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The city of Philadelphia is in a bit of shock today. Many went to sleep thinking they would wake up only to be told it was just a dream. Alas, it is not; the Donovan McNabb era is over in Philly. Number five brought the Eagles mere yards from their first ever Super Bowl in 2004 and reached the NFC Championship so frequently one was bound to think the Eagles had a pre-punched ticket. McNabb also holds many franchise records in individual statistics as well.
Most of Philly will be in quiet mourning today. Well, until about 1 PM when baseball finally resumes after a five-month hiatus. The Washington Nationals will take the field against the Phillies in the nation’s capital, presumably the only time the two teams will be alike in record.
Philly’s relationship with one star has ended, but a new one is just beginning.
Today, Philadelphia falls in love with Roy Halladay.
For three and a half months analysts, bloggers, and fans debated the merits of the trades that brought him here. On one side of the aisle, the Phillies were accused of not doing enough to win now; on the other side, they were accused of not getting enough in return for Cliff Lee, the ace pitcher we had come to enjoy over a four-month period of time in which the team came within two wins of a repeat World Series championship.
The time for talk has ended. GM Ruben Amaro’s decision to balance the future and the present has brought Roy Halladay to Washington, D.C. where he will make his first start with his new team. We will all pulling for him to succeed regardless of our interpretation of the road he traveled, as we should have been with McNabb.
If you’re not on the Halladay bandwagon yet, allow yourself to be swayed by his artful carving of hitters at home plate. You will be left mouth agape following one of his un-hittable curve balls or his two-seam fastball that runs back towards the plate. Say goodbye to #5 and say hello to the new #34.
It’s Opening Day. Let’s play some baseball.
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