Phillies fan: 'I'm kind of upbeat -- I really am'

Doug Henningar, 56, of Northeast Philadelphia, who was at the game with his nephew Gary. (Photo: Aubrey Whelan, staff)
Doug Henningar, 56, of Northeast Philadelphia, who was at the game with his nephew Gary. (Photo: Aubrey Whelan, staff)
Posted: March 31, 2013

Fans got into the action at Citizens Bank Park Saturday afternoon for the Phillies' last exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays before the regular season begins Monday.

In the stands and in the tailgating lots outside Lincoln Financial Field, buoyed by the sunny weather and the promise of a new season, fans said they were optimistic about the season to come.

"I'm kind of upbeat -- I really am," said Doug Henningar, 56, of Northeast Philadelphia, who was at the game with his nephew Gary. It was the fourth inning and the Phillies were down 5-0, but Henningar wasn't worried. "I think we'll do much better than the Flyers, at least," he said, laughing.

Bob Miller, 38, of Northeast Philadelphia was especially happy to introduce his son and daughter, 7 and 5 years old to the Phillies tradition.

"They're very excited," he said, laughing, waiting to enter the stadium. "They can't wait -- they want to run in."

As for the team's prospects, Miller added, "I feel good, I feel strong. I think we're going to do well -- it's a new year, a new fresh start."

Tyler Madden was happily grilling hot dogs in Lot K. "We're excited -- we're ready to roll," said Madden. "We're ready for a rebound for sure." Madden, from Stewartstown, Pa., was at the game with a group of co-workers.

Though the stadium wasn't filled to capacity, attendees were enthusiastic nonetheless. Third baseman Michael Young greeted fans outside the Phanatic Attic, and Ryan Howard drove groups to the third base gate in a golf cart before the game started.

Contact Aubrey Whelan at awhelan@philly.com or 215-854-2771

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