The bunting is hanging from Citizens Bank Park. The parking lots are filled with tailgaters. The sun is shining and a once-ominous forecast yielded to perfect April weather.
It's the home opener in South Philadelphia.
The Phillies are 3-6 in openers at Citizens Bank Park. This opener is unlike any in 131 years of Phillies history. It is the first time the home slate starts with an American League team.
These two teams have not faced one another in six years. The last encounter was a forgettable one for Phillies fans. (Brandon Duckworth!)