You know what’s a lot of fun? Winning.
That’s what the Phillies did on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, which they could have used a bit more of down the stretch last season.
And the fun isn't only in the stands when things are going well, either, as Phillies players new and old showed Thursday.
What happened in the bottom of the seventh inning on opening day is something Phillies fans hope to see a whole lot more of this season in South Philadelphia.
That would be Rhys Hoskins taking a victorious stroll around the bases after sending a ball deep into the outfield stands for a grand slam and celebrating with teammates Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen in choreographed fashion upon crossing home plate.
The first home run celebration between Harper and Hoskins didn’t disappoint. It consisted of something of a “missed” high-five resulting in a pat on the back, followed by a business-like handshake. It had shades of Carson Wentz and Jordan Matthews.
Following his bro-down with Harper, Hoskins did an unremarkable high-five with Jean Segura before a little ballin’ with Cutch, mimicking a Joel Embiid-style Euro step with the Phillies’ new leadoff hitter.
If you walk Bryce, you're going to have to deal with Rhys.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 28, 2019
Hoskins blasts his first career grand slam! pic.twitter.com/NmVbhtQT5i
Does Rhys have a different celebration with every teammate? I asked him following the game.
“Yeah. We’re getting there,” Hoskins said. “Obviously it’s still early. Some of my handshakes have to get ironed out, make sure we remember them. We got a lot of new teammates and I think the more handshakes we get to do, the more fun we’re having. That’s always a good thing.”
We can’t wait to see all of the handshakes. Bring us the handshakes.
Harper, who was intentionally walked to get to Hoskins before he hit the big grand slam, enjoyed watching Hoskins' bomb just as much.
“I find joy in seeing what my teammates do,” Harper said. “We got to do our handshake today for the first time. We were pretty pumped.”
Harper also partook in an interesting celebration with his fellow outfielders once the win was official.
“I saw that on a video game this offseason,” Harper said. “I talked to Cutch about it, he said, ‘Yeah, that’ll be great.’ Whoever the player of the game was in the outfield, they’ll get the rock, try to juke the guy and score. It was pretty cool. I liked it.”
The Phillies’ opening day win was also pretty cool. Phillies fans liked it.
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