The Phillies open the 2022 baseball season on Friday against the Oakland Athletics.  The field is perfectly manicured, the sun is shining and the excitement is building.  The Phillies are poised to be contenders with the additions of Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos who both bring Home Run power to the lineup.  The Phillies starting pitching is solid and has the potential of being one of the best staffs in the National League.  Youngsters like Alec Bohm and Bryson Stott look to contribute to this veteran-laden lineup.  I’m excited to see how far this team can go; If the pitchers can stay healthy and the offense does what they are capable of doing, I don’t see why the 2022 Phillies can’t win 93 games and challenge for the NL East.  Last year the bullpen was the worst in baseball blowing 34 save opportunities.  If they can cut that number down the Phillies will be in the thick of things in September! 

The Sixers lost to the Toronto Raptors on Thrusday night 119-114, wasting another opportunity to move up the standings, and currently hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.  James Harden played 39 minutes and only had 13 points on 3-12 shooting but he also had 15 assists.  Is it time for concern?  Do the Sixers have enough to go deep in the NBA Playoffs?  We will discuss all the hot topics this weekend in The Locker Room with Billy Schweim. 

On Saturday’s show former Eagles Linebacker Brad Quast joins me in the studio. We will review the Phillies opening day results and look ahead to their weekend.  The Sports Book Consigliere Dave Sharapan will make his weekly appearance from Las Vegas on The Locker Room with his baseball season preview. 

On Sunday’s show, Pete Thompson and Mike Carlin will join me in studio review the weekend in Philly sports. Our weekly segment “ On The Mound with Tommy Greene”  brought to you by Aaron Bada’s Golf Specific Fitness, with GSF offering a Golf and Sports Performance Club.  Thanks to GSF, Tommy will give us the latest insights on the Phillies' season.  Then we will hear from former University of Penn basketball Great Bruce Lefkowitz.  Bruce will be inducted into the Big Five Hall of Fame.

It’s a big weekend in The Locker Room with Billy Schweim from 10am to Noon on 97.3 ESPN radio.     

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