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Halladay will start off the Phillies season for 2010 today in Washington
The Phillies will try to make it 4 division titles in a row in this dynasty that they have started in the NL East starting today in Washington DC. They have appeared in back to back World Series in 2008 and 2009, to the Phillies fan of today that is just normal business for the team now. It wasn't always that way though. The drought the team had from 1980 to 2008 was a long one, with brief glimpses of hope sprinkled in from a World Series appearance by the team in 1983, and then in 1993, which both ended in losses, the Phillies other than these two years have been not what we see on the field today. The long term Phillies fan has to be looking at each season with a optimistic but cautious outlook with what they have had to endure over the years.
Roy Halladay is the reason that the Phillies will either stay at the top of the division or float back down to earth this year. All indications point to the first scenario, but the season is a long one, and just like the recent injury to Joe Blanton, you never know what the baseball gods have in store for you in the long haul. One thing is for sure though, the Phillies will have suppport from the fan base, there have been over 3 million tickets sold before the first pitch this season, and this year it will be tough to find seats to any home game.
Opening Day pitchers for the Phillies over the last 5 seasons
- 2009 - Brett Myers
- 2008 - Brett Myers
- 2007 - Brett Myers
- 2006 - Jon Lieber
- 2005 - Jon Lieber
If you remember, Cole Hamels was supposed to be the opening day starter last season, but due to a slight injury, Brett Myers started his third opening day in a row for the team. For the Phillies team, the pitcher with the most starts on Opening Day is Steve Carlton with 14, and Robin Roberts with 12. The last 5 seasons have seen the Phillies open the season up at home, but this year they open up on the road in Washington, DC. President Obama will throw out the first ceremonial pitch, and then the Phillies '10 season will be underway. They should have an easy time of the Nationals today, and if I was in Vegas, I would have to put some money on the Fightins to win, even though they don't normally start off winning on Opening Day. In the last 10 years, the Phillies have won only 3 games on Opening Day. We'll see if they can improve on this today in DC.
Game Time: 1:05pm TV: MyPHL17 Radio: 1210 AM