The Phillies were written off by big name sports services with their fancy predictions. Yes, the season is still very young, but the Phillies went out on field Monday afternoon in Texas and made a statement. Old? Take that you old naysayers!
The Phils banged out 17 hits and 14 runs in their 2014 Opening Day debut in Texas. The last time the Phillies scored double digits on Opening Day was in 2010 when they beat the Nationals 11-1 but you have to go a little further back to 1994 when they did this before they whipped the Nats. In 1994, the Phillies scored 12 runs against the Colorado Rockies to open up the season back on April 4, 1994.
It was Cliff Lee's first start on Opening Day for the Phillies, an honor which he did once in 2009 with Cleveland.
Jimmy Rollins hit his 200th HR with a Grand Slam blast, and the Phils added another HR by Marlon Byrd in Game 1 of the season. J Roll also started his 14th straight season on the Opening Day roster for the Phillies. Cody Asche added a HR in the 8th inning, as the Phillies gave some runs back and made this game somewhat close again.
The Phillies made the most of their first game, can this continue? Phils win 14-10.