Friday, August 29, 2014
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Wind-blown Game 1

It could be the story of the opener between the Phillies and Rockies.

Wind-blown Game 1

The forecasts were right.

The wind will be an issue.

It is blowing and blowing hard from leftfield to right field. Sitting here in the press box, the tallest flag pole in centerfield in Citizens Bank Park, the pole holding the American flag, is moving in the wind -- not the flag, the pole itself. The flag is wrapped around the pole, the wind having spun it and spun it and spun it again around its spindle.

None of the flags have shredded -- it isn't like that, not yet. But the forecast was for 40-plus mph gusts and you have to believe it. The flag of the city is starched in blue and yellow. The red 2008 championship flag has wrapped once around the pole so that only the 008 is showing. The smaller white flags, of division championships gone by, are waving and attentive. All of it out toward rightfield.

Any fly ball hit higher than Harry the K's restaurant in left field -- higher than that structure -- will officially be an adventure. Because the wind will catch it, will grab it, will alter its flight at the least and carry it to Camden at the worst.

We could be talking about this for years.

And 3 hours before the first pitch, the red flag in centerfield is down to 08 being visible. And it continues to howl.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
About this blog
Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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