ALL FANS ATTENDING TONIGHT’S SEASON OPENER AT CITIZENS BANK PARK– Here is some info you should know for tonight’s game:
5:05 PM – All gates open
5:28-6:28 PM – Phillies batting practice
6:28 – 7:18 PM – Braves batting practice
7:23 PM – Cardinal O’Hara High School marching band will perform as the 2009 Phillies enter the ballpark, greeted by Mayor Nutter and Charlie Manuel.
7:38 PM – America the Beautiful will be sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, directed by Jeffrey R. Smith, as members of the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard unfurl the American Flag. State Flags will be carried onto the field by the Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel.
7:42 PM – Introductions start
7:53 PM – National Anthem: Will be performed by Katie Stam, Miss America 2009.
7:56 PM – U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Parachute team will parachute onto the field (weather permitting), bringing the first balls.
8:00 PM – NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, who wore a Phillies jersey in space, will present the jersey to Charlie Manuel.
8:01 PM – Ceremonial First Pitch: Will be thrown by former Phillies General Manager Pat Gillick and Ben Lo, representing Modell’s Sporting Goods.
8:09 PM – Play Ball!
This info courtesy of Phightin’ Phils Phorum.
I’ve put a, so far, unreturned call into the Phillies’ PR department about tonight’s lineups/press notes, which they have failed to release. I’ll have that info as soon as my call is returned.