Oh the weather outside is frightful. . .

It's 11:30 a.m. on Opening Day. I'll tell you what: this feels a lot like Christmas morning. I went to bed last night with an overwhelming sense of anticipation. That might sound a tad over the top. But consider: for the past 42 days we've been writing about the fifth starter and Brad Lidge's knee and Kris Benson's arm and the philosophy of pinch-hitting and anything and everything except real, live, actual, meaningful baseball games.

Today, that changes.

The weather here is, in a word, awful. The skies are so overcast the Philadelphia skyline is barely visible in the distance, just a large silhouette masked by clouds. It's about 45degrees. It is spritzing out. The weather forecast calls for a high of 53 degrees.

Here's the line-up:

1. SS Jimmy Rollins

2. CF Shane Victorino

3. 2B Chase Utley

4. 1B Ryan Howard

5. LF Pat Burrell

6. 3B Pedro Feliz

7. RF Jayson Werth

8. C Carlos Ruiz

9. RHP Brett Myers.

Stay tuned for more.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the paper today for our preview issue.

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