Mondays are a downer. Yesterday more so than usual given that our promise of opening day baseball in Philadelphia was taken from us and replaced with a dreary, wet, and boring day.
But the baseball gods will reward our patience today with the promise of 60+ degrees and sunshine come first pitch at 4:07 pm at Citizens Bank Park.
And the Phillies return from the road with a respectable record of 3-3. They very easily could have been 4-2 or even 5-1 had a couple of bounces gone their way in Texas. But 3-3 seems okay at this point. We can still keep that tiny bubble of hope alive when they trot out onto the green grass at CBP later this afternoon.
And while there's cause for concern, namely in the overpriced maybe-over-the-hill closer department, there's also reason for optimism. Come on, it's opening day, we have to at least try.
Marlon Byrd reminds us what a reliable right fielder can be like, Dom Brown is off to a nice if quiet start at the plate, Chooch is making Ryne Sandberg really think everytime he writes a name after Ben Revere on the lineup card, and Chase Utley showed us maybe he hadn't lost his pop this spring, he was just saving it for the real thing. Chase is hitting .458 after six games. That'll sure get a rise out of South Philly when they hear the first notes of Kashmir later today.
I'm going to hop on the Broad Street line in a few hours, crack open a beer or two in the parking lots with some friends, then head in to the game with my dad, brother, and a friend and sit in right field. We'll probably enjoy a few cold ones, eat some peanuts, maybe enjoy some Bull's BBQ, and definitely talk some Phillies baseball.
It's good to have it back.