Phillies fans in the season opener didn’t disappoint. Tailgating started bright and early in the Citizens Bank Ballpark parking lot anticipating the 3:05 pm start time. Bringing back similar sights and sounds from the Phillies last c
Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen recognizing the crowd
As Harper ran onto the field for the first time at Citizens Bank Park behind ace Aaron Nola the crowd erupted. Fans chanting “Harper” and on their feet. Overtaken with all the support Harper recognized his right field fans by taking his hat off with an enthusiastic shortly followed up with a fist pump.
Harper eventually went 0-3 with an intentional walk in his Phillies season debut. Hearing the Harper chants to start the game McCutchen took matters in his own hands to rally the left field crowd. As a result, in the bottom of the first inning, McCutchen smacked the 2-0 pitch off Braves starter Julio Teheran over the left-center field fence to give the Phillies a quick lead.
As McCutchen approached his position in left field to start the second inning the crowd showed their approval. Fans on their feet cheering and screaming for McCutchen. The Phillies new left fielder didn’t hesitate giving back to the crowd as he removed his hat bowing to the left field fans then immediately doing the same to the fans on the third base side.
Faithful Phillies fans in season opener
Ticket sales during the winter were steadily climbing as moves were made. Eventually hitting a record pace after the Harper signing. The Phillies attendance elevated to 44,469 fans for the season opener. The sights and sounds from the Phillies home opener will be similar throughout the season. As a result, the Phillies hit three home runs and 10 runs in a span of only eight innings. Including a grand slam by Rhys Hoskins in the seventh inning to take a commanding lead. Finally, the Phillies ticket office will be busy again Friday as fans anticipate more excitement to come.
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