The Phillies opening night in South Philly will have a different look and feel than other opening nights. The Phillies start their abbreviated season hosting the Miami Marlins tonight at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05. Phillis’ ace, Aaron Nola, takes the mound for what will be a very odd season abruptly halted during spring training due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It's been a long four months without sports, but tonight the Phillies become the first Philadelphia sports team to play a real game, albeit without the fans in the stands. Last night Major League baseball started its 2020 season with two key matchups: 1) the NY Yankees, who beat the defending 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals 4-1 in a rain shortened game and 2) the LA Dodgers vs the SF Giants. Former Phillies Skipper, Gabe Kapler and his Giants were soundly defeated 8-1 at Chavez Ravine. It felt so good to be able to turn on the TV and watch baseball. Baseball on a hot summer night, hotdogs, apple pie, icecream... it's a part of Americana that we sorely miss.
The Flyers and Sixers are the next to resume action at the end of the month and we are as excited for their return as well. On Saturday’s show, The Locker Room with Billy Schweim, we will talk about Major League baseball’s return and recap of the Phillies game against the Miami Marlins. The Philadelphia Flyers long time Public Address announcer, Lou Nola, joins us to continue our PUSH for Propp into the Hockey Hall of Fame and about his expectations for the NHL’s format to return to hockey. For our “Legends of Lifeguard” segment, we will speak with Five- time SJ champion, John Kenny of the ACBP. John dominated the swim competition in the Jerseys’ and is part of an exclusive club. He will join us as we will relive his accomplishments. Scott McKay and I will break it all down Saturday morning at 10am to 12 noon, on 97.3 ESPN radio South Jersey. The show re-airs on Sunday from 10am to noon.