HOUSTON -- Good morning from Minute Maid Park, where a pair of aces named Roy will square off this afternoon for what is the first real good pitching matchup of this Phillies season.
Meant to post this earlier in the week, but here is the schedule of events as provided by the Phillies for Monday's home opener at Citizens Bank Park...
10:00 a.m. Majestic Clubhouse Store opens.
12:00 p.m. Opening Day Block Party, Citizens Bank Way: Plenty of music featuring the popular Mr. Greengenes, as well as food and fun! Party will be open to all fans.
12:05 p.m. All gates open. All fans will receive a 2’x3’ replica of the 2009 National League Pennant that will fly above Ashburn Alley all season, compliments of Modell’s Sporting Goods.
12:13 p.m. Phillies batting practice.
1:28 p.m. Nationals batting practice.
2:25 p.m. Lead-off Walk Into the Ballpark: The Cardinal O’Hara High School Marching Band, along with the Budweiser Clydesdales, will lead the 2010 Phillies into the ballpark via a 10th Street entrance. Manager Charlie Manuel will raise the National League Champion flag from Ashburn Alley.
2:38 p.m. America the Beautiful will be sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, as members of the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard unfurl a large American flag. State flags will be carried onto the field by Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel.
2:42 p.m. Introductions … Nationals
2:46 p.m. Introductions … Phillies
2:53 p.m. National Anthem: Will be performed by members from the cast of Lion King.
2:56 p.m. The Leap Frogs, the U.S. Navy parachute team, will parachute onto the field (weather permitting), bringing the first balls.
3:01 p.m. Ceremonial First Pitch: Will be thrown by Herb Magee, Philadelphia University Head basketball coach, who recently broke the record for the most wins in men's NCAA history, and Bill Mayer, representing Modell’s Sporting Goods.
3:07 p.m. Play Ball!