Phillies Fans Welcome Back Baseball
Philadelphia Phillies fans lined up early on Monday afternoon to get a look at the this year’s team and make some predictions.
“They are probably going to trade a couple people,” says young Phillies fan Ethan Bernhardt, “they get better prospects and then try to go for a winning season.”
The fans also wanted to catch a glimpse of veteran players like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. It was not only a big day for the familiar faces to return to the line up but it was a memorable day for some the new guys on the squad.
Centerfielder Odubel Herrera made his major league debut on Opening Day, he is only the second Phillie to do so in the last 45 years. As one current outfielder was taking in the day, a former outfielder was being honored for his time in Philadelphia. Shane Victorino received a standing ovation in a Boston Red Sox jersey as he returned to the ball park since he was traded in 2012.
“To see him in Boston and to be loved in two big baseball cities,” says Phillies fan Ed Gross, “it’s a big deal and no one is going to boo him, everyone loves him so, you still wish he was here.”
Some of the fans we talked with say they will be a rebuilding year for the Phils and others say they are just excited that baseball is back.