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Play Ball: A Look Back at the Philadelphia Phillies' Last 10 Season Openers
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Four more days!

Four more days!

Yes, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Sunday to run their Grapefruit League record to 19-13. And yes, those three more scoreless innings from ace of aces Roy Halladay (to up his exhibition games record to a silly 4-0 with an 0.42 ERA) looked quite encouraging to Phils fans.

Homers by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez, both having good springs, also engendered a smile or two from Phillies Nation.

But as they say in local TV, the big story is that the real season is starting on Friday, April 1—I'm not April Fool-ing you.

While there have been some good developments this spring, the Phillies have endured a few too many injuries and must be looking forward to getting it going for real.

Doc Halladay will take the ball versus the visiting Houston Astros at roughly 1:05 PM on Friday. Did I mention that this is only four days away?

In anticipation of the April Fools' Day opener, let us embark on a journey through the last 10 Phillies season openers.

Not all seasons brought the same type of anticipation and passion as this one. But to a true baseball fan all season openers are great events, by definition, whether played in 80 degrees or 40, home or away.

Pack your virtual bags and take a slightly nostalgic journey through the last decade of Phillies baseball.

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