So did Phillies fans on opening day. And his teammates dig him, too. Schwarber slammed a homer off the second-deck facade in his first at-bat with the Phillies

The Phillies never gave up the lead that Schwarber provided and they opened the 2022 season with a 9-5 win over the Oakland A's in front of a sellout crowd of 44,232 at Citizens Bank Park.

The leadoff spot was a big problem for the Phils in 2021. They had a .302 on-base percentage there, second-worst in the majors.

In addition to his leadoff homer, which came on a 3-2 pitch from Oakland starter Frankie Montas, Schwarber walked and singled home a run in five trips to the plate.

The leadoff homer electrified the ballpark. "What a way to introduce yourself," said teammate Rhys Hoskins, who had two hits and two RBIs.

Aaron Nola ran out of gas in the seventh inning and the defense got ugly with a pair of errors. The A's put a four-spot on the board to make it a one-run game

but the Phillies got big hits from Nick Castellanos, Bryson Stott and Schwarber in the seventh and eighth innings to pull away.