On Opening Day this past Monday, the Phillies got trampled by the Red Sox in a 0-8 loss in front of what will probably be the only sell-out crowd they will see this season. Well, at least the pre-game activities were fun as usual.
One thing we learned from the ceremonies was that Jonathan Papelbon thinks Phillies fans have cooties, as witness by his gloved hands in the pre-game entrance:
The next time a fan runs into Pap, they should fake sneeze on him for fun. If anyone gets the opportunity, please let me know…thanks!
The only other real highlight of the day was seeing our old buddy, Shane Victorino. He got a standing ovation before his first at bat, which was well deserved.
And then the day went downhill from there. Cole Hamels was awful; he could not hit any of his spots and the Red Sox wasted no time taking him yard. Hamels allowed 4 home runs in only 5 innings, two of which came off the bat of super mini-sized ball player, Dustin Pedroia. He is little and adorable, I’ll give him that. But he seriously needs to stop beating up on the poor, defenseless Phillies who are clearly in awe of his short stature.
However, the smallest thing in the stadium on this day was the Phillies offense. They were no-hit through 3 innings and then only managed 3 hits total for the whole game.
Jake Diekman got beat up as well; he gave up a Grand Slam to Hanley Ramirez who also had 2 homers in the game. If this performance is a taste of what is to come, it is going to be a long season. Buckle in Phillies fans…the next game is Wednesday night at 7:05pm.
And here is the Photo Album from Opening Day.