4:05 p.m. I guess Larry Bowa's confidence in Burrell has been restored. Hitting Pat fourth, with Thome third and Abreu fifth is an interesting call. Hopefully Burrell feels as good about himself as Bowa does. Thome has a .411 career OBP, a little higher than Abreu's .409, so who hits third and who hits fifth is really a toss up.
4:10 p.m. The 2004 season is now underway for the Phils with the first pitch to Marlon Byrd.
4:16 p.m. Polanco gets on with a base hit.
4:21 p.m. Burrell grounds out to third. That sure won't help his confidence.
4:25 p.m. Not a good way to start for Millwood, base hit for the leadoff man.
4:30 p.m. Is it just me or does Kevin Millwood look a lot like Spanky from the Little Rascals now that he shaved the goatee off?
4:33 p.m. Runners on first and third with two outs, after a Randall Simon base hit. Is it too late to ask for a mulligan?
4:34 p.m. Phew! A groundout to third got Millwood out of that jam.
4:37 p.m. Did anyone else hear Harry Kalas call Vicente Padilla "Vicente Padente" just after calling Citizens' Bank Park the Vet before the game last Saturday? Maybe renewing his contract wasn't the best idea. This could turn into a
4:42 p.m. Rollins just drew a walk; maybe he really is changing his game.
4:44 p.m. With David Bell at the plate now, I'm wondering if Vegas has an over/under on how many games until he gets hurt again. It's probably a good thing this game isn't in Philly today with these high winds we have, or else they could be carting Bell off the field on a stretcher right now.
4:54 p.m. 1-2-3 inning for Millwood to end the second. If all these guys are supposed to be ‘roid ragin' how come the score is still 0-0?
4:56 p.m. What a stroke of genius. The guest in the broadcast booth with Harry and LA is the Phanatic. That's like having a deaf person work the drive-thru at a fast food place.
5:03 p.m. I don't like what I'm seeing one bit. After three times at bat, the Phils have left five men on base (three in scoring position). This better not be a continuing trend.
5:07 p.m. As if that isn't bad enough, I just noticed that Rollins isn't wearing his white glove today. I must say that I really got attached to that thing over the course of Spring Training.
5:16 p.m. My fan of the day award goes to this middle aged white guy they just showed in the stands after the commercial break. Why was this guy so special? He was wearing a fur coat that looked like it came out of the closet of the Bishop Don Magic Juan. Any 50-year-old white guy with the guts to wear something like that is ok in my book.
5:19 p.m. The first extra base hit of the game goes to Craig Wilson, who just pounded a double into right field. Those of you in fantasy leagues should remember that name, as he could surprise some people with a solid year.
5:22 p.m. Whoever makes those commercials for the Phillies should be fired and banned from ever creating an advertisement again. Whenever I see one of those things, the sheer stupidity of it makes me feel like my head might implode in a similar fashion to the Vet.
5:39 p.m. 1-0 Pirates. Tike Redman drove in the run with a double. I was about to say that the way this game is going, that run could be the difference, but then I remembered Jose Mesa is the closer for Pittsburgh.
5:45 p.m. Millwood managed to get out of that inning with just the one run allowed. Even though he's losing Kevin has done well so far, allowing just six hits, and no walks after five.
5:46 p.m. Please make the Phillies commercials stop. They just keep getting worse.
5:47 p.m. Bloop hit for Pat Burrell. He's two for three now, and must be feeling good.
5:49 p.m. Single up the middle for Bob Abreu. Two on, no out, and I smell a rally.
5:58 p.m. I need to get my nose fixed. Back to back to back strikeouts from Lieby, Rollins and Bell. That makes eight left on base for the game. Coincidentally, that the amount of Prozac I need right now.
6:03 p.m. The quote of the day comes from Chris Wheeler, who (in the sixth inning of a 4 p.m. game mind you) just said, "baseball season is officially here." Thanks for the update Captain Obvious.
6:05 p.m. Remember when I mentioned Craig Wilson earlier, well he just proved me right and made me feel horrible at the same time by hitting a solo homer. 2-0 Pirates. By the way Craig, you look like Heman with that long blonde hair.
6:09 p.m. Wells is out and Saloman Torres is in. Wells threw 105 pitches in just six innings, with five hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts (ouch). Torres has a career 5.24 ERA, so this could be good, or it could hurt that much more if he shuts down the Phils.
6:17 p.m. Torres hit Polanco with a pitch just so he could mock us by striking out Thome with two outs.
6:19 p.m. Roberto Hernandez is in to replace Millwood, who actually pitched pretty well today, giving up seven hits and no walks in six innings to go with four strikeouts.
6:24 p.m. Eddie Wade gets a pat on the back for bringing in the guy that just completed an important 1-2-3 inning.
6:26 p.m. Here's a weird fact, as of right now; every other game going on has a team with seven runs scored. I don't know if that has any significance…nor do I know where I'm going with this thought.
6:27 p.m. Another single for Pat Burrell. He's baaaaaaack…
6:30 p.m. A walk to Abreu, and I'm having flashbacks to the sixth inning. This time I'm not saying anything.
6:32 p.m. A bunt from Lieby moved the runners over and Jimmy scored Burrell on a sac fly. 2-1.
6:33 p.m. David Bell grounds out to short to end the top of the eighth. Can we just pretend he's injured and bring up Chase Utley?
6:35 p.m. Jose Mesa is warming up and hope is still alive for an Opening Day win.
6:40 p.m. Roberto walked Simon with two outs to bring up Heman once again. Not good.
6:41 p.m. A guy named Davis came in to pinch run for Simon and promptly stole second. Again, not good.
6:42 p.m. Ha! Groundout to end the inning for Wilson. Where's Gwildor when you need him? Sorry, that's the last Masters of the Universe reference, I promise.
6:45 p.m. Finally, Joe Table is in the game. This can go one of two ways. We will either get redemption for all the terrible things Mesa did to us over the last two seasons, or I will by crying in the corner, as Jose does what he couldn't do for the Phillies.
6:47 p.m. Jason Michaels flies out, but that's ok, Mesa always got one out before imploding…right?
6:49 p.m. Marlon Byrd lines out and I'm starting to feel nauseous.
6:52 p.m. Polanco pops out to end the game. Jose Mesa actually had a perfect inning, and the baseball gods officially hate the Phillies. I'll be in the corner….