Monday, March 31 welcomed back baseball into the hearts of fans everywhere. In Philadelphia, while that is certainly the case, how much love fans will give back to the sport is a different story.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the worst team in all of the majors in spring training. Cole Hamels is hurt. The infield is old and—depending on the player—overpaid. And the team put this all together following their worst season since the turn of the century.
Fortunately there is always reason to be excited at the beginning of a new season. Even if expectations are low, the field production can always defy the odds.
Here are five reasons to be optimistic for the Phillies' 2014 season.