By Melody Miller

It was a frigid and blustery day yesterday in South Philly.

Perfect weather for diehard Phils fans to come out for the first time in 550 days to Citizens Bank Park.

Hey, at least it didn’t snow like it did in 1982, which postponed that opener.

And after the COVID-19 pandemic, it felt great to stretch your legs and lungs in socially distant CBP.

Fan after fan said being able to attend Thursday afternoon’s game against the Atlanta Braves in person was a sigh of relief — a sign that at some point, thin

For now, about 8,800 fans will be permitted to buy home game tickets — less than a quarter of the total capacity of Citizens Bank Park, which seats just over 43,000.

And unlike last year, they’ll play a full 162-game season.

The Phillies return this season with a roster that will again feature some strong hitters, including right-fielder Bryce Harper, catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The pitching picture is less solid. But on Opening Day, everyone’s optimism for the season was still fully intact.


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