2018 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (1-3) at Mets (3-1)

In 2004 at my college newspaper office, a handful of friends and I created our profiles on this new website designed to connect us to our classmates. I had to enter my name and basic information, upload a photo, divulge my relationship status (“Single”), and find my classes on a dropdown menu. Soon I’d be able to see other classmates’ profiles. I could talk to a classmate about our work, schedule study sessions and, maybe, get to know that cute one a little more (I could “poke” someone).

It was exciting being one of the first couple thousand people on this website connecting college kids. TheFacebook.com was our own little sanctuary; soon, more and more colleges would connect to the site – it felt like a little bubble for a small sect of people across America.

Fourteen years later and the world is connected to Facebook. Moreover, it’s one of the most ubiquitous things about society – Facebook has become a part of daily life for nearly everyone. It’s also dangerous, contributing in the American political divide while being a haven for information that has definitely been compromised.

And today, if you’re not at Citi Field, it’s the only way to watch the Phillies game.

Gametime: 1:10 p.m.

How to watch: Log onto facebook.com. If you’re not on it, create a profile (I’m sorry). When logged on, search for “MLB Live.” Then click on MLB Live.

The lineup:

  1. Hernandez – 2B
  2. Santana – 1B
  3. Williams – RF
  4. Hoskins – LF
  5. Altherr – CF
  6. Franco – 3B
  7. Knapp – C
  8. Crawford – SS
  9. Nola – P

Pitchers: Aaron Nola (5.1 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (6 IP, 1-0, 6.00 ERA)

I’m excited to watch 16 Phillies strike out today next to some dumb Minion meme (those are still a thing right?).

The only player old enough to actually be on Facebook when it launched? Carlos Santana.

Your Gameday Beer: In honor of this Facebook thing, I’ll recommend the beer I was drinking in 2004, as a dumb underage college student: Heineken. I knew everything back then.

Go Phillies!



  1. Eddie

    April 4, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Real Phillie fans don’t do facebook…or watch sindegard mercilessly mow us down.

    • Steve

      April 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Agreed Eddie, this Stinks!

  2. Vernon Dozier

    April 4, 2018 at 11:20 am

    So the team’s best player over the past three seasons (10.5 WAR) rides the bench for two of the first five games?


  3. Vernon Dozier

    April 4, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    15 strikeouts! Yikes.


  4. Jeff Orbach

    April 5, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Looking at the Phils, I get the feeling that they were not prepared in Spring Training to play games that mean something. FREE ODUBEL!!!

  5. Vernon Dozier

    April 5, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Odubel can’t be happy right now. He’s a better player than Altherr and Williams, and Hoskins is playing out of position. It was hard to forecast Herrera being the odd man out in that scenario.

    I’ll be heading down to the ballpark soon…grilling at our tailgate in Lot K. I should have some Bubba Burgers going by 10:30.


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