Lee looks to impress tonight in Opening Night
The 2011 season got off to a great start yesterday afternoon for the Phillies. Roy Halladay pitched a great game, but not enough to get the win as he came out of the ballgame when it was still 1-0.
The Phillies had to win this one in dramatic style, they came from behind like champions and it was some of the newer Phillies on this 2011 team to really come through for them. I can't think of a better way to start off the season than the victory we saw yesterday.
For Opening Night, it is Cliff Lee taking his spot in the rotation and pitching under the lights at Citizens Bank Park tonight. Lee would be the ace on any major league baseball team, when he was with the Phillies for the brief time that he was Lee was unstoppable. I really love his work ethic, and the way he charges out to the mound to pitch each inning.
We saw the first edition of the “new Phillies”, they are not the ones that we expected when the season started. Who would have thought the Phillies would have released the Luis Castillo, but I applaud their confidence in Wilson Valdez to get the job done. Valadez just needs time to play, as does the Phillies new right fielder Ben Francisco.
These two guys have been with the Phillies for some time now, they know what it takes to get a victory. They've been around winners, and have learned from them. Now they appear to be winners themselves. Together with John Mayberry Jr., all three new Phillies regulars were responsible in winning Game 1 of the season.
The area is fully engulfed in Phillies fever, it's all you hear about on the news and in the newspapers, and online. It's one of the hottest tickets in town, and tonight will be Cliff Lee's turn to show us yet another ace in the deck.
Tomorrow, it's another ace out of the deck, as the Phillies look to keep shuffling this stacked deck all season long.
Another refreshing comment from Cliff Lee: "It's good to be here Opening Day" - now that's why we love this guy. Happy to be in Philadelphia, when a lot of people never regarded the city all that much especially in the press. Gotta love it.