Cliff Lee made his second debut with the Phillies tonight, and fans showed the love.
He got a loud ovation walking from the bullpen to the dugout before the game. I don’t recall an ovation like that since I started covering the team in 2003. Jim Thome got a huge ovation in his first game at the Vet. Roy Halladay got a huge ovation in his first start at the Bank. But this was sustained as Lee walked to the dugout. Very cool. Very loud.
“These fans have a knack for getting a little louder than everyone else,” Lee said. “I don’t what it is. I don’t know if it’s alcohol induced or what, but they definitely have a knack for getting really loud and supporting their team.”
The last time the Phillies opened the season at home and won their first two games was 1980.
The Phillies have 24 hits in two games, but just four extra-base hits! And no home runs! Bring back the long ball!