A Clean Slate

-Stephen Pagano

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Opening Day, 2017 has finally arrived! For most baseball fans, this is their Christmas. It’s a date that many people mark on their calendars to help them get through those long and dreadful winter months. It’s an exciting time, because every team is in first place, at least for one day. Fans can forget about the past season and just focus on a fresh start with new exceptions. All over the league fans think alike, “maybe this is our year.”

In Philadelphia, things are slowly coming together. Over the last few seasons, the patient fan base has watched manager Pete Mackanin, mix and match his young hitters, along with his talented bullpen arms, to find a winning nucleus. Although, being “cellar dwellers” in the past few seasons, the Philly faithful are optimistic about the future of the organization.  

Young talents like Maikel Franco, Aaron Nola, Odubel Herrera, and Tommy Joseph have Phillies fans thinking winning baseball again. Although a long shot, some of us even think it’s possible to sign a huge superstar in the near future, such as Bryce Harper or even South Jersey native, Mike Trout. With the 2008 World Series title being almost a decade old, Phillies fans are growing hungry once again.

Meanwhile, as first pitch is being thrown on Opening Day, we can’t help but think what lies ahead for the Phillies in next 162 games. Expectations are hovering around the .500 mark for the club, which would be an improvement from seasons past. However, one thing is for certain, it’s a clean slate and a new beginning. Joe DiMaggio once said,

“You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.”

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