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Best Tweets Surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies as MLB Opening Day Nears

Douglas J Miller@@seDougtiveFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2015

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels winds up in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Clearwater, Fla., Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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With the start of April comes the anticipation for Opening Day as the Philadelphia Phillies begin their season with a home opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 6.

Philadelphia fans withstood a poor 2014 season as the Phillies finished in last place in the NL East with a 73-89 record. The sad part is the Phillies look to be in even worse shape this season.

Philadelphia’s general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. traded away long-time Phillies stalwart Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers in an attempt to restock the farm system. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels still remain from the 2008 World Series team, but the front office is actively shopping the veterans in an attempt to rebuild the team.

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Update on trade market as Opening Day nears:... http://t.co/fTmaMhpcMT

Aging veterans like Utley and Howard do not hold much value in the trade market, but removing Howard’s enormous salary would be a major boost to the club.

On Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park, Hamels will toe the rubber and deliver the first pitch of the season for the Phillies. However, Hamels' future is uncertain as he does hold trade value at 31 years old after coming off an impressive season with a 2.46 ERA.

Jim Salisbury @JSalisburyNBCS

It’s official: Cole Hamels to start opening day for Phillies http://t.co/w3VXw91WpU #PhilliesTalk

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One Philadelphia name that is not going anywhere is Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, as the former third-baseman will increase his television presence this season.

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

Its now Weekends with Schmidt on @CSNPhilly @Phillies games. Mike Schmidt will now broadcast Saturdays and Sundays. #Phillies

Meghan Montemurro @M_Montemurro

Mike Schmidt will be joining #Phillies broadcast booth for 26 games this season, up from 13 last year. He will be doing Sat & Sun home games

Phillies fans may still watch the team in their own home at their own leisure, but will people show up to Citizens Bank Park?

Filling a bad team’s stadium with even die-hard fans is a struggle, so how do you fill the seats? By offering a towering mountain of beef.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

New at Phillies games: The "Triple Triple" Wayback Burger (9 patties & 9 slices of cheese) http://t.co/cXA5gCbiQw

Isaac @WorldofIsaac

The Phillies’ Triple Triple Burger Is Real, Spectacular And Not An April Fools’ Joke http://t.co/7XMOY4wOr9 http://t.co/tCYHvCC9a0

To go along with the burgers, the Phillies also announced they will be serving hard liquor and wine in the stadium this year.

Now remember, this is the fan base that threw snowballs at Santa Claus. Do they really need any help in getting more belligerent and riled up? The fans will most likely already be in bad spirits due to the team's performances, and libations can only make it worse.

The Philadelphia Phillies may not be a national storyline, but the potential to add Utley, Howard or Hamels to a contender would attract the eyes of the top teams in the league.

Being a fan of a team that may finish the season as the worst in Major League Baseball can be difficult. However, fans will likely still flood South Philadelphia to catch one of the best pitchers in baseball kick-off summer.

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