Sunday, April 05, 2009

Game 1 notes: Opening Night!

Game One the Phils should come out strong tonight

I haven't been this excited about Opening Day in a while, normally I am thrilled to just hear that opening day is here, but now that's been taken to a new height that the defending champs of the MLB are back to work starting tonight. I was 15 years old when the Phillies first won it all back in 1980, the only other time that the team has won the coveted title before 2008.

I remember all the players back then, the great names like Schmidt, Rose, Carlton, and others. That 1980 team seems like a lifetime ago now, an era that will never return but the memory still lingers. 1980 was not unlike today in several ways. The world back in 1980 wasn't a very nice place, gas prices were an issue, world peace was at odds with names like the Shah of Iran, and John Lennon of the Beatles was shot and killed in December of 1980. CNN didn't exist in 1980, nor did personal computers for that matter that you could read blogs like this one. The world was a much different place. Not necessarily worse mind you, but different. Computers and cell phones were in their infancy and only the super rich started off with them so for the common person they didn't really exist.

In 1980 the Phillies defeated Kansas City for the World Series title 4 games to 2, and the Philadelphia Flyers were also in the Stanley Cup that year just falling short and losing against the 4 games to 2 against the NY Islanders.

Good luck to the Phillies tonight against the Braves in the 2009 home opener!

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