All Is Well
Somebody said the first sign things might go poorly for the Phillies last night came when one of the U.S. Army’s parachuters missed his target — landing outside Citizens Bank Park.
Yeah, maybe that was an omen.
I just know I’m glad Opening Night is behind us. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the excitement leading up to it, but I always get tired of the lack of perspective immediately after it. That’s why I thought Jimmy Rollins gave a good answer when he was asked about Opening Night after the 4-1 loss to the Braves.
“Oh my goodness,” he said. “I am heartbroken that we lost a game.”
Asked about maybe splitting up the left-handers in the middle of his lineup after seeing Mike Gonzalez strike out Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez to end the game, Charlie Manuel responded, “We played one game, man. Break ’em up? What would you suggest?”
Of course, I absolutely understand the frustration. Opening Night is waaaaaaay more special than say, a May 21 game against the Reds in Cincinnati. And the three homers Brett Myers gave up in the first two innings were a major buzz kill for fans, who were looking forward to continuing the fun and magic from October.
But don’t let last night ruin your Monday … unless, of course, you just hate Mondays because they’re Mondays.
So take a deep breath.
The Phillies haven’t won on Opening Day since 2005, and I think most fans would agree the last two seasons have gone particularly well. So while every game is important and while games in April counts just the same as games in September, when it comes to Opening Night it is just one game.