Opening Days past at Citizens Bank Park
April 12, 2004
A crowd of 41,626 spent a 48-degree day watching the Phillies open the new $458 million Citizens Bank Park with a 4-1 loss to the Reds. Bobby Abreu hit the first home run ever at the Bank for the Phils' lone run.
April 4, 2005
The Washington Nationals made their debut at CItizens Bank Park after relocating in the offseason following 36 years as the Montreal Expos. The Phillies broke them in with an 8-4 victory aided by a three-run homer from Kenny Lofton and 5 2/3 solid innings from Jon Lieber.
April 3, 2006
Jimmy Rolliins extended his hitting streak to 37 games in the Phillies' 2006 season opener, but by the time he did, the Phillies already trailed the Cardinals by eight runs en route to a 13-5 defeat. Rollins had ended the 2005 season with a 36-game hitting streak, the ninth-longest over one season in big-league history and the longest in the majors since 1987.
April 2, 2007
Edgar Renteria ruined the Phillies' 2007 opener with a two-run homer in the 10th inning that resulted in a 5-2 win for the Braves. Renteria had twice failed to execute a sacrifice bunt but subsequently ripped the game-winning shot instead. "He couldn't get a bunt down, but he could hit a homer," manager Charlie Manuel said of Renteria.
March 31, 2008
The Phillies' path to the 2008 World Series didn't begin with as much as promise as might be expected. Opening Day 2008 at Citizens Bank Park resulted in a 11-6 loss to the Nationals, who had scored the fewest runs in the majors the previous season. The Phillies, meanwhile, entered 2008 having led the league in runs the past two seasons.
April 5, 2009
Citizens Bank Park played host to the MLB opener following the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship, but the Phillies never really got started in their first appearance as defending champs. The Braves notched a 4-1 win thanks to a two-hit performance through eight innings from Derek Lowe. Cole Hamels' scheduled 2009 debut had been pushed back due to minor elbow problems, and Brett Myers took a loss in his third straight Opening Day start.
April 12, 2010
Although the Phillies opened on the road for the first time since CItizens Bank Park opened in 2004, the wait was worth it. The Phillies posted a 7-4 comeback victory over the Nationals, rebounding from the drama of Jimmy Rollins straining his right calf just minutes before the first pitch and a subsequent 4-0 deficit to improve their record to 6-1. The Phillies finished 2010 with the best record in baseball before falling in the NLCS.
April 1, 2011
An Opening Day that began with snow flurries ended in bottom-of-the-ninth redemption. Trailing the Astros 4-2 to start the ninth, singles by Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard set up a Ben Francisco RBI single and Wilson Valdez hit a tying single that kept the bases loaded. John Mayberry Jr. then notched the game-winning RBI single over drawn-in center fielder Michael Bourn.
April 9, 2012
Anibal Sanchez outdueled Cole Hamels, allowing two runs and six hits in 8 1/3 innings, as the Marlins topped the Phillies, 6-2. The home-opening loss to the eventual 2012 bottom dwellers of the NL East signaled a fall from divisional power for the Phillies, who entered the season seeking their sixth straight NL East title but ultimately went just 81-81.
April 5, 2013
George Brett and Mike Schmidt may have thrown out ceremonial first pitches simultaneously to open the 2013 season, but the Phillies couldn't sustain that equal footing against the Royals in a rare interleague matchup between the two teams. In fact, the Phillies surrendered an early 4-0 lead, allowing 17 hits in the last five innings en route to a 13-4 defeat that dropped them to 3-7 in home openers since leaving Veterans Stadium.