Monday, April 11, 2016

Welcome back to Philly, baseball today in South Philadelphia

After an ice cold Spring, maybe Howard can show Phillies fans some of that awesome power he used to display at CBP over the years

Opening Day for the Phillies, and yet another magical start to a baseball season for the hometown fans that come to see their baseball team play a kid's game and make it seem so special.

It's a time to think about opportunities. All the teams come out of the gate with even records around now. We saw the Phillies take a steep nosedive for the first 4 games of the season, but they pulled together and won 2 out of 3 from the NL Champs, the New York Mets.

That's really what defines a baseball team, can they get through some adversity and still pull it all together to get the job done and start to win baseball games.

Something always changes with a team during an offseason, and the Phillies went through a total change during this past offseason. A new team President, Andy MacPhail, was put into place last year near the end of the season, and he brought his choice in for GM in Matt Klentak. Couple this with a tremendous amount of new players on this team and you have change.

Pete Mackanin has been around the Phillies organization for a few years, so I won't call him new, his ascension to the manager's post is new though for him, It's the first time he has had the chance to skipper a team from Opening Day.

A great story emerged in the past couple of days about the Phillies infield being changed out to make it much slower. A change in the type of grass is all that was needed, from Bermuda to Kentucky Blue Grass was all that was needed to make the change. It's going to be subtle at first, but very noticeable towards the time when summer starts to kick in. Read more about it here from Matt Gelb's article.

What will we see from this new grass? Maybe a lot more infield hits, as the ball will slow down. Maybe Herrera will start making a living off of it as the speed of the runner will really start to play a part with this new infield grass.

The San Diego Padres will be in to open up the season with the Phillies at home. Both teams come into this game with 2-4 records. The Phils have their young phenom, Aaron Nola ready to go for today's game against Andrew Cashner who went 6-16 in 31 starts on the season last year and got roughed up in his first start of the year with a loss against the Dodgers that saw him give up 5 ER on 6 H and the Padres lost that one 7-0.

So at 3:05 PM this afternoon, a new era gets ushered in for the hometown fans, a new team and new attitude. Time will tell how successful the team will be. A win on Opening Day would be nice, and would make a lot of fans wanting to come back for more. 

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