Phils pull out all the stops for home opener

Phils pull out all the stops for home opener

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies saved the best for last.

The team entered the ballpark from center field before Monday's home-opening 4-3 loss to the Padres at Citizens Bank Park, and first baseman Ryan Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz were the final two players to enter the building. They are the only two remaining players from the 2008 World Series championship roster, and this is expected to be their final seasons with the team.

Members of the U.S. military unfurled a large American flag as the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men's Chorale sung "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America." Kane Kalas, who is the son of the late Harry Kalas, sang the national anthem.

Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot three times while on duty, threw out a first pitch. President Obama called Hartnett, 33, a hero in his last State of the Union address. Hartnett then surprised his girlfriend with a marriage proposal on the field. She said yes.

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Villanova basketball players Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu also threw out first pitches. Villanova won the NCAA championship last week.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.