10 victory on opening day. It was the franchise's most runs on opening day since... 1900.
Aside from earning the 'W' there was plenty to be encouraged by: Ben Revere with three hits and 3 RBIs, Jimmy Rollins' salami (VIDEO), Chase Utley's three hits, Ryan Howard seeing plenty of pitches and earning a walk (!), Marlon Byrd going deep, Dom Brown showing some aggression on the base paths, Chooch scoring three times, Cody Asche getting off to a fantastic start, Tony Gwyn Jr. wearing sweet sunglasses, and John Mayberry Jr. with a huge pinch hit.
The Phils are 1-0. It may not have been pretty but it's a whole lot better than 0-1.
Here's a photo gallery from the day (AP photos): click to enlarge
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