It’s time to play ball — Phillies Opening Day is here

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The anticipation, the hype — it all leads to Opening Day for the 2019 Phillies season.

Citizens Bank Park, of course, is pretty empty on a Thursday morning, but the atmosphere is anything but muted. The bunting is draped. The Opening Day logo is painted on the field. And later in the afternoon, this place is going to rock.

Gates open at 12:35 p.m. Fans will get their powder-blue rally towels.

And John Brazer with the Phillies says there’s some celebrity involvement to look out for: “2 o’clock at the third-base plaza, Questlove, Philly’s own Questlove from The Roots, will be DJing.”

And Brazer says the leadoff parade kicks off at 2:26 p.m. The team, now with all-star Bryce Harper, will march into the stadium.

Right before the first pitch, the Frog-X Parachute Team will hop out of a plane onto center field to deliver the first balls. Nix White is one of the parachuters who actually has a connection to the very first Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park.

“Fifteen years ago I was on the U.S. Navy parachute team, The Leapfrogs, and we jumped into the stadium on opening day,” he said. “Fifteen years later, here we are.”

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