Though originally being tapped to get to take in opening-day glory on the mound as the defending World Series Champs, Cole Hamels is now out of the running for throwing the first pitches of the 2009 season for the Phils.
His elbow is progressing, but Blanton or Meyers will be handed the ball this Sunday instead.
After a brilliant run in the post season, Hamels was slightly gypped of a win when Game 5 was cut short with a ridiculous rain delay, making him the obvious choice to be the first to stand in the center of Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies triumphant return to South Philly.
Who cares, though, really? Baseball starts this Sunday and there is nothing sweeter than that.