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Phillies' Home Opener against Ozzie Guillen's Marlins still exciting despite rough start

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After the first three games, it’s pretty obvious that the 2012 Philadelphia Phillies will not set any National League hitting records this season. Moreover, the questions that surrounded the Phightins’ bullpen still remain. So in a nutshell, pretty much everything we feared about the Phillies coming out of Spring Training has come to light so far.Phillies Home Opener

It’s only three games into the season, so hopefully this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. After all, I’ve said before in the weeks leading up to Opening Day that it’s how you start, it’s how you finish.

Don’t believe me? Who would you rather have been in late October? The team who won 102 games and was sitting home watching the World Series? Or the team who snuck into the playoffs after only winning 90 games in the regular season. Exactly.

The Mets are 3-0 everybody! How long do you think that will last?  Besides, let’s put behind the last two games and get psyched for the home opener against the Marlins, a team with possibly higher expectations this year and have gotten off to a worse start than the Phillies.

Despite the rocky start for the Phillies, the home opener always brings excitement no matter how good or bad the team is. Even in 1999 when the Phils were atrocious, fans still packed The Vet 60,000 strong.  The Phillies usually have some nice tricks up their sleeve for the fans, and hopefully, the players will be energized by the home crowd and reel off a win to start the series. Pennants aren’t won in April, but they sure can be lost. If the Marlins can get buried early, that’s one less team the Phillies have to worry about, and one or two more water coolers destroyed by Carlos Zambrano and/or Ozzie Guillen.

So here’s to DJ Jazzy Jeff, the Leap Frogs, and the 2011 pennants we’ll receive at the gates.

Lets get psyched!

Check out a complete itinerary of the Phillies home opener here!

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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