Phillies 7, Cubs 2
Game 4 - Friday Afternoon, April 4th in Chicago
Record - 2-2, 4th Place, 1 1/2 games behind the Marlins
One Sentence Summary: Chase Utley and Domonic Brown paced the offense as the Phillies took the series opener from the Cubs, 7-2.
What It Means: The Phillies ruined the Cubs home opener, and the kick-off of their celebration of Wrigley Field's 100th birthday. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg joined Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Billy Williams in throwing out the first pitches prior to the game.
What Happened: Utley hit his first home run of the season with a two-run shot in the fifth and he'd later add an RBI-single in the seventh. Brown went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and John Mayberry, Jr. hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the eighth.
Roberto Hernandez made his Phillies debut, pitching 5 1/3 innings while allowing a pair of runs on three hits.
Featured Card: The Utley card featured here isn't from my collection . . . it's actually from my seven-year-old son Doug's collection. It was the "First Phillie" encountered in the initial packs of Topps Opening Day he opened a week or so ago. I borrowed the card for this post, and I'll dutifully return it to its owner once I'm done with it. I'm entering an interesting place in terms of my Phillies collecting habits. Normally by now, I would have purchased a Topps Opening Day team set on eBay, added it to my checklist and then slipped the cards into 9-pocket pages in my 2014 Phillies binder.
The fact that Doug is now semi-collecting, and enjoying getting packs of cards from Target, leads me to wonder if there will come a day, perhaps soon, when I'm just supporting his collection and not really focusing on mine. I still have time to figure this all out and perhaps his sudden interest in baseball cards will wane in time. Nevertheless, it's not the worse problem a father could have if he's buying more baseball cards for his son than he is for himself.